Lions Clubs International Peace Poster contest set for November 15

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By Elpidio R. Estioko

Milpitas, CA – Milpitas Executive Lions Club Immediate Past President (IPP) Benjie Fernandez announced that this year’s international peace poster contest for young artists ages 11, 12 and 13  with a theme: “Peace Through Service” is set for November 15, 2020.

Last year’s contest, whose winners were announced in March this year in the United Nations, according to Fernandez,  said their club-sponsored contestant Jessie J. Wang of William Hopkins Junior High School, was one of 23 merit awardees and the sole winner from California. The 23 merit award winners received US $500 each and certificates of achievement leading to the finals.

This is an international contest where all Lions clubs around the world will participate.

For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring Lions Clubs International Peace Poster, an incredibly special art contest in schools and youth groups. “Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity,” Fernandez said.

“Peace Through Service” is the theme of the 2020-21 LCI, the 33rd anniversary of the Peace Poster Contest. Through the contest, students are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest’s theme.

Fernandez said, “Artwork must be no smaller than 13 inches by 20 inches (33 centimeters by 50 centimeters) and no larger than 20 inches by 24 inches (50 centimeters by 60 centimeters). Do not mat or frame artwork. Only one entry per student and each entry must be the work of only one student.   All artwork must be the individual student’s original creation. Duplications are not accepted”

Contest rules: “All media are accepted: chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing, but three-dimensional entries are not. Nothing may be glued, stapled or attached to the artwork in any way. The use of lettering or numbering on the front of the poster, in any language, is not allowed. All artist signatures or initials should be written on the back of the poster.  Artwork should be done on a flexible material, so it can be rolled for shipping in a mailing tube. Do not fold poster, the contest rules explained.”

Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. One international grand prize winner will receive a trip to a special award ceremony where the winning artist will be presented with an engraved plaque and a cash prize of US $5,000.

For questions and other queries, contact Milpitas Executive Lions Club Peace Poster Contest Chairperson: PDG Thelma R Batilo at tbatilo@yahoo.com, Fernandez said.

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