The local winners of this year's Peace Poster contest at the Cannon School were recently recognized and presented awards by the Concord Lions Club.
Each year, Lions Clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. The contest encourages young people, ages 11-13, to artistically express their views of peace.
The goal is to have students across the world give serious thought to the meaning of world peace. Since there are Lions Clubs in over 200 countries, the contest is truly international in scope.
Participants use a variety of mediums - charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint - to express a new theme developed each year to spark their imagination. The works are unique and express the young artists' life experiences and culture. This year's theme is "The Power of Peace" and the students who participated in the contest were asked to create a poster interpreting that theme.
Posters are evaluated on artistic merit, portrayal of theme and originality. More than 325,000 students participate worldwide. Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, state and international. At the international level, judges select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to a special award ceremony at Lions the United Nations will be presented an engraved plaque and a $2,500 cash prize.