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22nd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment

​The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 3 million entries from children in over 150 countries.

The theme of the 22nd painting competition will be “Water: The Source of Life” and children will have until 29 February 2013 to submit their entries.

The organizers are inviting children all over the world to submit their paintings to the UNEP office in their regions. Addresses of these offices are indicated on page 3 of the pdf brochure available for download here.

On October, 10th, twelve young people received prizes for their environmental artwork at a special prize-giving ceremony in Brazil for the 21st International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment. 

Global first prize winner is 13-year-old Diana Fan from the USA. Her top-ranked painting depicts a penguin combined with scenes of the deep ocean, forests and wind turbines.

Among the main prizewinners at the ceremony was 14-year-old Ka Mun Leong of Malaysia, who earned global second place in the competition for her colourful painting of a clock divided in two; one half showing pollution, fires and smoke-billowing factories, the rest depicting a clean river surrounded by trees and animals.

Ka Mun received a prize of US$1,000 and a trip to the Tunza International Youth Conference on the Environment in Dubai in January 2013. The Tunza conference is one of the world's biggest environmental summits for young people and is organized by UNEP. 

Six regional winners were also rewarded at the event in Brazil: Atthaphon Wirotrat,Thailand (Asia Pacific), Cristina Iurie Durnea, Moldova (Europe), Waldir Hisashi Santana Tokuda, Brazil (Latin America and the Caribbean), Michelle Hau Tung Lai, Canada (North America) and Dariyush Jehangir Postwalla, Bahrain (West Asia). The regional winner for Africa, Carolina Ferreira of Cape Verde, did not attend the ceremony.             

All regional winners receive US$1,000 and will also participate at the Tunza Conference in Dubai.

For more information about the Competition, please, visit the website of the UNEP.

To see the paintings of the winners of the 21st International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment, please, visit the photo gallery.

For more information on UNEP activities for young people, visit:

Source of the news: the UNEP News Centre.


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