Published: Monday, 14 August 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

A banner depicting a grinning shark taking a selfie has taken out top prize in the 2017 Banners in the Terrace Competition. 59 communities entered banners in the competition run by the WA Local Government Association as part of its annual Convention at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

 WALGA Chief Executive Officer Ricky Burges said the banners showed the variety of communities, lifestyles, flora and fauna that exist across the State.

“The submissions showcased visually attractive artistic designs, striking use of colours and iconic illustrations that depict diverse and unique parts of our State,” she said.

The winning banner shows a cartoon shark in clear seawater displaying its set of pearly whites and taking a photo of itself with a camera on a selfie-stick. It has a tagline “greetings from Shark Bay, where the locals are friendly.”

“The design and creativity in this lovely banner makes it a stand-out. It is beautifully done and very easy to read when hung up along St Georges Terrace,” Ms Burges said.

“The judges could not go past the shark with the big smile taking a selfie. It is outstanding and definitely hard to look at without laughing and wanting to go to Shark Bay. Friendly Shark Takes Out Top Banner Award

 “I’m sure it will bring a smile to many faces.”

The annual Banners in the Terrace Competition has categories open to primary and secondary schools, community groups and professional artists. The competition winners were announced at the 2017 WA Local Government Convention and Exhibition, which attracts more than 600 Local Government representatives and over 100 suppliers to the sector.

 The winners of the 2017 Banners in the Terrace are: Junior Primary School     -   Shire of Mingenew Upper Primary School     -   Shire of Broomehill - Tambellup Secondary School            -   Shire of Broome Community Group           -   Shire of Waroona Professional/Digital         -   Shire of Shark Bay OVERALL                     -    Shire of Shark Bay

High commendations were awarded to Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Upper Primary School), Shire of Dandaragan (Secondary School), Shire of Collie (Community Group), City of Karratha (Community Group) and Shire of Westonia (Professional / Digital).  A big thankyou goes to the girls in the office for their work in designing this year’s banner.

The Westonia Banner on its return will be on display with previous years entrants in Complex.

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