MORE than 250 people entered this year’s Machynlleth Festival Tabernacle Art Competition on the theme of 'History' with the winners and selected entries on show at the town’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) until September 5.

Adult first prize went to Wendy Murphy of Llwyngwiril with her oil on board work 'Cofio (Remember)'.

Runner up was Natalie Chapman of Aberaeron, with her acrylic 'She’s a Crazy Old Bird'; and third place went to Ruth Jen Evans of Talybont, with her linocut 'Hela’r Dryw (Hunting the Wren)'.

The age 12 to 17 winner was Swyn Hughes, aged 17, of Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth, with his fabric work 'Tai Blaenau (Blaenau Houses)'; and the aged 11 and under winner was Rowan Bedworth, aged seven, with his paint and crayon work 'Red Bandits of Mawddwy'.

The entries were judged by three artists, Angela Drinkwater-Lunn, Gareth Wyn Jones, and Dorian Spencer Davies.

The final prize will be the Ailsa Owen Memorial Prizes of £850 for adult and £100 for under 18s awarded to the most popular works, voted for by visitors to the galleries before August 23.

The Machynlleth Festival itself starts on Sunday, August 18, and runs to the following Sunday, with concerts and events including Cor Godre’r Aran, the klezmer and Balkan music band She’Koyokh, saxophonist Jess Gillam, cellist Camille Thomas, dramatic soprano Dame Anne Evans, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, the Piatti Quartet and Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.