Global Art Contest Launched by Kerala Tourism

Kerala Tourism will be conducting an online painting competition for children worldwide in memory of Edmund Thomas Clint. Edmund Thomas Clint was a prodigy who created more than 25,000 works of art before his death and his art works consisted of paintings and drawings which was created mostly on used paper with charcoal, pencil, ball-point crayons, pens, and water colours. Edmund Thomas Clint’s art work clearly depicted Kerala’s rich cultural heritage, especially its varied and unique religious festivals and temple art forms. Clint’s masterful art works continue to astonish art lovers and critics for their vibrancy, depth and maturity.

The Clint Memorial International Children’s Painting Competition was officially launched by Kerala’s Minister for Tourism Mr A P Anil Kumar at Thiruvananthapuram  at a function which was attended by Clint’s parents and Tourism Secretary Mr Suman Billa.

The art competition is, coordinated by Kerala Tourism’s IT solutions provider Invis Multimedia, and the contest is open to all children between the ages of 4-15 years.

The paintings can be on any theme that is related to Kerala and the each participant can submit up to five entries online through a dedicated page on Kerala Tourism website at  http://www.keralatourism.org/clint . There is  no particular fee and the competition will be open from January 15 to May 31, 2014. As per the Tourism Secretary Mr Suman Billa,  the idea of the competition is to let the world see ‘God’s Own Country’ through the eyes of a child. Clint had rendered Kerala more beautifully on canvas which helps to showcase Kerala as one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Children from any corner of the world can register online for the painting competition and once they get registered, they will be sent two e-books – one containing a portfolio of 30 works by Clint and the other e-book with 100 photographs on Kerala to help them learn more about the beautiful travel destination in India and its culture. There will also be more than 3000 video clips on the award-winning Kerala Tourism website for the children to browse through.

The painting should be made on paper manually and the participants can scan their respective painting and submit the image to Kerala Tourism website using the log in id they receive at registration. There are 125 prizes on offer and the top 5 winners  along with their parent/guardian will get a tour package to explore Kerala along with an economy class ticket.

Kerala Tourism can also boast of being only the second organisation after the United Nations Environment Program to conduct a global painting competition on this scale.

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