10-year-old Fergus Rutherford-Moyler from Glasgow has been named the winner of the Big Issue’s Kids Christmas Cover Competition 2021, in association with Iceland and judged by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Greg James.
Fergus’ design, depicts a snowman as a Big Issue vendor. The picture is a beautiful collage of a snowman dressed in the famous red Big Issue tabard and cap, with a Big Issue magazine in hand.
Fergus’ ingenious design was chosen out of hundreds of creative and highly festive entries, all of which were very impressive. The magazine with his design as its cover is available to buy from Big Issue vendors across the UK from Monday 12th December.
Since the first competition in 2013, The Big Issue has seen thousands of entries from young readers.
On hearing he had won, Fergus said: “Wow, that’s great! I like the Big Issue, so I got some magazines and some paper and I cut shapes and put them together. I was just going to have a snowman but then I wanted him to wear a Big Issue jacket and hat, so he looked like he was selling the Big Issue. I think it’s a happy image.”
Fergus’ mum, Ailie Rutherford, was also really pleased with the result, adding: “Oh my goodness! That’s really exciting. We always get our Big Issue from Brigitta on Trongate [in Glasgow city centre]. She’s great. Every year Fergus is dead excited when the Christmas Kids Cover Competition comes round. He’s been entering for years. He’s just always full of ideas. He’s been getting quite into collage recently, and we enjoy using old copies of the Big Issue.”