21 October 2013 - This story is in archive

Talented graphic design and illustration student Sahara Charles has won a competition launched by the Ramada Hatfield Comet Hotel in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire to create a piece of artwork encompassing the aviation history of Hatfield.

The winning work

The winning work, which focused on the Great Air Race of 1934 from Hatfield to Australia, has been installed in the hotel reception and scooped Sahara a £200 prize which was presented to her by general manager Howard Dunn this week. 

Supporting talented students

Howard said: "Design is an important part of Hatfield's past so it is great to be able to continue celebrating its importance in the present day. The University of Hertfordshire does a great job in keeping this alive and we are delighted to support such talented students."

Sahara said: "I feel incredibly proud to see my artwork displayed in the Ramada; there was such a high standard of work from all the students. We were given a range of themes and ideas to base our artwork on, but I focused on both the Great Air Race and the Comet Aircraft which is integral to Hatfield's rich heritage."

Industry ready

The competition was solely for 2nd year Graphic Design and Illustration students, overseen by senior lecturer Adam Graff. Two runners up, Naomi Andrews and Shaun Godfrey, were also chosen by the hotel to have their artwork displayed and were awarded £50 each.

Adam said: "The collaboration with the Ramada is a true testament to the high standard of student work as industry ready professionals. The students responded really well to the brief, producing a whole variety of professional design solutions - the hard part was selecting just one winner!"