January Events 2012

bayer2Young Eco Warriors to Brush up Our Environment

Competition now open - call for Entries for the 21st International Children's Painting Competition

Aspiring young artists are invited to demonstrate their vision for a greener future by putting paint to paper in the 21st International Children's Painting Competition, organised by Bayer and the United Nations Environmental Program, with the opening of entries to this year's competition today.

bayer3The prizes include US$2000 and fully paid trips to the Tunza International Children's Conference for the children and their guardians.

The theme for the 2012 competition is Green Communities, and children are asked to paint a picture based on these questions:

* What don't you like about our environment – our communities, cities, forests, oceans and atmosphere?

* How would you like to see our environment – our communities, cities, forests, oceans and atmosphere?

bayer1The competition is open to children aged 6-14, and paintings must be done on A4 or A3 paper.  Joerg Ellmanns, CEO of Bayer Australia hopes the competition will encourage our future generations to consider the environment around them and understand we need to work together to protect it.  "This painting competition offers a great opportunity to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays whilst educating them and potentially offering them the opportunity of a lifetime. Kids see things differently and I'm looking forward to seeing their visions of our future communities," he says.

The annual competition aims to highlight the importance of the environment to children all over the world and is run by the UNEP with support from Bayer. The painting competition has run since 1991 and received 3 million entries from children in over 100 countries in 2011.

The Tunza International Children's Conference provides a unique opportunity for children to present their environmental projects, inspire each other with their environmental work, become active environmental citizens and contribute towards the future of our planet.  Simon Cherriman, Australian Geographic 2010 Young Conservationist of the Year added: "This competition offers an excellent opportunity for kids to think about the environment they are living in and make a decision about what we need to do to ensure it remains a wonderful place. I love working in this area and feeling like I am making a difference. I wish all the young artists the best of luck!

The winners from Australia and Pacific region will join other children from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa at the Tunza International Children's Conference. United Nations diplomas will also be awarded to the best entries.

Visit www.bayer.com.au to find out more.

Entry details:

Closing Date:  1st February 2012

Age:  6 - 14 years

Address:    Entries should be sent to:      Suzanne Gibbs UNEP Painting Competition c/o Bayer

                                                                   875 Pacific Highway

                                                                   Pymble, NSW 2073

Materials:  There is no restriction on the painting materials.

Format:    The paintings should be in A3 or A4 format. On the back of the picture, full name, address, telephone number and, if available, email address of the child (or parent/legal guardian) must be written legibly.

Exceptions:  Do not include any words or descriptions in the paintings.    Paintings that show a particular person, an organisation or a brand name will not be accepted.  Paintings that have been shown or accepted in other competitions will not be accepted.

Prizes:

The 1st Prize:

One entrant - US$2,000 with a fully paid trip for the winner and a chaperone to the Tunza International Children's Conference (date and venue to be confirmed). The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

The 2nd Prize:

One entrant - US$1,000 with a fully paid trip for the winner and chaperones to the Tunza International Children's Conference. The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

The 3rd Prize:

Three entrants – A diploma for each winner.

The 4th Prize:

Ten entrants – A diploma for each winner.

The 5th Prize:

35 entrants – A diploma for each winner.

Regional winners:

One winner only from each region: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; West Asia; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; and North America. US$1000 and fully paid trip for each winner and chaperones to the Tunza International Children's Conference.

Announcement of winners

Regional winners will be announced on 22 April 2012 Global winners will be announced on 5 June 2012 which is World Environment Day.

 
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