On May 13, 2017, Korean children – winners of the art contest devoted to the Amur tiger and leopard – were recognized at an award ceremony in Seoul, South Korea. It was the first stage of the international art contest that has been organized by two partner organizations – the Phoenix Fund and Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea (Republic of Korea).
Over 700 Korean children have taken part in the contest this year. Prior to the award ceremony the audience listened to summary reports on current state of Amur tiger and Amur leopard populations. Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea was pleased to host the event with special guest speaker Jo Cook, Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance Coordinator, Amur leopard EEP & GSMP Coordinator.
Young artists-winners were awarded with certificates and sweet gifts. Their paintings were sent to Russia for participation in the second stage of the contest and selection for a wall calendar for 2018.
The jury consisted of representatives of protected areas and educators was faced with the difficult task – to select no more than 30 best drawings from 3,273 entries submitted by Russian and Korean children. This year, the entries arrived from Primorsky and Khabarovsky krais, Moskovskaya, Chelyabinskaya, Amurskaya and Jewish autonomous provinces, Republic of Crimea and Republic of Korea. Lists of the winners’ names can be found below (winners’ names are highlighted red).
Besides the wall calendars, the Phoenix Fund has also designed a series of pocket calendars with the children’s paintings.
We would like to thank the International Fund for Animal Welfare, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, and Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea for financial support of this project.