Danish Embassy’s painting contest for children concludes

The Danish Embassy in Vietnam announced 12 winners of a drawing contest for Vietnamese children at an award ceremony in Hanoi on December 3.

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Some prize-winning drawings of the Denmark in Your Eyes 2019 Painting Competition - Photo: Courtesy of Danish Embassy

The Denmark in Your Eyes 2019 Painting Competition, with the theme of “waste management”, was part of activities to celebrate the 48th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark.

The winners were selected from 15,000 paintings submitted by primary and high school students from 29 provinces and cities nationwide during six weeks of the competition.

The jury comprised established painters from Kim Dong Publishing House and Nhi Dong newspaper.

Nguyen Khanh Linh, a six-year old student from ArtHome Mulberry Lane club, won the first prize for her painting “Don't Let Waste Become Food of the Sea”. She was awarded a camera and a lego set.

There were also two first prizes, three second prizes, and six third prizes, which came to students from HCM City, Ben Tre, Bac Giang and Hanoi, and 100 consolation prizes.

“The Vietnamese children have never ceased to surprise me with their serious interest in the environmental agenda and their artistic talent. Their paintings have shown that the love and concern for our planet is universal despite differences in age or citizenship,” said Ambassador of Denmark Kim Hojlund Christensen.

After the award ceremony, all winning paintings have been donated to the National Children’s Hospital to decorate patients’ rooms.

Research in Denmark shows that exposure to lively visual arts can reduce stress and calm anxieties for family members while contributing beneficially to the patient’s recovery. Therefore, the donated paintings are expected to bolster spirits of the hospital’s patients.

“In addition to their prime purposes of promoting awareness and sharing ideas and visions about waste management, the paintings also serve a good cause as they hopefully can provide much needed distractions to young patients during their battles against sickness,” Ambassador Christensen said.

Saigon Times