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Teen Wins Contest With a Drawing So Real, You Won't Believe It's Not a Photograph

When it comes to what she can do with a No. 2 pencil and a blank sheet of paper, let's just say Shania McDonagh works some serious magic. That's probably why everyone who knows her is unsurprised that, for four years running, the Irish teen has been consistently winning the prestigious Texaco Children's Art Competition for her age group. Yes—every single year.

But just take one look at the hyperrealistic drawing she whipped up for this year's competition, and it's easy to see why she's been nabbing top honors:

Amazing, isn't it? Sure beats anything we ever threw together in art class at 16.

The drawing is titled Coleman, and, according to the judging panel chairman, Declan McGonagle, who directs the National College of Art & Design, it's a clear example of why Shania may just be "one of the most talented artists of her generation." What's more, McGonagle says that her skill puts her on track to become "one of Ireland's foremost portrait artists of the future."

Along with plenty of praise, Shania walked away with a cool $2,075 in prize money from the competition, which she is due to get next month. We're not sure about you, but if this kid is that good at 16, we can't wait to see what else she can do in just a few years.

Image via the Irish Times

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