To commemorate World Water Day, the 2021 Water Love Painting and Photo Contest, co-hosted by Daejeon City and the Daejeon Environmental Movement Union, announced the award-winning work on the 17th amid enthusiastic participation of elementary school students and citizens.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and the Daejeon Metropolitan Office of Education, the Water Love Contest was divided into two categories of painting and photography from January 8 to March 12 this year to reflect on the importance of water and make water-saving practice a daily life.
A total of 630 pieces, including 280 paintings and 350 photographs, were submitted in the contest, which involved elementary school students and citizens nationwide, and 22 award-winning works that effectively expressed the purpose and theme of the event were selected through expert reviews.
The main awards are 22 awards from the Minister of Environment, the Mayor of Daejeon, the Superintendent of Education of Daejeon City, and the Chairman of the Daejeon Environmental Movement Association. 20 entries were also selected.
Among them, Kang Ye-jin's work 'Precious Water' expressed healthy water breathed by various ecosystems in the painting section for elementary school students in Daejeon, while Kim Kyu-bin's 'Observing tadpoles in a pond' expressed the water environment where people and nature live together in children's perspective. They were awarded the Minister of Environment Award.
In the photo category, Gong Jong-seok's 'Water-Made Cloud' was selected as the Daejeon Mayor's Award for capturing the dynamic water in the camera angle, and Lee Yoo-joon's 'Beauty of the Water-Giving Landscape' won the Daejeon Environmental Movement Union's award for expressing life-breathing river.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the award ceremony will not be held but will be delivered individually, and the exhibition will be held from 22nd to 26th at the "Online Exhibition" (http://daejeon.ekfem.or.kr, inquiry (042)331-3700, Daejeon City website).
Park Jung-kyu, head of the Daejeon City Clear Water Policy Division, said "Despite the Korona 19 situation, we are grateful to hold the Water Love Contest successfully with high interest and participation in the importance of the water environment. On the occasion of World Water Day on the 22nd, it became a very meaningful event to realize the need for water conservation and improvement of the urban water environment.“
Meanwhile, World Water Day, which is designated on March 22 every year, was designated and proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1992 to recognize and jointly respond to worsening water shortages and water pollution in the global community.