Student competition winner is buzzing

Angel Nervida, a year 2 HND Visual Communication: Illustration student, is buzzing after her environmental poster, featuring yellow bumblebees and Scottish wildflowers, was chosen the best at a Scottish Environment LINK event.

Angel and 10 of her classmates (as well as students from other institutions) were asked by Scottish Environment Link, the voice of Scotland’s environment community, to come up with posters to highlight environmental issues. The posters would be used to inspire politicians to take bold steps towards an environmentally sustainable community.

Talking about her poster, Angel said: “I chose the great yellow bumblebee and Scottish wildflowers for my poster because they go hand in hand. Without the wildflowers, there would be no bees — and without bees, our diet would suffer tremendously. Taking care of other living creatures is very fulfilling. Embrace nature in any way that we can.”

A total of 18 students took part and Angel’s poster was chosen the winner at the Scottish Parliament exhibition during Scottish Environment Week 2017.

Angel continued: “How it feels to be a winner? I didn’t enter the competition to win. Just delivering the message is enough.”

Glen McBeth, fine art lecturer at Edinburgh College, said: “It was great to work on this competition with Scottish Environmental Link. It gave the students a chance to discuss environmental issues and also to use their creative skills to get important messages across. This was a national competition with other leading colleges and art colleges also taking part. I was very proud of my students as 11 of them were selected in a final shortlist of 18. Extremely proud that Angel took the overall prize too. Having their work in front of MSPs and leading environmental groups in the Scottish Parliament exhibition was also a great opportunity for them.”