WITH Covid-19 affecting the lives of so many, the Ipoh Fine Arts Society organised an art competition to give people an avenue to express themselves.
Its president Shanti Lingam said the past year had been a tumultuous one with the movement control order and social isolation caused by the pandemic.
“People had a lot of time to think about Covid-19, seeing how it affected everyone’s livelihood.
“Since everyone has their own personal story and view to offer, what better way to show it than through an art competition, ” she said, adding that they received 150 entries.
Themed “Covid Through My Eyes”, the competition had three age categories — Under-10,11 to 16, and 17.
“The artists’ had different experiences and emotions of the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in wonderful paintings, ” said Shanti.
There were 39 winners including 10 consolation prizes in each category.
A prize-giving ceremony was held with Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran handing out the prizes and certificates with standard operating procedure in place.
Those who came in first, second and third received RM1,000, RM750 and RM500 respectively, while consolation prize winners received RM100 each.
Shanti said all the winning paintings could be viewed on the society’s social media page. — By MANJIT KAUR