Story of the Week: Judges Select 2011 Peace Poster Contest Winners
Note: Post updated on February 7, 2011, to include a link to a list of Merit Award Winners.
About 350,000 11-, 12- and 13-year-old students take time each year to imagine a peaceful world through our annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest, now in its 23rd year. Their posters are narrowed down at the club, district and multiple district levels before the final posters are judged at the international level. This year’s grand prize-winning poster was created by Raj Phairembam, an 11-year-old boy from Moirang, Manipur, India.
As the grand prize winner, Raj will receive US$5,000 and a trip with two guests to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City. The sponsoring Lions club president will also receive a trip to the award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners are from Argentina, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, New Zealand, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the United States (California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Virginia) and Uruguay.
At this year’s international level of judging, 35 members of the art, education, media, peace and youth communities gathered at the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago, Illinois, where they used the contest criteria to narrow down 120 posters to 23 merit winners and one grand prize winner. Many judges expressed how honored they were to take on this task and how difficult it was to narrow down the posters from a collection of so many wonderful images.
In this video, you’ll take an exclusive look at the judging.