Saana Vehkavaara from Tampere, Finland, has achieved a joint fourth place win in the international painting competition organised annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bayer. This is no small feat as the painting competition received 637 675 entries from all over the world.
Saana’s entry, depicting the competition’s theme “Green Communities”, was described as engaging and dramatic.
The winner of the competition was 13-year-old Diana Fan from the United States. The winner will receive a 2000 dollar cash award and second place winner Ka Mun Leong from Malaysia and the six regional category winners will each receive 1000 dollars. Saana Vehkavaara, together with her family, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the amusement park Linnanmäki in Helsinki.
― It’s impressive to see the children’s level of awareness of environmental issues and how they use their imagination to express this in pictures, says Bayer’s representative Dr. Michael Preuss.
The paintings entered in the competition first underwent a preliminary round in regional categories. For example 2.2 million paintings took part in China’s national preliminaries. Following this, a jury made up of teachers and representatives of UNEP, Bayer, the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment and Nikon selected the winners and 50 other paintings, which will be exhibited in various parts of the world.
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