File photo dated 13/06/15 of (Left-right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade, London. Prince George will celebrate his second birthday tomorrow.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Budding young artists could be crowned the king or queen of the paintbrush with Jewish News’ design competition marking Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign.

*The closing date for entries has been EXTENDED to 6 September.

Youngsters aged up to 17 are being encouraged to put paint, pastilles, pen or other art materials to paper to celebrate the 9 September milestone when Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-serving Monarch.

Queen Victoria reigned for 23,226 days – 63 years and seven months. Jewish News teamed up with the Partnership for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) to launch the contest, but those attending non-community schools are also encouraged to take part.

The finalists in two age categories – under 12 and 13–17 – will be revealed online on the day of the anniversary.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.46.23The following day, the winning designs – selected by a panel of judges including MP Luciana Berger, Richard Ferrer, Editor Jewish News, PaJeS executive director Rabbi David Meyer and Aimee Taylor of the Ben Uri Gallery – will be published in the paper.

The two winners will also win an iPad Air.

Ferrer said: “The community’s affection and admiration for Her Majesty is highlighted in prayers recited every Shabbat in synagogues up and down the country. This contest will enable youngsters across Anglo-Jewry to celebrate her reign and creatively express what the Queen means to them ahead of a significant milestone in our nation’s history.”

Meyer said: “PaJes is delighted to be working with Jewish News in offering schools the opportunity to recognise this important occasion and encouraging pupils to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign.”

Berger said: “I’m delighted to be playing a part in this project marking the Queen’s unparalleled service to Britain over more than 63 years and look forward to seeing the creations of young artists across the community.”

Please send entries on one A4 sheet of paper to Art competition, PO Box 34296, London NW5 1YW.