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Nha Trang girl wins UNICEF Vietnam contest to create climate superhero

Released at: 15:52, 14/10/2019

Nha Trang girl wins UNICEF Vietnam contest to create climate superhero

Photo: Unicef Vietnam

Nguyen Tran Pha Le beats out 16,000 other submissions with his superhero "Super Artist".

by Jessica Nguyen

Eighth-grader Nguyen Tran Pha Le from Nha Trang was announced the winner of the 2019 Superhero Comic Contest - Save the Earth, in an event to celebrate International Day for Disaster Reduction and held on October 12 in Hanoi.

Pha Le created “Super Artist”, with a super power to fix the environment with a simple stroke of a paintbrush. Super Artist uses super powers to create more trees, defeat bad forces, and create more environmental activists, who go around the world to help solve environmental problems and make the earth a more beautiful place.

“I thank everyone who made submissions. I want them to know their messages, including those on environmental degradation, pollution, water quality and eradicating plastic, have all been heard,” said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Vietnam Representative. “Children are more affected by climate change, by increasing natural disasters, and they want to be a part of addressing the challenges - of taking action today that protects the planet for their tomorrow.”

The Comic Contest, jointly launched in June this year by UNICEF, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority, and the Young Pioneer Council, with support from Artist Le Cat Trong Ly, called on children across the country to create a superhero that can save the earth and fight natural disasters and climate change. Over 16,000 submissions were received from girls and boys of different backgrounds, including children from ethnic minorities and children with disabilities aged between 10 and 15 years old from 40 cities and provinces in Vietnam.

Well-known comic illustrators and authors from the Kim Dong Publishing House were on the judging panel to identify the nine best submissions, and the final vote for the winner was left to the online community following UNICEF on social media.

Pha Le will work in the coming weeks with professional comic artists to transform Super Artist into a real animation video and story book.

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