UNITED NATIONS — A 22-year-old Indian artist is among the three winners of a UN poster competition aimed at raising awareness about nuclear disarmament, with her poster of a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon garnering appreciation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Anjali Chandrashekar, a New York-based designer and "artivist,” won the third prize in the UN Poster for Peace contest presented by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs to raise awareness of the need for nuclear disarmament.
Titled 'Cutting Barriers through Peace', the poster features a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon.
She received her third-prize certificate from Ban at an award ceremony held here on May 3. Apart from the three winners, nine honorable mentions were chosen from among more than 4,100 entries representing 123 countries.
The young artist was only 10 when she founded 'Picture It', a non-governmental organization that uses imagery to raise awareness and funds for various health, humanitarian and environmental causes.
"Nuclear disarmament is usually spoken about on such a high level and I believe that art has the power to humanize some of the most pressing issues that the world faces today," she told the UN News Center.
"It also transcends barriers of age, language and literacy so I thought this was a great opportunity for me to show that a brush can be mightier than arms."