The winner of the seventh annual WRAD Art in Schools competition has encouraged people to speak about their problems.

Brauer College year 10 student Zoe Murphy’s `Speak before your mind explodes’ took out the top prize and $500 when the competition winners were announced tonight.

Zoe said she created the artwork to show how important it is to talk about what’s going on in your head.

“You should never be afraid to talk about your problems,” she said. “If you keep all your problems and negative thoughts to yourself you might just explode and fragment into something disastrous.”

Second place went to Brauer College year 12 student Angelique Van Antwerpen with `Do Not Cry’ and third to Warrnambool College year 10 student Cassie Byron with `Forest of the Mind’.

Encouragement awards were presented to Alexandria Keen from Warrnambool College, Molly McCarthy of Brauer College, Kristy Parsons of Camperdown College, Jasmin Garcia of Timboon P12 School, and Miles Anderson of Kings College.

The People’s Choice Award was won by Jasmine Garcia’s Puzzled.

WRAD staff chose Kristy Parsons’ Helping Hand as their favourite artwork.

The top three placings were selected by an independent judging panel of art experts and the encouragement awards were chosen by the art show committee.

The art show will be open until June 29 at Southern Grampians Adult Education (formerly SEAL) 91 Hyland Street Warrnambool.

This year’s theme is ` Lookout: Let’s Make a Difference’.

Zoe Murphy with her winning entry