Well, I did it! I managed to judge 600 pieces of art work by young people from all over the world and I did it in two days, successfully meeting the deadline of Monday. This was effectively a preliminary round of judging intended to exclude a large majority of pieces that did not properly address the theme: Imagine a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. One piece particularly stuck in my mind. I will be watching to see how far forward it goes!
This is a challenging theme. Many of the young people illustrated a peaceful world, mistakenly thinking that having no nuclear weapons would mean the end of war. Oh, that it would! It will take more than the destruction of existing nuclear weapons and the prevention of their manufacture in future to give us a peaceful world.
The idea of peace seems so simple, doesn’t it? So attainable? What would it take, do you suppose, to get everyone to lay down arms, sit down together and amicably resolve their differences of opinion, rather than taking up arms against one another and hurting so many others as they do so?
Anyway, the second round of judging will be coming up in a few days. Awards and prizes are to be announced by the end of the month. We have a long way to go yet and not much time left to do it, but I’m confident we will meet the deadlines given by the organizers, Harmony for Peace and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
Visit the Gallery Entries page and click on any country to see the works submitted from that country. Kenya has a couple of entries!!