The National Museum’s Free State Young Artist Competition helps to unearth the province’s treasured generation of budding visual artists.Held for the second year, this competition is for children aged seven to 19.This year, nine young artists received cash prizes for their works. The winners received prizes from the museum and complimentary theatre tickets sponsored by Pacofs. The winning artists’ works were chosen as the best from scores of entries. The theme for this year’s competition was “Year of the Fly”, relating to a celebration planned at the ninth International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia, in November 2018. In category A (age five to nine), Stean du Toit of Grey College claimed the first place, Athena Su of the Eunice Primary School came second, and Miné Buys of the Laer Meisieskool Oranje took third place. In category B (age ten to 14), Realeboga Mafutha of the Calculus College took the first place, Kamohelo Motaung, also of the Calculus College, placed second, while Hané du Toit of the Meisieskool Oranje came third. In category C (age 15 to 19), Lizka Fouché of the Hoër Meisieskool Oranje claimed the first place, Ntsikelelo Lolwane of the Calculus College placed second, and Kaelin Barlow of the Meisieskool Oranje came third. Toni Pretorius, senior artist at the museum, said the competition was held to celebrate National Youth Month. “This year was designated as the Year of the Fly – not only to raise awareness about this diverse group of insects, but also to highlight the roles they play in both nature and human society,” said Pretorius.