An Annual Art Contest for Kids
Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.
The theme of the 2011-12 Peace Poster Contest is “Children Know Peace.” Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.
Here are three of this years entries.
Promoting the Arts
Each year’s contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists’ life experiences and culture.
Spreading Peace and International Understanding
Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.
Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.
Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.
International winners will be notified on or before February 1.
- One international grand prize winner will receive a trip to a special award ceremony with the sponsoring club president and two family members at Lions Day with the United Nations (subject to change). During the ceremony, the winning artist will receive an engraved plaque and a cash prize of US$5,000.
- Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement.
Past Peace Poster Contest grand prize winners have come from Brazil, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Martinique, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Multiple District 300 Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.