The 1st Chinese Children's Painting Competition

The Chinese Children's Painting Competition, held in China for the first time in 2008, saw children collectively submit 200,000 paintings on the theme of climate change. Some 620 paintings were selected for prizes by the jury, which was made up of renowned Chinese artists, UNEP officials and Ms. Liz Rihoy.

This was the first time the Children's Painting Competition was held in China, in conjunction with UNEP’s International Children's Painting Competition which takes place every year. The competition – sponsored by Mr. Luo Hong, a Chinese businessman, environmentalist and photographer – aimed to raise awareness on climate change issues among China’s young people and the Chinese public in general.

The top three winners were announced on 5 June 2008 for World Environment Day alongside the winners of UNEP's International Children's Painting Competition. As a reward for their artistry, the talented trio participated in the UNEP Tunza International Children’s Conference in Stavanger, Norway from 17 to 21 June 2008.

The top 20 winners were awarded their prizes by UNEP's Executive Director, Mr. Achim Steiner, during their visit to Kenya.

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