17-year-old Anika Joshi once again won the top spot at Y Magazine’s Portrait By A Nation competition.
Taking the top spot in Y’s Portrait By A Nation is quite an honour, but winning it twice is definitely out of the ordinary. Nonetheless, for 17-year-old Anika Joshi – who wears a wide smile on her face as she receives the prize on stage – drawing and painting is just another part of her daily activities.
Her skills, she laughs, she picked up from her father Joshi, who is a stellar artist himself. What’s more amazing is that she is now en route to college to pursue her dreams of becoming an artist – and she proudly commends Y Magazine for fueling her passion by giving her the confidence to succeed.
“This is a very emotional moment for me,” Anika says in a broken tone.
“This was my last Portrait By A Nation competition, and I had been taking part in it for the last three years. It’s something that has become a part of who I am.
“I will be going to college this year, and I am opting for fine arts. I think in a way the Y magazine instilled a sense of confidence in me to pursue my dream. I would like to thank you all for your support and I hope this competition will go on for many more years.”
We’ll definitely miss the charisma and eminence that Anika brings to the table, but she wishes all the future participants the best. She also believes that some of the most talented artists are still only being formed – and that it is only a matter of time before we uncover it for the nation to see.