Passion for art shines at competition despite pandemic

Entries being evaluated during this year’s MT10 Awards judging process.

Although much of the 2020 school year has been spent learning at home, students still face the question of what comes next.

For many, their unwavering dream of pursuing an art education was evident by the turnout for this year’s Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards organised by The One Academy despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

On competition day, participants began queuing up early and the crowd did not stop as more and more hopefuls came forth to put their art skills to the test and walk away with a coveted scholarship.

The nationwide art competition for secondary school students was held from September to October.

The competition came to a close on Nov 28 with the announcement of winners and prize-giving ceremony held online.

There were more than 2,000 entries from over 300 schools nationwide.

The students were clearly undeterred by the Covid-19 situation and continued with their participation, a display of their passion for art.

Traditionally, the competition collaborates with Pixar Animation Studios as seen in all its previous editions.

This year was an exception as the launch of the partnering movie with Pixar was postponed.

The competition was aptly themed “A Rainbow After a Storm”, reflecting current hardships that would gradually pass.

Participants were asked to use their wildest imagination to portray the visual of a new world or life transformation after these tough times.

The coveted Gold Award trophy and The One Academy scholarship worth RM80,000 was won by Phoebe Su Yuin Zhen from Sarawak. She also received a RM2,000 cash prize.

Meanwhile, Silver Award winner Wong Shu Hou from Perak and Bronze Award winner Chee Ying Xuan from Sabah won scholarships worth RM60,000 and RM40,000 respectively, besides RM500 each.

Seven other winners each received a scholarship worth RM25,000, RM500 cash prize and certificates of excellence.

They are Tsai Xing En and Kiu Ngin Wen from Sarawak, Pang Emma Evelyn from Sabah, Low Chong Xian from Perak, Wong

Wei Jie from Penang, Marcus Tan Guang Zhi from Selangor and Lim Xiao Ying from Johor.

In an effort to recognise and appreciate the passion of art educators, the Distinguished Art Educator Award was presented to the art teachers who helped nurture the competition’s winners.

They are Lee Yen Yen, Ng Chew Hsia and Chung Yen Mee.

Five other teachers –- Wong Ing San, Ethan Lo, Mohamad Masebak Zaini, Lim Lee Ling and Ng Chee Ying -– received certificates as a token of appreciation for their dedication.

Additionally, the Outstanding Secondary School Art Club Award for the school with the highest number of winners went to Hin Hua High School Art Club.

To date, the competition has given out scholarships worth more than RM17.4mil to deserving individuals nationwide.

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