Eight Vietnamese children, who excelled in the national round of the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa painting contest, will have their paintings sent to the final round of the competition in Japan.

The eight children, together with 14 B prize winners and five groups of children that won the national round, were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on March 9 organised by the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibitions.

The competition received 892 entries, each comprising a set of five paintings, from across the country, said painter Vi Kien Thanh, the department’s head, who is also head of the contest’s organisation board.

The contest is co-organised by the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee, the Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.

Designed for Asian children only, the contest aims to provide an opportunity for the children to depict their daily life and local culture in their paintings, hence the name ‘Enikki’ in Japanese, which means picture diary.

Participants in the contest are primary school children aged 6-12.-VNA