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WWF announced the winners of the International Contest of Children Paintings “Wetlands for Life”

10 june 2021
Almost 4,500 art works were submitted to the International Contest of Children Paintings “Wetlands for Life” organized by WWF Russia in cooperation with WWF China and WWF Mongolia as part of the Year for Wetlands - 2021. 37 children became the winners in 4 nominations of the Contest. Congratulations to the winners!

The Contest was launched in the countries of the Amur ecoregion - Russia, China, Mongolia, and became one of the events of the Year for Wetlands - 2021 in the Amur River basin, which was announced by WWF to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on wetlands of international importance. For three months children from 5 to 18 years old were sharing their drawings online on the Amurinfocenter portal https://amurinfocenter.org/en/konkurs-bolota-dla-jizni/

Elizaveta Voronovitskaya, 16 y.o, "For spawning"
Mandakhbayar Lkhagvasuren, 16 y.o., «We all love wetlands»
Chai Yiman, 10 y.o., «Protect the Wetlands, Reserve the Resources»
Arina Kultasheva, 14 y.o., "Twilight in the swamp"
Munkh-Erdene Tserennyam, 16 y.o., «Mother Earth»
Erdenebat Ulziitsetseg,17 y.o., «us namgarhag gazriin amidral»
LI Chenfei, 8 y.o., «Home of Red-crowned Crane»
Yaroslava Maidanik, 5 y.o., "Storks"
Anastasia Scheglova, 14 y.o., "Fire is a disaster for nature"
FAN Yinuo, 8 y.o., «Homeland of Crane»
The winners of the International Contest of Children Paintings “Wetlands for Life”
Comments Olga Cheblukova, jury member, project coordinator on protected areas of WWF-Russia Amur branch: “Wetlands of the Amur River floodplain are unique by the highest level of biodiversity. Therefore, children had a huge choice of “heroes” for their drawings. We received several hundred "portraits" of Oriental storks, cranes, soft-shelled turtle, raccoon dogs, salmon, sturgeons, bears, ungulates and other animals and plants of the Amur River basin, as well as an endless number of mesmerizing landscapes each speaking of the importance of these ecosystems for life of our planet. Kids, each in their own way, discovered a whole world of wetlands for themselves and for the visitors of the portal”.

The contest united kids from China, Mongolia and 77 constituent entities of Russia. The winners were selected by the jury represented by the national organizations of WWF Russia, WWF Mongolia and WWF China and invited experts in the field of fine arts.

Comments Battsetseg Batmunkh, jury member, marketing officer at WWF-Mongolia: “There is no better way to encourage a child’s self-expression than art. Through the event, we celebrated wetland, species, and the Earth. It was hard to even grade these amazing paintings since each and every one of these children put a piece of themselves into their work, in its way every painting is unique, beautiful and sends an important message. Congrats to all the amazing children who were part of this contest.”

Despite the fact that the competition was announced in the countries of the Amur Basin - Russia, China, Mongolia - the interest in the topic “Wetlands for Life” turned out to be huge, including outside the ecoregion. Children from Belarus, Greece, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia expressed a desire to draw the inhabitants of rivers, lakes and swamps of the Amur basin. 

Comments He Jiale, Wildlife Programme officer of WWF China North-East Office: “We are impressed by the passion and energy that children have: thousands of works received mainly from Russia. Their paintings are awesome, as a jury, it is so difficult to make a decision. Children are our future protectors; through this event, people are inspired by the future conservationists, by the love of nature.”
“The guys did their best: it turned out to be a difficult task to select three winners in three age categories out of 4,500 works submitted for the competition. The jury had to work, taking into account all the nuances. The main assessment criteria were compliance with the topic, expressiveness, originality, the absence of biological errors, the artistic level of the work and the independence of their implementation. The most difficult thing for the jury was to evaluate the work in the younger age category, since caring parents and teachers are always ready to help their children. The most important condition here was the independence of the work," says jury member Gorazda Lunekova, chairman of Primorsky branch of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia, a member of the All-Russian Association of Art Experts.

According to the results of the jury work, 14 children were recognized as winners in different age categories:

5-8 years old:

1st prize - LI Chenfei, Heishan city, Heilongjiang province

2nd prize - Fan Yinuo, Heishan city, Heilongjiang province

3rd prize - Andrey Zolotov, Roshchino town, Leninngradsky region

3rd prize - Alina Boriskina, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsky region


9-13 years old:

1st prize - Elizaveta Putilina, Trudovik village, Saratov region

2nd prize - Veronika Solovyova, Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan

2nd prize - Irina Gabdrakipova, Dyurtyuli, Republic of Bashkortostan

3rd prize - Anastasia Tarasova, Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Territory

3rd prize - Chai Yiman, Heishan city, Heilongjiang province


14-18 years old:

1st prize - Arina Kultasheva, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan

1st prize - Munkh-Erdene Tserennyam, Khentii province, Mongolia

2nd prize - Severyan Kochetkov, Arkhara village, Amurskaya province

2nd prize - Mandakhbayar Lkhagvasuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

3rd prize - Anna Kurdyukova, Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic

“Popular vote” nomination determined 9 more winners (three works in each age category).

The whole list of the winners is published on WWF web portal Amurinfocenter.

Congratulations to the winners!


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Project coordinator of Protected Areas Unit