Pupil’s window to a more colourful world is a winner

Vanessa Ibragimov with her winning window design and below all the competition winners. Photos by John Cairns
Vanessa Ibragimov with her winning window design and below all the competition winners. Photos by John Cairns

A creative nine-year-old’s colourful drawing of a fantasy world is being displayed on the side of a building in the heart of Oxford.

A creative nine-year-old’s colourful drawing of a fantasy world is being displayed on the side of a building in the heart of Oxford.

The 12 winners of the Window On Another World competition. Photo by John Cairns

The 12 winners of the Window On Another World competition. Photo by John Cairns

The design by Vanessa Ibragimov, a pupil at the Barley Hill School in Thame, was chosen from more than 2,000 entries to the Window On Another World competition run by the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), publishers Oxford University Press, and engineering firm Laing O’Rourke.

The Oxford-wide competition was inspired by the construction of BSG’s new building in Jericho, Oxford and the entries were judged for being the most imaginative, bright and exciting visions of another world.

The 12 winning sketches were unveiled in a large-scale public display on the side of the building in a ceremony on Friday, January 16, and all the winners received goody bags full of prizes.

Vanessa, who lives in Thame with her family, said of her design: “I thought about a window on another world where different types of food become fantasy animals. “It would be a strange and funny world and something that would make me smile everyday.”

Dan Allton, Year 5 teacher at the school in Ludsden Grove, said: “All the children were really inspired by the competition and we were really impressed with the quality of entries.

“As a school, we cannot wait to see Vanessa’s work in place!”