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Winners of IAEA Children´s Painting Competition

Twelve year old, Cheng Cin Min Michelle, from China, has won the IAEA's Children's Painting Competition

Judges review over 130 entries in the IAEA children´s painting competition. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

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Twelve-year old Michelle Cheng Cin Min from China, has won the IAEA´s children´s painting competition with her entry entitled "Let´s Care For the World with Green Energy". Second place went to 10 year old Jerrika C. Shi, from the Philippines, for her drawing "Energy in the Mind of a Child", while third place was secured by Ho Charlotte Sie Win, 13, also from China for her painting "What a Wonderful World". Their drawings were judged the best from over 130 paintings that were sent in by school children from around the world.

The competition was held as part of celebrations to mark the IAEA´s 50th Anniversary this year. Its theme Energy in Our World was widely and creatively depicted by the children who joined the competition. Entries ranged from black-and-white prints of Iraqi villages which lack the energy to light-up streets and homes; to colourful cartoons strips showing how to "Save Energy. Save the World".

Judges also highly commended Pristavu Adrian Emanuel, aged 9 of Romania, and Tiffany Law aged 12, from China for their entries.

"The paintings we received were of an extremely high standard", IAEA Director of Public Information Mr. Marc Vidricaire said. "The IAEA expresses its appreciation to all the children from all over the world who have participated and sent their entries. They showed a strong awareness by today´s youth of the importance of energy in our lives, but also the need to protect the planet when generating it", he said.

The three winning entries will be published in the IAEA Bulletin, the official publication of the Agency, and will also be published as posters. In addition, the prize winners will receive an award certificate signed by IAEA Director General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei.

Also ranking in the top 12 art works selected for mention, were paintings by: Bavishya Subramanian, aged 13, Vienna; Yae-Hoon Park aged 11, South Korea; Marvi Baig aged 14, Pakistan; Cherie Tsang, aged 8, China; Lakshmi Shree A.J.S, aged 10, India; Alyarosa Taqwaariva, aged 8, Indonesia; and Kristina Keung, 12, China.

A photo gallery of the the winning entries and top finalists is available under under Story Resources.