Grafitti and Trench Art

Whittling Away the Long and Dreary Hours


War-Time Contest
from the French Magazine 'Le Pays de France'

A List of the Winning Entries.

French soldiers at work making decorated objects from recuperated war material.
(see the next page for a representative exhibition of the entries)

During the war, the French newsmagazine 'Le Pays de France' organised a trench art contest. Soldiers were encouraged to send in their creations which would then be judged by a no doubt learned panel of experts, according to their artistic or other intrinsic merits. Cash prizes were then awarded to the winning entries. During the contest, the newsmagazine ran up to several pages of photos each week of some of the more photogenic items.