Story of the Week: Girl from the Philippines Wins 2011-2012 Peace Poster Contest

Judges from the art, peace and youth education arenas selected Trisha Co Reyes as the winner of the 24th annual Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest. The 13-year-old girl from Manila, Philippines, took the top honor for her depiction of this year’s theme, “Children Know Peace.”

2011-2012 Peace Poster Contest Grand Prize Winner

“In my painting, the hidden child is me,” Trisha said. “Exhibited are children from all over the world who have love, freedom, unity and peace.”

Judges selected her poster from the 126 posters from 60 countries that made it to the international level of judging after being narrowed down at local levels. Trisha, who was sponsored by the Manila Centennial Lions Club, will receive US$5,000 and a trip to a special awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City.

This year’s 23 merit award winners hail from Brazil, China, Colombia, England, Guam, Iceland, India, Japan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States (Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Carolina). Merit award winners receive a certificate and US$500.

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  • lion Harish

    Who are the children selected from india in the list of merit award winner???????

    • lionsclubsorg

      When available, we will be adding a complete list of Merit Award winners on our Web site, Just search for “Peace Poster Contest.”

  • Lion Sarah short

    It is always amazing to view peace in the eyes of children so beautiful and inspiring. I am humbled by the talent of children being raised in other countries with different opportunities. I live this contest.

    • lionsclubsorg

      Thank you for supporting the contest, Lion Sarah!

  • Congrats to Trisha. She has depicted the theme Children Know Peace, very well in her paintings. Children definitely long for peace, only we adults thrust violence on them.

    • lionsclubsorg

      We’re happy to give kids around the world an opportunity to think of a more peaceful future.

  • Fantastic! How she has painted world and people…and monuments…And especially what she knows about PEACE. Only children can know this!

    • lionsclubsorg

      Lion Natalia, thank you for your thoughts on this contest.

  • Lion Prakash.D.Dharodia

    Yes, Dear all Lion Friends,
    Children know the peace, They are always innocent and cry against your odd behave. And reply to your love feelings …….

    • lionsclubsorg

      Lion Prakash,
      Thank you for your insightful comment. When we encourage young people to picture a more peaceful future, we are helping tomorrow’s leaders imagine a better world.