Drawing competition 2011

London, Montreal, Rome, 23 January 2012 - How do young people see the importance of forests, the issues concerning forests; and why are forests so important to our planet?

Over 2800 children and youth aged 6 to 20 years of age from over 60 countries submitted artwork to a forestry art contest launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The contest was developed as part of a global youth education initiative on forestry in support of the International Year of Forest.

The judges were impressed by the striking images from artists as young as six, and their depictions of the connection between people and forests, the use of forest products and the risks that exist towards forests. The pictures express young people's awareness of the planet's forests and their concern for its future. The team of judges was formed of forest experts, graphic designers and other staff from FAO, CBD and WAGGGS. The process took a long time due the large number of wonderful drawings that were submitted. The pictures will be used to illustrate upcoming educational and outreach publications.

The talented winners of the “Our Hands Together for Our Nature” International Art Competition of the International Year of Forests are:

Overall winner

1st Naylee Nagda Aged 15 Kenya

5-10 years old

1st Wigave Rattamanee aged 10 Thailand

2nd Maria Jimenez Albarran aged 8 Mexico

3rd Siddhi Prasad aged 7 Qatar

4th Andi Tenribalo Hikmah Papacce Tenri aged 6 Indonesia

11-15 years old

1st Naylee Nagda Aged 15 Kenya

2nd Lea Anne R. Rulloda aged 13 Philippines

3rd Giovanna Lucarini aged 11 Italy

4th Aby Abraham aged 13 Qatar

16-20 years old

1st Louisa Luk aged 17 China

2nd Daniela Karaivanova aged 17 Bulgaria

3rd Hoi Kei Leung aged 18 China

4th Vincente Tiu Tangcuro III aged 17 Singapore

last updated:  Friday, January 27, 2012