Young Artists Win for the EnvironmentYoung Artists Win for the Environment

Phuket Gazette - February 15th, 2003

Phuket Town: About 150 children took part in a competition last Saturday in which they had three hours to create ideas to preserve the environment.

The competition was held at Gym 3, Sapam Hin. The results showed great imagination and some surprising artistic talent.

Six judges, headed by Apinan Towatanakasam, spent a considerable amount of time and thought before declaring the winners in each group.

Asked how he felt the competition had gone, John Young, of Paddle Asia, which sponsored the event in cooperation with the Phuket Education Department, said, "It has gone superbly, a great success. It has paved the way to make this an annual event."

Here are some additional shots of the event...

Young Artists Win for the EnvironmentWinner, Parinya Ruangrat (on right), displays her work. Her poster consisted of firey skies with smoldering trees that had been cut down. From beneath, the hands, perhaps of Lord Buddha, push life back in. Water was a reoccurring theme with many of the children. Sea turtles were also common.

Young Artists Win for the EnvironmentWinner, Kanjana Chonsiri, receives her congratulations from Phuket Deputy Mayor, Khun Somjai Suwansupana. Kanjana chose dolphins to center her masterpiece. Her vivid use of bright colors won the hearts of the judges.

Young Artists Win for the EnvironmentThough this work didn't win this time, it shows the depth of the imagination of these talented youngsters. This student obviously has "got the environmental part of the message"... what a great use of colors to get the point across.

Paddle Asia wishes to thank the Phuket Education Department. Special thanks goes to Khun Sunan Limjanon, Department Head. We would also like to thank Deputy Mayor Khun Somjai again for helping with the awards and her speech. We at Paddle Asia look very forward to next year's event. This was a superb beginning!

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