In the event participated a great number of leaders and representatives of local agencies and organizations that supported the contest and hundreds of contestants, their parents and teachers. The theme of the contest this year was ‘Waste Management’.

Photo: baotainguyenmoitruong.vn

The contest received huge support from elementary and lower secondary school students nation-wide in Vietnam with more than 15,000 paintings from 29 provinces and cities submitted within a short period of six weeks. The high artistic quality of the submissions as well as the creative ideas behind them made it very difficult for the judges to select the best paintings to be awarded. The panel of judges was comprised by acclaimed painters from Kim Dong Publishing House and Nhi Dong Newspaper.

The grand prize went to Nguyen Khanh Linh, a six-year old student from ArtHome Mulberry Lane with the painting ‘Don't let waste become food of the sea’. Other individual awards were given to students of elementary and lower secondary schools from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre and Bac Giang. In addition, there were 100 individual encouragement prizes and 02 prizes for groups.

"The Vietnamese children have never ceased to surprise me with their serious interest in the environmental agenda and their artistic talents. Their paintings have shown that the love and concern for our planet is universal despite differences in age or citizenship. The Danish government has decided to appoint 15 Danish embassies worldwide to be green frontline missions. I am very proud to announce that that the Danish Embassy here in Vietnam has been selected and is among the 15. This gives us more great opportunities for continuing our cooperation with Vietnam to further promote the green and sustainability agenda in this country." said Ambassador of Denmark Mr. Kim Højlund Christensen at the award event.

 Ambassador of Denmark Mr. Kim Højlund Christensen (Photo: baotainguyenmoitruong.vn)

On the day of the event, the Danish Ambassador’s residence was transformed into an exhibition, which offered participants the opportunity to enjoy all the winning paintings and at the same time to exchange ideas and thoughts.

One of the highlights of the event was the hand-over of more than 400 paintings of the contest to the National Children’s Hospital where they will decorate the patients’ rooms. This is the second time VIDAFA and the Embassy of Denmark donate the paintings of the contest to the local children’s hospitals. So in addition to their prime purposes of promoting awareness and sharing ideas and visions about waste management, the paintings also serve a good cause as they hopefully can provide much needed distractions to young patients during their battles against sickness.

The Denmark In Your Eyes 2019 painting contest is co-hosted by the Embassy of Denmark and the Vietnam – Denmark Friendship Association (VIDAFA) with valuable support from the Ministry of Education and Training, Kim Dong Publishing House, Nhi Dong Newspapers and My Kingdom – Lego Vietnam. JYSK, a Danish Furniture Retail Chain, is the main sponsor of the competition./.

Khac Kien