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New Zealand children paint a picture of ‘Life in the Forest’

9 March 2011

New Zealand children paint a picture of ‘Life in the Forest’

Auckland, 3 March 2011 New Zealand’s next generation of eco-warriors is being encouraged by Bayer and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to enter the 20th International Children’s Painting Competition on the environment.

The competition is open to entrants aged 6 – 14, who are encouraged to paint an A3 or A4 sized picture to theme. The theme for 2011 is biodiversity and ‘Life in the Forest’ to coincide with the United Nation’s International Year of the Forest.

Children entering the competition have the chance to win US$2000 and a fully paid trip to attend the Tunza International Children’s Conference in Canada this June.

Bayer New Zealand hopes that the competition will encourage children to learn about New Zealand’s unique forest environment, and to pick up a brush in order to promote its continued protection.

Bayer spokesperson, William Malpass, says “New Zealand has always been a clean, green country that feels passionately about the environment…New Zealanders really care about trying to preserve our forests and endangered native species.

“I really encourage children in New Zealand to enter this competition and help showcase our unique forest environment to the world. We’re hoping for the first international winner from New Zealand in 2011.”

Results will be announced at an award ceremony in mid 2011 with winning entries later exhibited at different locations around the world. Last year’s winning entries can be viewed at the official Bayer and UNEP website: www.unep.bayer.com

Entry details:

Closing Date: 8 April 2011

Age: 6 – 14 years

Address:
UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition
Bayer New Zealand Ltd
PO Box 2825
Shortland St
Auckland, 1140

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, e-mail 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 in Canada in June . The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.
The 2nd Prize:
One entrant - US$1,000 with a fully paid trip for winners and chaperones to the Tunza International Children’s Conference, in Canada in June. Each winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.
The 3rd Prize:
Five entrants – A diploma for each winner
The 4th Prize:
Ten entrants – A diploma for each winner
The 5th Prize:
Forty five 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 in Canada in June.

ENDS

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