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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

International Art Contest for Young People

Children & Teens,
Imagine a World
Free of Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Harmony for Peace Foundation have jointly launched the 2012 Art for Peace Contest.

They are calling on all young artists to use their creative talents to imagine a “World Free of Nuclear Weapons.”
Whether you paint or draw, use watercolors or acrylics, pencils or crayons, the Art for Peace Contest wants you to use your imagination to express your vision for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.
The contest begins on 1 February and ends on 30 April 2012.
This contest is open to children and teens, ages 5 – 17, across the globe.
Wherever you live, you are eligible to enter this contest

Art is the universal language.  Art speaks to our hearts and minds.
Art can make a difference.
And so can you.

The Art for Peace Contest is sponsored by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Harmony for Peace Foundation.
Contest Period
The contest begins on 1 February and ends on 30 April 2012.
Who Can Enter
Youth who are between 5 and 17 years of age can enter this contest, and it is open to all children and teens in all countries.
How to Enter
You can draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolor to create your artwork. Be creative, and use your imagination to show a world free of nuclear weapons, a world without bombs, without wars, without fear.
To enter this contest, all participants are encouraged to watch a short film online, and then create your own artwork based on the content of the film and the theme of the contest. Different films are available for different age groups. Please visit http://www.unartforpeace.org/ to watch the films. When you are there, you can also upload a photo or scanned file of your artwork onto our web site.
Once your artwork is posted, your family, friends and anyone else will be able to share your work via Facebook and other social media.
Parents and Teachers
Children between the ages of 5 and 12 will need to have their parents or teachers help them with their submissions.
Contest Prizes
There will be 4 winners in each age category (ages 5-8, ages 9-12 and ages 13-17), and all the art work entries will be judged using the same criteria: creativity, composition, theme and technique. The winners will be announced before the end of May 2012. For age groups 5-8 and 9-12, the winners will receive wonderful art supplies.
For age group 13-17, there will be cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.
Each winning entry will also receive a certificate from the United Nations and all winning artwork will be reproduced in a United Nations calendar.
All art works must be original, and the UN retains all copyright of the materials submitted. Files uploaded to the contest website should not contain photographic images of the contestant nor other personal information.
The UN shall not be responsible for any loss or damage that may occur by entering this contest and the UN reserves the right to make changes to the rules of the contest without prior notification.

Information & Submission:


Contest administrators may be reached via email at: UNODA-web@un.org
Or through Facebook at the UN International Day of Peace page: www.facebook.com/unpeaceday
Or through Twitter at: https://twitter.com/#!/UN_Disarmament
Visit the home page of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs at: www.un.org/disarmament
And check out our special website on Disarmament Education:  www.un.org/disarmament/education

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