FAO-UN and MCS hosts an International Drawing Competition: Protecting our fisheries - inheriting a healthier world

Submitted by admin on 28 July 2012 - 1:12pm

FAO-UN and MCS hosts an International Drawing Competition:
Protecting our fisheries - inheriting a healthier world

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network (MCS) are hosting an international drawing competition for young people.

The International Drawing Competition: Protecting our fisheries - inheriting a healthier world is held as a part of a children and youth education initiative intended to enhance awareness of the importance of responsible fisheries among children and young people and to provide them with the knowledge that can help them to become responsible adults and active agents of change in our society.

Relevant information about the challenges that our environment is facing today is an essential tool for enabling children and young people to take responsible action in their communities and, therefore, strengthen their participation in the protection, preservation and improvement of our natural resources.

The International Drawing Competition, allows children and youth to express, through their artwork and drawings, why protecting our fisheries is important to inheriting a healthier world. The winning artworks will be used in logos, posters, publications, T shirts and activity badges.


The international drawing competition is open to all young people between the ages of 6 - 20 years of age.


The drawing should reflect issues concerning the importance of fishing responsibly. Learn more about some ideas to get started by reading the “Time to think and act” section (pages 5-7). You can plan and develop some cool activities to raise your group’s awareness about fisheries before they start drawing.

Drawings should be on white A4-size or letter-size paper in the round or square frames provided in the annexed templates. The diameter of the round frame and length of the square should be 18 cm.

Remind your group that the drawing could be used for making small badges and large posters! Encourage them to use bright, bold colours. Participants may use drawing materials of any type: pens, pencils, paints, with the exception of crayons as they do not reproduce well. They are also allowed to use computer graphic programmes.

The drawings must be the child’s or youth’s original creation. Most importantly they should use their imagination and have lots of fun!


The deadline for submitting your drawings is 30 November 2012. The postmark date will be regarded as the date of delivery.

Send your drawing by e-mail to: children-youth@fao.org or by post it (preferably in a water-proof envelope) to:
Reuben Sessa
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy

Please note that if your submission is sent electronically you should keep the original drawing in a safe place as we may require the original in case your drawing is selected.


Adjudication will be conducted by a Panel formed from FAO staff and The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network (MCS) representatives and graphic designers.

Prizes of US$250 will be awarded to the winner of each age group (6-10, 11-15 and 16-20 years old), US$150 will be awarded to the runner up of each age group and US$100 will be awarded to the third best drawing of each age group.


All entries will be handled by the organizers and will not be returned. The intellectual property of the entries is owned by the participants. The organizers, however, have the right to publish, exhibit, print or distribute the entries through any media.

Nothing contained in or related to this contest shall be deemed a waiver, express or implied, of the privileges and immunities of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Electronic blank certificates can be send for completion. These can be requested on submission of the drawings.

Download the drawing competition form:


For further information and enquiries, please email: children-youth@fao.org

This information was taken from the FAO website

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