Canada Day Challenge Art Contest National Winner

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The top winners of the 2016 Canada Day Challenge proud to be Canadian through art, photography and creative writing, were revealed in an announcement ceremony held in Markham region, Ontario by the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

One National Grand Winner and two Finalists were selected from each of the three categories. In the announcement event on June 10th, Rachel Shen, 14 from Markham, Ontario, was there with families, teachers and classmates to hear the result of herself as the National Winner of the Draw It! Category in the contest. The other two National Winners are Adele Beaudoin, from Red Deer, Alberta, in the “Write it!” category and Florence Emmanuelle Parent, from Rosemère, Quebec, in the “Snap it!” category.

This year, the theme is "What makes you proud to be Canadian?". Rachel Shen who has been learning creative art in Beware Wet Paint Art School since the age of 6, beat the other youth candidates from 8 to 18 years old across Canada to stand as the national top winner in the drawing category. In the painting, she used mixed media including watercolour, acrylic paints, pencil crayons…etc to reflect her passions in how Canada is combined with rich cultures and historical background, beautiful natures, dynamic people and future technologies. Together, it creates an abstract form of a Canadian flag which is surrounded by people of diversities celebrating and hoping for the future of Canada.

Every year, using their creativity and imagination, youth from all across Canada took up the challenge to explore Canada's history, culture, and identity and to discover what makes this country a truly special place.

The three national winners will be invited to the biggest celebration in the country, Canada Day on Parliament Hill, on July 1, 2016. They will also have the opportunity to work with the team from the National Film Board of Canada to produce their own short film about their adventure in the region.

Canadians can admire the three winning entries, as well as those by the finalists, by visiting the Canada Day Challenge website or the Canadian Museum of History from June to September 2016.

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只有14歲就讀高中9年班的Rachel Shen (沈瑞秋), 由8-18歲的全國參賽者中脫穎而出,獲得一年一度加拿大政府舉辦的國慶日藝術挑戰賽繪畫類別比賽的最高奬項。由加拿大聯邦衛生部長Jane Philpott, Minister of Health宣布最後賽果。 自六歲便開始於智新美術學校(Beware Wet Paint Art School)接受創意藝術訓練, 她今次的優勝畫作, 融合水彩、蠟筆、油彩, 以加拿大國旗及省旗圖案,不同族裔人物共同慶祝及創造未來等虛實結合的描繪手法,展現了多元和諧的訊息, 更帶引出加國充滿豐富的文化歷史及大自然共融的特色。透過今年大會主題「為加拿大感到自豪之處」, 她感到很高興能用畫畫, 成功地展示自己在加拿大感受到的多元文化色彩。 加拿大國慶日藝術比賽由聯邦族裔部每年舉辦一次, 主要面向全國的中小學生, 包括繪 畫、攝影、寫作三個類別, 最終每類評出一位最高榮譽的優勝者及兩位決賽入圍學生。 作為獎勵, 三位總冠軍及其家人將會被邀前往渥太華參加為期一周的國慶日慶祝活動, 與加拿大國家電影局的拍攝人員一起, 把他們此程有趣的經歷製作成紀錄短片分享。 三位最高榮譽優勝的作品,將會在六月至九月於加拿大歷史博物館中展出, 所有入圍作 品也可到國慶日挑戰的網站中欣賞。

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