Pohjola Pankki Oyj : OP-Pohjola Group: Almost 30,000 Entrants from 650 Schools in the Fine Arts Competition for Children PRESS RELEASE 30 May 2013 Almost 30,000 children from around 650 primary schools participated in the Fine Arts Competition with the following theme: "Discover biodiversity and create art out of wildlife". The Competition was organised jointly by OP-Pohjola Group, arts teachers and schools. This is part of an international fine arts competition arranged by cooperative banks, and the best works from Finland will be sent in, too. This was the 37th time the competition was organised in Finland. The Fine Arts Competition had three categories: the 6-8-year old, 9-10-year old and 10-13-year old categories. The five best works in each category were given a prize. In addition, one honourable mention was awarded in the 6-8-year old category. The award ceremony was held in the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki on Thursday 30 May 2013. The prize-winners received a gift cheque ranging from 50 to 500 euros and tickets for Norppaooppera in the Savonlinna Opera Festival. The winner in the youngest age category of 6-8-year old children was Helkky Kaunisto from Liesjärvi. The subject of her work was "A red squirrel in the woods". Jury members liked the realistically portrayed red squirrel in her work, sensitivity, composition and the use of colours. The winner in the category of 9-10-year old children was Adelia Lindholm-Ventola from Tarvasjoki. The jurors praised her work, "Timid animals", for an extraordinarily distinctive composition, harmonious ambiance and the stereoscopic effect that the work comes across. The winner in the category of 11-13-year old children was Eemil Korri from Nivala. The jury praised his work for its extraordinarily beautiful depiction of movement, rhythmic composition and controlled use of colours. World biggest fine arts competition for children - In their Fine Arts Competition entries, children interpreted the biological diversity of flora and fauna and how vital they are to all of us. Above all, the works reflected the children's momentous experiences, good knowledge and skills and insightful observation of their immediate surroundings. Their work depicted not only insects, mushrooms but also, for example, large wild animals in Finland and various biotopes, explains Mikko Hartikainen, Counsellor of Education, National Board of Education. The competition is the world's largest fine arts competition and its international final will be held in Italy in June, where our national winners will represent Finland. Competitors will come from Finland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Switzerland. For more information, please contact: OP-Pohjola Group, Anna-Susanna Lindström, tel. 010 252 3862, firstname.lastname@example.org OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group providing a unique range of banking, investment and insurance services.The Group's mission is to promote the sustainable prosperity, well-being and security of its owner-members, customers and operating regions through its local presence.Its objective is to offer the best and most versatile package of loyal customer benefits on the market.OP-Pohjola Group consists of some 200 member cooperative banks and the Group's central institution, OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative, with its subsidiaries and closely-related companies, the largest of which is the listed company Pohjola Bank plc.The Group has a staff of over 13,000.OP-Pohjola Group posted earnings before tax of EUR 601 million in 2012 and had total assets of EUR 99.8 billion on 31 December 2012. The Group has over four million customers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Pohjola Pankki Oyj via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1705802
Pohjola Pankki Oyj : OP-Pohjola Group: Almost 30,000 Entrants from 650 Schools in the Fine Arts Competition for Children
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