Samantha Webster from Northfield, Birmingham, has been named overall winner of the ninth annual YKC Artist of the Year competition. Samantha, 20, who has been a member of the Young Kennel Club (YKC) for the past four years, said she was “very happy and proud” when she received the phone call telling her she had won. 

“I draw almost every day just for fun, mainly dogs but I draw other animals too. I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember; it’s a huge passion of mine and a big stress reliever,” she said.

Regarding her winning drawing, which will become the front cover of the new YKC Crufts catalogue, Samantha said, “I wanted to combine all the activities that the YKC support and encourage youngsters to take part in with their dogs, especially as the winning design was to feature as the cover of the YKC Crufts catalogue. So I thought it would be good to add in little drawings representing each activity, plus I wanted to add in my own dogs as a fun cameo.”

Samantha’s three Beagles – Samson, Delilah and Lily – aren’t new to the spotlight, as Samantha regularly shows them. Perhaps they will accompany her at Crufts in March, when she receives her award.

Speaking about the winning drawing Cathy Guiver, KC events manager and one of the judges, said, “We were really impressed by the high quality of all the entries and it was an extremely difficult decision. Samantha’s drawing really reflected the criteria set out by the YKC team and was a clear overall winner for us. We hope that exhibitors and competitors enjoy seeing her fantastic image on the cover of the Crufts 2017 YKC catalogue.”

Images courtesy of the Kennel Club.


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