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TWO Portsmouth artists are celebrating after being chosen as finalists in a National Open Art competition.

Up-and-coming illustrator Joe Munro has been nominated for his pen-and-ink drawing Leftovers, which was inspired by a Bristol cafe that serves up food found in skips.

Michael James Wright has been nominated for his oil painting Love Fool.

The two artworks were chosen from a field of more than 4,000 submitted from across the UK and Ireland.

Judge Hughie O’Donoghue said the entries were among the best of a strong field. He said: ‘Judging thousands of artworks is a challenge, but the experience is a glimpse of the creative energy at work in Britain and Ireland.

‘I’m impressed with the strength and diversity of the submissions. What comes through for me is a sense of invention and a seriousness of intent, sometimes along with irreverence and humour.’

The finalists are vying for a range of prizes totalling more than £60,000, which will be announced from October 21 to October 23.