Organised by Malaysia Hindu Sangam Bukit Bendera Council’s education bureau, the competition was held online in compliance with the necessary standard operating procedures.
Its chairman A. Tharman said it was difficult to hold a contest for large groups of schoolchildren to take part during the recovery movement control order (MCO) period.
“This is a way for us to instil a sense of patriotism among the children and for them to be part of the National Day celebrations,” he said.
There were two categories in the competition open to children aged between nine and 17.
Category A (nine to 12 years old) had 145 participants, while Category B (13 to 17 years old) had 29 participants.
Tharman said they were happy to receive contestants from all over the country, including Sabah and Sarawak.
He said each contestant had to submit a drawing online first, followed by another picture of them with the final artwork using any medium.
“They sent their artwork to the Google link that we had earlier given to them,” he said.
Tharman said the judges — artist Azmi Hussin, former headmistress M .Ambigaphaty and art teacher Tan Tee Hean — chose the winners after printing out and comparing the pieces.
The top three winners in each category won RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively. There were also two consolation prizes of RM50 each in both category.
In category A, Ong Li Wen, 11, from SJK (C) Shan Tao, Sabah, came out tops in the competition. Coming in second and third were Tan Xuan Wei, 12, of SJK (C) Shang Wu, Penang, and Rainie Chang Siew Wen, 10, of SJK (C) Hua Lian II, Perak.
The consolation prize winners were Lim Hui Mei, 11, of SJK (C) Sin Hua, Perak, and Azwa Safrina Izwan, 12, of SK Tanjong Rambutan, Perak.
In Category B, the top three winners were Gracelyn Loh Yee Thing, 14, of Penang Chinese Girls High School, Penang, Chew Ge Yin, 15, of SMJK Heng Ee, Penang, and Yong Kai Soon, 16, of SMJK Chan Wa II, Negri Sembilan.
The two consolation prizes went to Kuhan Tharman, 13, of SMJK Chung Ling, Penang, and Kirtinyaa Mahendran, 15, of SMK Convent Green Lane, Penang.
The participants received e-certificates of participation, while the winners also received e-certificates of achievement.
Tharman said the cash prizes would be deposited into the winners’ bank accounts.