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The 18th Award Winning Works
Jou Davina Taiwan, Age 10
Gabriela Nicolle Sánchez Rodriguez El Salvador, Age 7
Agatha Amelia Indonesia, Age 12
David Danielian Ukraine, Age 10
Savić Irina Ivan Montenegro, Age 11
Afnan Khan Jawata Brunei, Age 11
Lutfullayeva Margiyona Aliddin qizi Uzbekistan, Age 13
Ciorcilă Alexandră Romania, Age 14
|Doshi Heer Kalpakbhai||India||11||Work|
|Durwanka Manish Surti||India||13||Work|
|Low Chin Chen||Malaysia||13||Work|
|Sar Saung See||Myanmar||14||Work|
|Bandaranayake Dilupa Ravihara||Sri Lanka||8||Work|
|Perera Balasuriyage Dilshan Tharusha||Sri Lanka||13||Work|
|Chau Ta Minh||Viet Nam||7||Work|
|Oliver Danny||Solomon Islands||14||Work|
|Ngobey Hagai Harold||Tanzania||14||Work|
|Panahova Guldana Ali||Azerbaijan||8||Work|
|Ağakişiyev Tural Rasim||Azerbaijan||13||Work|
|Kisseah Kesandra A. Rosal||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Work|
|Inês Tomé Miquelino||Portugal||13||Work|
|Carlos Junior Gonçalves Pereira||Portugal||14||Work|
|George Puican V.||Romania||12||Work|
|Chacón Méndez Elisa||Guatemala||11||Work|
|Eguchi Tomas Tetsuo||Brazil||14||Work|
|Gooswit Camryn F.S.||Suriname||14||Work|
Ueno Nagomi Kanagawa, Age 13
Matsuo Midori Fukuoka, Age 13
Matsumoto Mizuki Tokushima, Age 13
Tanahashi Shiho Tokyo, Age 11
Ito Reo Osaka, Age 11
Compared to previous times, the works from African nations seemed to have become more colorful this year. There were works also drawn with colored pencils, crayons, and paint.
What is wonderful about children is that they seem to physically or intuitively understand the philosophy that people and nature are one. When an adult draws a landscape or portrait, each are drawn separately, but within this year's theme "We are sharing our beautiful Earth", many of the pieces asserted that people and nature are inseparable and nature will eventually be reflected back into the human body.
Take Mt. Fuji, a recurring motif for me, as an example. A river flowing from Mt. Fuji containing iron sand eventually flows into the sea. The iron sand is eaten by plankton, the plankton is eaten by shrimps and small fish, which are then eaten by big fish. The big fish are finally eaten by us, bringing in the iron sand into our bodies.
In order for either people or animals to be beautiful, nature must be beautiful. I learned that children intuitively capture this resonance of the two in their drawings.
There is water and there is the ocean. There are various animals and there is I. The children physically and intuitively know that reciprocal concepts including ourselves are not separate things, but they are all parts of one entity, and that nature is a treasure, but we people are also treasures.
When we become adults, we come to think of things separately. People are people, animals, nature, men and women, etc. They are all part of one, but by thinking of them separately, perhaps layers are gradually created.
Today, the day of the screening board, was a very hot day, but there were many passionate works that overcame the hot temperature. I hope to continue painting, so as not to be left behind by the children.
Chairman of the Judging Committee,
Painter / Emeritus Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts
June 22nd 2017, the final judge of the 18th International Environment Children's Drawing Contest at JQA.
The entry of 17,763 gathered from 96 countries and regions is full of all masterpieces. After the discussion of judges, prize winners were selected.