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Children invited to paint Green Communities for competition

15 November 2011

Children invited to paint ‘Green Communities’ for international competition

Auckland, 15 November 2011 - Young artists are being encouraged to demonstrate their passion for the environment in the 21st International Children’s Painting Competition, organised by Bayer and the United Nations Environmental Program.

The theme for 2012 is Green Communities, and children are asked to paint a picture based on these questions:

• What don’t you like about our environment – our communities, cities, forests, oceans and atmosphere?
• How would you like to see our environment – our communities, cities, forests, oceans and atmosphere?

The competition is open to children aged 6-14, and paintings must be done on A4 or A3 paper.

Entering the competition gives children the chance to win US$2,000 and a trip to the Tunza International Children’s Conference next year. The conference gives children the opportunity to become active environmental citizens and contribute towards the future of our planet.

Bayer New Zealand spokesperson William Malpass hopes the competition will encourage children to think about their ideas on environmental protection in important areas of life.

“This project could be a great end of term class activity or holiday project to keep kids entertained while encouraging them to consider their wishes, hopes and fears for our environment,” he says.

Last year’s winning entries can be viewed at the official Bayer and UNEP website:

Entry details:

Closing Date: 1 February 2012
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, email 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.


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 (date and venue to be confirmed). The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

The 2nd Prize:
One entrant - US$1,000 with a fully paid trip for the winner and chaperones to the Tunza International Children’s Conference. The winner will also receive a plaque and supplementary prizes.

The 3rd Prize:
Three entrants – A diploma for each winner.

The 4th Prize:
Ten entrants – A diploma for each winner.

The 5th Prize:
35 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.

Announcement of winners
Regional winners will be announced on 22 April 2012
Global winners will be announced on 5 June 2012 which is World Environment Day.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

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