For the last 30 years Lions clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for children encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. Represented in over 200 countries with around 1.5 million members, Lions International certainly has a wide reach and this acclaimed contest is certainly well supported.
This year, aspiring young artists worldwide were challenged to give their creative interpretation of the theme ‘The Future of Peace’.
Five local primary schools participated in Knysna with well over 100 entries submitted by students aged 11-13 years. According to Lions Knysna secretary Marlene Sher “There were so many beautiful posters it was a difficult task to find winners”.
One of our budding local creatives, Jemima Wilcox-Jones, an 11-year-old pupil at Oakhill Prep took third place in the local competition with her colourful and considered poster. Lions International awarded Jemima R500 personal prize money as well as R1000 contribution towards art supplies at her school.
The criteria for judging as explained by Lions International is that 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. This year the international grand prize winner was from Thailand and received a full expenses paid trip with their guardian to the USA plus $5000 prize money.