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Announcing the winners of the YUNGA International Drawing Competition!

Over 2800 children and youth aged 6 to 20 years of age from over 60 countries participated in this year’s Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) International Drawing Competition. By taking part in this global contest and exploring the proposed topic, forest biodiversity, participants have contributed to the objectives of the "International Year of Forests 2011” to raise awareness on the vital role forests play in our lives.

The overall winner of the competition is Naylee Nagda, 15 years old, from Nairobi, Kenya. As the grand prize winner Naylee will be invited on an expenses paid trip to collect her prize at an international event.

The winners of the 6 to 10 age group are: 1st Wigave Rattamanee aged 10 Thailand, 2nd Maria Jimenez Albarran aged 8 Mexico, 3rd Siddhi Prasad aged 7 Qatar, 4th Andi Tenribalo Hikmah Papacce Tenri aged 6 Indonesia.

The winning entries in the age 11 to 15 category are: 1st Naylee Nagda Aged 15 Kenya, 2nd Lea Anne R. Rulloda aged 13 Philippines, 3rd Giovanna Lucarini aged 11 Italy, 4th Aby Abraham aged 13 Qatar.

The winners of the 16 to 20 age group are: 1st Louisa Luk aged 17 China, 2nd Daniela Karaivanova aged 17 Bulgaria, 3rd Hoi Kei Leung aged 18 China, 4th Vincente Tiu Tangcuro III aged 17 Singapore.

The competition winners will receive a special certificate from the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA). The winning drawings and other entries will be used to educate people about the importance of forests, including biodiversity, in various publications and outreach material such as logos, posters, T-shirts, etc.

Participants’ diverse and impressive works of art illustrated everyday actions that can contribute to preserving forest biodiversity or interactions between species and forest ecosystems on local and global scales. Drawings were judged based on criteria such as imageries of interactions, unity and fragility of forest biodiversity. The selection process was led by biodiversity experts, graphic designers and other staff from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

The artwork of the finalists and winners can be viewed on the FAO website. To find out more about other United Nations activities and resources for children and young people go to www.yunga.org or register for the free news alert by sending an e-mail to YUNGA@fao.org.

Overall Winner:

1st Naylee Nagda Aged 15 Kenya

5-10 years old:

1st Wigave Rattamanee aged 10 Thailand

2nd Maria Jimenez Albarran aged 8 Mexico

3rd Siddhi Prasad aged 7 Qatar

4th Andi Tenribalo Hikmah Papacce Tenri aged 6 Indonesia

11-15 years old:

1st Naylee Nagda Aged 15 Kenya

2nd Lea Anne R. Rulloda aged 13 Philippines

3rd Giovanna Lucarini aged 11 Italy

4th Aby Abraham aged 13 Qatar

16-20 years old:

1st Louisa Luk aged 17 China

2nd Daniela Karaivanova aged 17 Bulgaria

3rd Hoi Kei Leung aged 18 China

4th Vincente Tiu Tangcuro III aged 17 Singapore