Winners of the 2011 Lions International Peace Poster contest are (from left), Brody Roberson, 12, of Bexhill, Sarah Parrish, 12, of Lismore Heights, Emily Yee, 12, of Wyrallah Road.
Winners of the 2011 Lions International Peace Poster contest are (from left), Brody Roberson, 12, of Bexhill, Sarah Parrish, 12, of Lismore Heights, Emily Yee, 12, of Wyrallah Road. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Finding peace for posters

THREE outstanding young poster artists from the Lismore area received achievement awards at a ceremony held yesterday for the 2011 Lions International Peace Poster contest.

The local winners - primary school students Sarah Parrish from Lismore Heights, Brody Roberson from Bexhill and Emily Yee from Wyrallah Road - will go to the district level competition with the potential to represent Australia in one of the world's largest annual art competitions.

Organiser Keith Hamilton of the Lismore Lions Club said: "We've only been in the competition for three years now and so far we haven't got past the district level.

"From the posters we've had this year, there are some very good entries and we're hopeful they will get through the district and on to the national level.

"I think we will be very lucky to get past the national level.

"But we do have some very talented young people round here so we'll keep our fingers crossed."

During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated.

The art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace, Mr Hamilton says.

Emily Yee said she was "pretty surprised and delighted that I won for my school".

"World peace to me means uniting all the nations together so that they will be no war," she said.

"All the children around the world don't like war, and we just have to unite them all together and the world will be peaceful.

"That's what I wanted my poster to show."

When asked how she feels about going to the district level, Emily could only say happily: "I'm cool with it."

Centro shopping centre has been dubbed the temporary art space for the 2011-2012 theme Children Know Peace and will exhibit contest entries and the three winning posters until Monday.



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