In an effort to engage the region’s youth in the Court’s public awareness campaign, the CCJ hosted a Children’s Calendar Art Competition under the theme Many Nations…One Caribbean. The competition invited submissions from children between the ages of 8-14 years from 11 Caribbean states.
The competition encouraged the region’s children to interpret the theme through art. This required an understanding of the Caribbean community in which we live; the history, cultures and peoples. The children also sought to incorporate the CCJ in their illustrations, showing its relativity to the theme
The competition ran from 26 September to 25 October 2010. Three renowned Caribbean-born artists, Mr. Winston “Sundiata” Stewart, Mr. Donald “Jackie” Hinkson and Mr. Keith Ward, judged the 146 competition submissions based on the following categories:
- Clarity and representation of the theme
- Creativity and originality
- Overall presentation
Out of the twelve finalists, the first place position was awarded to Khadine Sumesar-Rai, age 12, of Trinidad and Tobago. The competition’s second and third place winners, Luc Drepaul (11 years) and Jessica Blatter (10 years), are both from Antigua and Barbuda. Among the other finalists were children from Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tobago.
The competition, its submissions and winners were highlighted at a prize-giving ceremony, which was attended by all competition finalists and their parents, CCJ Judges, EU representatives and members of the local media.
The 12 successful submissions of this competition are featured in the Caribbean Court of Justice 2011 Calendar. Alongside each drawing is a description of the artwork composed by the entrants themselves.