Art For Peace 2012 Competition
Congratulations to our twelve winners!
The judging of this contest was certainly very difficult. We had a global panel of jurors made up of a large group of art professionals. The jury spent four weeks undergoing an ardurous process of judging over 6600 entries. All the artwork submitted had a variety of powerful messages of hope for world peace and a nuclear-free world. They are truly inspiring, creative and showcased many unique expressions. On behalf of all the jurors and everyone who joined us in working for this contest, we had a remarkable experience in witnessing an outpouring of positivity and a collection of beautiful artwork.
We thank all of the contestants for their artwork submissions and their parents and teachers who helped them. The following winners were chosen according to the criteria described in the rules of the contest; theme, creativity, technique and composition. Here are the results of the contest:
92 Countries, 6623 Works of Art, 1 Message of Peace
Artist: Haruka S. Location: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA Age: 17 First Place, Age 13-17 "Maybe it is your child, or your grandchild, or much more later one who says bye to nuclear weapons. Or, maybe, it's you."
Artist: Ai Y. Location: Hiroshima, Japan Age: 16 Second Place, Age 13-17 "This is [the atomic bomb called] Little Boy that was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 on August 6, 1945. The senselessness of a bomb is expressed by a bird playing. The wish for the abolition of nuclear weapons is sent to the world from Hiroshima, City of peace."
Artist: Sutatip M. Location: Petchaboon, Thailand Age: 16 Third Place, Age 13-17 "In my picture people around the world play together to protect the world. Similarly, there is an umbrella to protect against solar rays. A nuclear weapon is a mass destructive weapon from which many living things will be affected. People from different nations come together to sweep away nuclear weapons so as to create peace for our future."
"Alimentando la paz / Feeding Peace"
Artist: Joya Figueroa I. Location: San Salvador, El Salvador Age: 17 Fourth Place, Age 13-17 "Peace must be nurtured by humanity. In my drawing I represent the marine life food chain also implying that peace can destroy war."
Peace For Our Future Generation
Artist: Yan Ling M. Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Age: 12 First Place, Age 9-12 "I dream of a world with no fighting, where everyone is determined to make it a better place for future generations. The doves of peace will overcome all greed and set us free from nuclear threats forever."
"Let Peace Fly"
Artist: Michelle L. Location: San Ramon, USA Age: 11 Second Place, Age 9-12 "Under the threat of nuclear war, the world cries day and night. For those who love peace, let us demolish nuclear weapons and let peace fly."
"World Without Atomic War"
Artist: Karina P. Location: Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan Age: 12 Third Place, Age 9-12
"Give Me Peace on Earth!"
Artist: Annika T. Location: Hamburg, Germany Age: 12 Fourth Place, Age 9-12
"If A World Free of Nuclear Weapons"
Galuh Edelweiss Sayyidina R. Pontianak, Indonesia Age: 8 First Place, Age 5-8 I think if there was no war then there would be no nuclear weapons, bombs, and fear that makes it all destroyed. The world will definitely feel comfortable, peaceful, and beautiful. We can see various plants and colorful flowers thriving, butterflies quietly sucking honey, free-flying birds in the sky, and beautiful views of the twilight sky... All occur freely, witho limits, without pressure, without fears...
"We Love Peace"
Artist: Zhihan L. Location: Xu Zhou, China Age: 7 Second Place, Age 5-8
"Веселая планета - Funny Planet"
Artist: Евгений У. Location: Cheboksary, Russia Age: 7 Third Place, Age 5-8 "With no threat of nuclear war on the planet, there will be smiling children everywhere."
Artist: Areen H. Location: Mirpur A.K. Pakistan Age: 7 Fourth Place, Age 5-8 "The nuclear inventions are destroying me. Stop the inventions of destruction. I want to be a happy Earth."
You can browse the gallery of all the entries at www.unartforpeace.org
October 23, 2012
Haruka Shoji, First Prize Winner
(13-17 Age Category)
Thank you to all Children & Teens who entered the contest!
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Harmony for Peace Foundation
jointly launched the 2012 Art for Peace Contest.
We called on all young artists to use their creative talents to imagine
a “World Free of Nuclear Weapons.”
Whether you paint or draw, use watercolors or acrylics, pencils or crayons,
the Art for Peace Contest wanted you to use your imagination to express
your vision for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.
This contest was open to children and teens, ages 5 – 17, across the globe.
Art is the universal language. Art speaks to our hearts and minds.
Art can make a difference.
And so can you.