A budding graphic designer from Gwynedd claimed the second prize in a Wales-wide competition.

Art and design student Ryan John, age 19, of Harlech, beat competition from across the country to win the silver award at the Skills Competition Wales media and creative event in Coleg Gwent's City of Newport Campus on December 12.

His winning poster design was praised as a "creative, bilingual and typographic response to the brief."

Fellow Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Dolgellau student Rhys Parry, age 18, of Llan Ffestiniog, was also singled out by judges for his "elegant and sophisticated" design.

Art and design tutor Martin Evans said:

This is the first time the art department at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Dolgellau has entered students into Skills Competition Wales, and we are very proud of our students' achievements.

This was an excellent opportunity for them to showcase their skills and to experience a competitive environment - all the students were praised for their resilience and professionalism.

We look forward to entering our students into future competitions.

Ryan and Rhys represented Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in a competition involving roughly 20 talented art and design students from around Wales.

They were tasked with designing a marketing poster to promote the creative arts in Wales, targeting secondary-school pupils.

They had a set-time to produce original, eye-catching and persuasive designs with a strong use of typography and a clear understanding of the target audience.

Skills Competition Wales events are held in various trades and sectors across the country with successful competitors encouraged to take part in WorldSkills UK competitions.

As part of the Welsh Government-funded Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales project, the overall aim is to raise the profile of skills in Wales and offer students, trainees and apprentices a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills.

For more information about art and design courses at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/courses.