2nd International Drawing Contest 2022 for children 4-12 years old, for the International Day of Light by UNESCO

2nd International Drawing Contest for childrend 4-12 years old for the International Day of Light, celebrated by UNESCO on May 16.

The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace. Source: www.lightday.org

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kotsanas in collaboration with “Penny’s Light Seminar“, designed and presented by Dr. Penny Hatziefstratiou Michelinaki, organise the second international Drawing Contest on the topic of light & lighting. This is an effort to make children realise the importance and use of light in our life. It is a celebration for the International Day of Light by UNESCO (16 May).

The Drawing Contest is now included in the official website for the International Day of Light, in the country of Greece: https://www.lightday.org/events


The topic is “The light in Ancient Greece“. Children are asked to show the importance or use of light in Ancient Greece. It is addressed to children 4-12 years old.

Step 1 – Drawing

Think about the importance and the role of light in Ancient Greece. Think of its importance in everyday life as well as its symbolic meaning. Make a drawing on a white A4 paper (landscape) with the template designed for the purposes of this Drawing Contest, with shows the theatre of Heron, the first automatic theatre of the classical and hellenistic age. Please note that you children do not have to use this elements, as they only represent decorative elements for the purposes of this contest. Each drawing must be prepared by each child independently. Children can use any material they like (such a pencils or markers). They can also use collage, as long as this is integrated in the drawing, being a part of it, and not an independent piece of art. The template can be downloaded from the link below. It must be printed on a white A4 paper and used as landscape:

Step 2 – Photo

Take a photo of your drawing. Make sure it is well lit, without dark points or shadows. You must only include your drawing in the photo and no surroundings. Save as the photo with your surname- name and year of birth.

Step 3 – Upload your photo

Send your photo together with the requested information through the submission form that you can find here. Submissions are allowed between January 2022 and May 1, 2022.


A committee will decide on the best drawing. The winner will be contacted by email in order to receive the award. This will be a gift offered by the Museum and/or the book “Lucian’s first dream. A journey to light” by Dr Penny Hatziefstratiou Michelinaki, illustrated by Myrto Delivoria. The book was approved in January 2022 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Youth of Cyprus for the libraries of the Primary Schools.

All participants can receive electronically an award of participation. Parents/ teachers should print this on A4 paper and complete the names of participants.

Book Summary

Lucian wondered what it’s like to have a dream. When he decides to look for his own dream, he sets out on a journey full of adventure! On this journey, Lucian discovers truths full of light, which in the end will help him find the way to his own dream…


To be announced soon.


The drawings that will receive an award will be presented in an exhibition that will take place at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kotsanas, in Athens, between 16-22 May 2022.

A digital exhibition will be organised with most of the drawings. The relevant link will be available soon at: www.pennymichelinaki.com

Terms & Conditions

By submitting the drawing of your child, you automatically accept the terms & conditions in this competition. You consent to the use of your personal data and that of your child, for the purposes of this competition. Personal data will not be forwarded or used by third parties, except the Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek technology who are organising the Contest.  You also consent to the presentation of your child’s drawing in websites, social media, newsletters for the purposes of this event and through the online exhibition. A committee will decide on the winner. The decision cannot be doubted or not accepted. The winner will receive Penny’s book as an award, without any further expectations, whatsoever. Every child is allowed to submit one drawing only, as a photo (.png, .jpg) max 2MB. Drawings must be individual, and not collective work. Terms & Conditions may change at any time, without prior notice. Please refer to this paragraph regularly.

About the events

The Drawing Contest for the year 2021 has been completed. You can find information about the winners, the jury, as well as the digital exhibition with all drawings here.

For any clarification, please contact pennyslightseminar@gmail.com

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