Littleport student has her art work chosen for an international peace poster competition

Peace poster competition. Michael Stares Littleport Lions Club President, Alice Gardiner, Clare Way

Peace poster competition. Michael Stares Littleport Lions Club President, Alice Gardiner, Clare Way head of art Littleport Academy, Mike Rouse Mayor of Ely, Scott Gaskins head of Littleport & East Cambridgeshire Academy. - Credit: Archant

A Littleport student has taken the first step to becoming an international recognised artist by winning a local competition sponsored by The Lions Club of Littleport.

Alice Gardiner, a student at Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy, designed a poster that was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 31st annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasise the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Alice, 12, said: “The holding of hands on my poster symbolises peace.”

Her poster was selected by Scott Gaskins, head of Littleport Academy, The Mayor of Ely Councillor Mike Rouse and the president of Littleport Lions Club Michael Stares for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme of kindness matters.

Mr Stares said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Littleport Academy

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.

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“Alice’s poster will advance to face stiff competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner.

“Our club is cheering for Alice as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world.” Michael.

“Thanks must also go to the head of the art department, Clare Way and her team at the Academy”.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.

The grand prize includes $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony.

The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service club organisation with 1.4 members in more than 47,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organisation has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.