A STUDENT from Anglia Ruskin University has won a prestigious illustration prize, picking up £1,000 in the process.

Bethan Woolvin, 20, an illustration student, took home the Macmillan Prize for new work from young illustrators after wowing judges with her quirky take on Little Red Riding Hood. She beat more than 300 other entries.

It’s the fifth year in a row a student from the university has won the prize.

Bethan, who is from Chelmsford, but now lives in Cambridge to be closer to her campus, was ecstatic with her achievement.

She said: “I really pushed myself when making Little Red Riding Hood, and I was really hoping to get highly commended, that was my goal.

“When I got a call to tell me that I had won, I was shocked beyond belief. My dream is for a career in illustration and I couldn’t have asked for a better start.”

Senior lecturer in illustration Pam Smy said: “People think art is a doss subject but you have to be really dedicated. Bethan and other winners have been really happy to learn and make the best of their studies.”