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Winners of "Denmark in Your Eyes" contest announced

Released at: 19:30, 07/12/2018

Winners of "Denmark in Your Eyes" contest announced

Photo: Le Diem

Painting contest on environmental protection receives entries from thousands of young participants impressing judges.

by Le Diem

The Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam announced the winners of its annual art contest for Vietnamese schoolchildren, “Denmark in Your Eyes”, on December 7.

The contest is part of celebrations of the 47th anniversary of relations between Denmark and Vietnam and co-hosted by the Danish Embassy and the Vietnam - Denmark Friendship Association (VIDAFA) with valuable support from Kim Dong Publishing House, Nhi Dong newspaper, and My Kingdom - Lego Vietnam.

This year’s contest served as a means of harnessing the young participants’ creativity and perception of the theme “Green Dreams”, through colorful, imaginative drawings, and to share their messages and visions regarding current environmental issues.

Launched in September, the contest received more than 4,100 entries from nearly 100 schools and children’s art clubs and art centers in 28 cities and provinces, revealing great interest from the largest number of entrants so far.

A number of acclaimed painters working with Kim Dong Publishing House and Nhi Dong newspaper as well as representatives from the Danish Embassy and VIDAFA were appointed as judges. The 64 prizewinners included winners of one special prize, two first prizes, three second prizes, six third prizes, 50 consolation prizes, and two group prizes. All winning entries were on display at the ceremony announcing the winners.

“Family Bike”, winner of the special prize, from Nguyen Ngoc Khue, a third-grader from the Primary School of Educational Technology Hanoi. (Photo: Le Diem)

“Shining the World”, the first-prize winner, from Dang Phuong Chi, a student at Hanoi’s Dream Club. (Photo: Le Diem)

“Protection of Water Resources” from Nguyen Thuy Tien, a student at the Cuong Son Primary School in Luc Nam, Bac Giang Province. (Photo: Le Diem)

Ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam H.E. Kim Højlund Christensen commented on the quality of the paintings. “I am very much impressed by the creativeness of the children participating in this year’s competition,” he said. “Their artworks radiate great imagination and inspiration, conveying strong messages of environmental conservation. Using vivid colors and different media, the children paint a beautiful world in which people, animals and nature live in harmony. Their dreams of our future are filled with green and smiles. I am very happy that the contest gave a platform for young children to express their own concerns and feelings towards global environmental issues. In addition, it brought our two countries much closer to each other in the fight to protect the environment.”

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of VIDAFA, Mr. Tran Hong Ha, said that through the use of various topics and materials in the paintings, the students expressed their beautiful dreams about a green and clean world and about a safe and sustainable environment. Their dreams are also the messages they want to share with all of us: Let’s take responsibility for protecting the environment, keeping peace in the world, and building friendships among different nations.

In 2016, during celebrations of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark, the first “Denmark in Your Eyes” contest was launched by the embassy and VIDAFA. The 2016 competition focused on English writing skills, and the winner (a ninth-grade student from Hanoi) received a two-week scholarship at Niels Brock Business School in Copenhagen. Since then, “Denmark in Your Eyes” has become an annual contest for children, with a different theme every year.

The promotion of cultural exchanges and people-to-people links between Denmark and Vietnam have been significant. There has been an increase in cultural cooperation between the two countries, with an emphasis on creativity, people’s access and participation in arts, and the promotion of cultural diversity.

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