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Video: Sligo students win 'Story of your Stuff' with sharp pencil clip

Winners Emma Jackson and Iga Manulak
Winners Emma Jackson and Iga Manulak

Two students from Sligo have won top spot in a video competition aimed at making school children more aware about where everyday items come from.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 'Story of your Stuff' competition earlier this year and after a flood of entries a brilliant effort from Iga Manulak and Emma Jackson, students at St. Mary's College, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, top the top prize.

Iga and Emma's 90-second video, called 'The Story of a Pencil' is a smart and visually clever look at where the humble pencil comes from, what it can bring to the world during its life cycle and what it can give back to the planet if disposed of properly.

Speaking about the winning submission campaign ambassador, photographer and music video director Christian Tierney said: “The winning entry is amazing with some beautiful shots. The story is told in a very creative and inspiring way.”

Speaking about the winning entry, The Story of Your Stuff judge and Producer of RTE TV’s Eco Eye Marcus Stewart said,

“The winning video demonstrated brilliant artistry and creativity in delivering the message that all the products we use, even something as simple as a pencil, are sourced from materials all over the world. The video promotes the idea that these items should be respected during their full lifecycle and disposal. The film perfectly blends visual artistry with text and music to deliver a perfectly paced film that builds through the lifecycle of the forgotten pencil. The creators Iga Manulak and Emma Jackson are natural artists and film makers.”

The winning students and their school will receive competition prizes.

In addition, the school will get to enjoy a video workshop with Christian Tierney.

A stunning 'claymation' video by Adam Steadman, from Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co. Wicklow, was also commended by the judges.

Details on all the videos commended are available here.