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Boy's smiling snowman wins Big Issue cover competition

Martin Wellstead with his winning entry Image copyright PA
Image caption The snowman design took six-year-old Martin Wellstead three hours to create

A drawing of a snowman by a six-year-old boy has won this year's Big Issue magazine front cover Christmas competition.

More than 1,000 entries were made for the annual contest run by the magazine, which is sold to help homeless people.

Martin Wellstead, from Wimborne, Dorset, was named the winner for his drawing of a smiling snowman.

It took him three hours to create and was praised by the magazine for its uplifting design.

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Image caption About 135,000 issues of the magazine with the winning cover will be sold throughout December to help homeless people

The competition has been running since 2013 and is open to under-13s in the UK.

Martin's winning design was chosen by staff at the magazine.

"I looked at last year's winner and the winner from the year before, before deciding what to draw and I thought that you guys needed a snowman so that is what I wanted to give you this year," Martin said.

Big Issue editor Paul McNamee said it was an "amazing creation".

He added: "It lifts your spirits and makes you smile, simply and honestly. That feels very timely right now."

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