PEACEFUL DISPLAY: Airlie Beach Lions Club members Coral Salmon, Sandra Hardy, Alan Browning and Robina Mealey presented prizes to Whitsunday Christian College peace poster entrants Karita Supramanim, Andrew Bickhoff and Caitlin Hutchinson on Monday. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
PEACEFUL DISPLAY: Airlie Beach Lions Club members Coral Salmon, Sandra Hardy, Alan Browning and Robina Mealey presented prizes to Whitsunday Christian College peace poster entrants Karita Supramanim, Andrew Bickhoff and Caitlin Hutchinson on Monday. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Karita's vision wins peace comp

WHITSUNDAY Christian College student Karita Supramanim was awarded first place in the Airlie Beach Lions Peace Poster Contest.

The poster took Karita a week and a half to paint. She hoped it was something which symbolised the creation of a more peaceful world.

Fellow students Andrew Bickhoff won second place and Caitlin Hutchinson was awarded third.

This year was the first year the Lions Club has hosted the international poster competition in the Whitsundays with the theme being "Children know peace".

Since 1988 Lions Clubs around the world have been encouraging young people to artistically express their vision of peace in the competition.

Competition judges and artists Sandra Hardy and Robina Mealey said it was hard to choose a winner from the entries but as soon as they saw Karita's piece of art they knew she was the winner.

"It was a very good piece of work, we knew immediately," Ms Hardy said.

Ms Mealey said the competition not only promoted creativity and the growth of children's imaginations but also got them thinking about quality of life.

"We judged the art works on their content and layout. They were not just pretty pictures," Ms Mealey said.

Karita's winning poster has been sent off to Townsville where it will be judged with other winners across North Queensland.

If it is chosen as the state winner it will be judged in the national and possibly international competition, where 24 international finalists will be selected from around 75 countries.

Ms Hardy said Lions were looking forward to hosting the competition next year and welcomed more entrants.

Andrew and Caitlin's posters are now on display at the Art Whitsunday Art Gallery in Airlie Beach.


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