Rs 2.4 Mn cash prizes at ComBank’s ‘Arunalu Siththam’ art contest for children
‘Arunalu Siththam’ – the island-wide children’s art competition conducted by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon, has been launched for the fourth year and the Bank has announced it is opening the competition to Sri Lankan children currently living overseas, a new category.
Exclusively for children between the ages of four and 16, the competition is hosted under the banner of the Bank’s popular children’s savings account ‘Arunalu’ and will be conducted online this year for the third time, the Bank said.
Arunalu Siththam will reward a total of 142 young artists with cash prizes with a cumulative value of Rs 2.4 million this year and present merit certificates to another 250 contestants. All entries should be submitted online.
Participants can submit their drawings under five categories: Pre-school (ages 4-5), Primary (ages 6-7), Post Primary (ages 8-10), Junior (ages 11-13), and Senior (ages 14-16). While the younger contestants will have complete freedom to draw on a topic of their choosing on A3 size paper, participants in the Junior and Senior Categories are requested to create art exploring the themes of“Our responsibility as children” and “A greener world” respectively, on 14×18 inch paper.
The Bank said contestants may choose a medium of their preference to colour their ideas on paper, avoiding sticky and non-drying types of paint.
Entries for Arunalu Siththam2023 close on September 15. Contestants can submit their drawings by simply visiting www.arunalusiththam.lk and uploading a scanned copy of their drawing along with the relevant details. The drawing should be in JPEG format and should not exceed 5MB in file size. Submissions are limited to one drawing per contestant and should be an original piece of work, not submitted to any other competition.
During submission, applicants should select the correct category (local/foreign) andcomplete details regarding their full name, date of birth, address, email address, telephone number, name of parent or guardian, name of school and address. When drawings from contestants in the ‘Local’category are selected for the final round, applicants will be required to send in the hard copies of the drawings to the Bank, certified by the contestants’ school principal, deputy principal, Grama Niladhari, or a lawyer. Drawings from contestants in the ‘Foreign’ category selected for the final round will have to be certified by a school principal o deputy principal.
The Bank said 25 of the youngest contestants who submit the most creative drawings in the Local Pre-School category will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each with certificates. Another 50 participants in this category will also receive Merit Certificates.
In the new category created for Sri Lankan children who are resident outside Sri Lanka, the best drawings in each of the five age groups will receive cash prizes.
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