How do young people see life on Earth, the richness of ecosystems, the reasons underlying biodiversity loss and the actions required to stop this loss?
Over 3000 children and youth aged 6 to 20 years of age from over 60 countries submitted artwork to the international biodiversity art contest launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Bioversity International. The contest was developed as part of a global youth education initiative on biodiversity in support of the International Year of Biodiversity.
The judges were impressed by the striking images from artists as young as six, and their depictions of the beauty, fragility and unity of biodiversity. The pictures express young people's awe of the planet's biodiversity and their concern for its future. The team of judges was formed of biodiversity experts, graphic designers and other staff from FAO, CBD and WAGGGS. The process took a long time due the large number of wonderful drawings that were submitted.
The talented winners of the Young Hands Together for Diversity International Biodiversity Art Competition are:
Overall winner: Justino Hernandez Gonzalez, age 20, Mexico.
The winners of the 6 to 10 age group are: 1st Tae Gyeong Hahn, age 10, Republic of Korea; 2nd Ahmed Ifrah Ibrahim, age 9, Maldives; 3rd Denisa Valentina Huma, age 10, Romania; 4th Nethmini Ashinsana Wattetenna, age 9, Sri Lanka.
The best entries in the age 11 to 15 category: 1st Aby Abraham, age 12, Qatar; 2nd Ryanna Tee, age 15, Philippines; 3rd Harsh Hera, age 15, India; 4th Martyna Gauronskyte, age 12, Lithuania.
The top drawings of the 16 to 20 age group are: 1st Anjali Chandrashekar, age 16, India; 2nd Ji Eun Kim, age 16, Republic of Korea; 3rd Hanna Shumska, age 17, Ukraine; 4th Tung Gloria IP, age 16, Hong Kong, China.
In addition, a number of drawing have been selected for special merit as drawings that the judges where particularly impressed for the quality and imagination that has gone into them (these will be posted in the in the coming weeks).
The winning drawings and other entries will be used to illustrate the Biodiversity Challenge Badge and
the Youth Guide to Biodiversity, which will be launched later this month. The entries will also be used to
educate people about biodiversity in other publications.
The competition winners will receive a cash prize and/or special certificate from the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA). The grand prize winner will receive his prize at the special Young Hands Together for Diversity event.
The artwork of the finalists and winners can be viewed on the FAO website at www.fao.org/climatechange/youth/65862/en/. All the drawings will be shortly uploaded on the web for you to view.