At the awarding ceremony of the “Denmark in Your Eyes” painting contest (Source: baotainguyenmoitruong.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam and the Vietnam - Denmark Friendship Association (VIDAFA) have announced the winners of the annual painting contest for Vietnamese schoolchildren, “Denmark in Your Eyes”.

The contest’s jury selected 64 most outstanding works for the prizes, including one special prize, two first prizes, three second prizes, six third prizes, 50 consolation prizes, and two group prizes.

Nguyen Ngoc Khue, a third-grader from the Hanoi Primary School of Educational Technology, bagged the special prize for her painting called “Family Bike”, while Dang Phuong Chi, a student at Hanoi’s Dream Club and Pham Khanh Linh, a fifth-grader of Binh Da Primary School in Bien Hoa city, southern Dong Nai province, received the first prizes.

Addressing the awarding ceremony on December 7, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Højlund Christensen said that he is impressed by the creativeness of the children participating in this year’s competition.

The artworks radiate great imagination and inspiration, conveying strong messages of environmental conservation. Using vivid colors and different materials, the children paint a beautiful world in which people, animals and nature live in harmony.

Their dreams of the future are filled with green and smiles, he said, showing his delight that the contest gave a platform for young children to express their own concerns and feelings towards global environmental issues.

In addition, it brought the two countries much closer to each other in the fight to protect the environment, he added.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of the VIDAFA Tran Hong Ha said that through the use of various topics and materials in the paintings, the children expressed their beautiful dreams about a green and clean world and about a safe and sustainable environment.

Their dreams are also the messages of responsibility for protecting the environment, keeping peace in the world, and building friendship among different nations.

Launched in September, the contest, themed “Green Dreams,” received more than 4,100 entries from nearly 100 schools and children’s art clubs and art centers in 28 cities and provinces, revealing great interest from the largest number of entrants so far.-VNA