MORE than 400 children aged between four and 15 years participated in the 16th Kanagawa Biennial World Children’s Art Competition at the Sacred Heart Centenary Hall in Sibu yesterday.
The competition, which has been held since 1980, is aimed at creating a better understanding among children from around the world through art.
Sibu councillor Robert Lau, who launched the event, said it was important to prepare the younger generation – the nation’s future leaders – at an early age.
He said the country needed the contributions of the young and talented to achieve greater development and prosperity.
Organising chairman Jason Tay said that all the entries would be sent to Japan for judging and selected winning entries would be exhibited at different venues in Japan.
The competition is divided into four categories and the winners will be given cash prizes.
The champion will get RM300 while the second and third place winners will get RM200 and RM100 respectively.
There will also be five consolation prizes of RM50 each.
Lau sponsored all the cash prizes.
Sibu Foochow Association, Sibu Teochew Association, Sibu Art Association, Lanang Neighbourhood Committee, JC Seduan and Root Education Sdn Bhd jointly organised the competition.