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In an exciting showcase of regional talent, Moranbah artist Naiya Luczynski has triumphed in the BMA River 2 Reef Youth Art Competition, securing the coveted first place with her design that beautifully captures the spirit of Mackay and its natural surroundings.

The competition drew numerous submissions from high school students across the Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac Regional Council areas and highlighted the rich creativity brewing within these communities.

Naiya’s artwork, inspired by the vivid landscapes of Mackay, features iconic elements such as sugar cane fields, serene sunsets and a guiding lighthouse.

“My design was inspired by the natural beauty and diverse landscapes in our surroundings. I focused on four main elements: the sugar cane, the sunset, the lighthouse, and cyclists coming together, all representing the region and the spirit of the event,” said Naiya.

Encouraged by a significant figure in her life, she entered the competition to challenge herself and engage more deeply with her passion for art.

“A wonderful lady who knows that I love art encouraged me to enter. This has really helped me build confidence and step out of my comfort zone.”

When the results were announced, Naiya was pleasantly surprised and deeply grateful for the overwhelming support her design received.

“I was very excited that the public had been so positive and taken the time to vote for my design.

“Being a young artist in a regional community sometimes means we don’t always have access to opportunities or resources for arts fields that bigger towns and cities have.”

Despite these hurdles, she remains proud and optimistic about the role of art in connecting and enhancing small communities.

“This makes me very proud that although we are in a small regional area, through my art and the opportunity that River 2 Reef Ride and its sponsors have created with this competition, I have been able to reach many people and share my love of art for a wonderful cause.”

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Linda Murry, General Manager of BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal, congratulated Naiya on her win.

“Naiya’s design beautifully encapsulates the spirit of the Mackay region, showcasing its natural beauty and sense of community. We are thrilled to see her talent recognised and are proud to have her design featured on this year’s BMA River 2 Reef Ride Cycling Jersey.”

The competition not only highlights individual talent but also fosters a sense of community and support, as evidenced by the backing from local communities, schools and families. Event Director Nikki Giles expressed enthusiasm about making this an annual event, emphasising the privilege of being part of the young artists’ journeys.

With the competition concluded and Naiya as its deserving winner, the community is now focused on the upcoming BMA River 2 Reef Ride, where cyclists will not only compete, but also raise funds for RACQ CQ Rescue and Disabled Sport and Rec Mackay.

Naiya is very much looking forward to it.

“It will be an extremely proud moment to see all of the participants lined up at the start wearing something I designed.”

2024 BMA River 2 Reef Ride September 31 – Golding Kids Colour Ride October 1 – BMA River 2 Reef Ride www.river2reefride.com.au

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