22 April 2021, Turkey. – Jury members of the national drawing competition organized by AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC on the occasion of Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (April 23) summed up the results and determined the winners.


The theme for this year’s competition was "Clean Energy for Clean Future". The participants’ artwork meant to emphasize the importance of nuclear power plants construction for growing energy demands and also to focus nuclear energy as a source of power that does not produce greenhouse gases and thus helps to preserve the environment for future generations. The contest was held among children aged 6 to 14 in two age categories: 6 to 10 and 11 to 14 years old. The contest was held in an online format: in order to participate it was necessary to scan or take a photo of the drawing and send it by e-mail.


Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the contest aroused much interest among children. In total, more than 150 applications were filed, which is an absolute record in the history of the competition. Applications for participation came from all over Turkey - Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Bursa and many other provinces.


Originally, the contest was to be held on April 1-15, however, due to the large number of applications, the deadline for submissions was extended to April 18.


The artworks were assessed in two steps, by employees of AKKUYU NUCLEAR Mersin Public Information Center and a professional fine arts teacher. 30 works were shortlisted as a result of pre-assessment. The works were sent to the honorable representatives of the contest jury. The main jury consisted of Turgay Demirtaş, the owner of the leading Mersin TV channel "Channel 33", Sezgin Pancar, special reporter of Anadolu news agency in Mersin, Yalçın Taşlıalan, a journalist from Gülnar district center, as well as representatives of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC – Vasiliy Korelskiy, General Director Press-Secretary, and Natalia Konovalova, Head of Administration Office.


Five winners have been nominated in each age category. In the 6 to 10 years age category, prize-winning places were taken by Ulyana Sezemina (1st place), Zeynep Sena Ayhan (2nd place), Maria Belyaeva (3rd place), Cennet Karakaya (4th place) and Naz Oralp (5th place); in the 11 to 14 years old category - Elif Beren Çalgıcı (1st place), Sura Yaşa (2nd place), Ayselnur Akar (3rd place), Alexandra Malysheva (4th place) and Arina Daibova (5th). The winners will receive creativity kits, memorable souvenirs from AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, and the right to participate in a 1-month educational online drawing course. All applicants will get commemorative electronic certificates of participation.


The jury members shared their thoughts about the contestants’ works.


Anadolu Agency reporter Sezgin Pancar: “I gladly accepted the offer of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC to evaluate the works of the competition participants, timed to coincide with such a significant date, and I am grateful to the company for such an opportunity. It was not easy but very exciting to select the best of the many unique drawings.”

AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Head of Administration Office Natalia Konovalova: “I really liked the works of all the contestants. I should note that the drawings are very colorful and bright, there are almost no gloomy tones. It means that children grow up in wonderful families, in an atmosphere of love and goodwill, many thanks to their parents for this! Many drawings depict nature - animals, mountains, clear cloudless skies, which means the kids understand that the nuclear power plant is reliable and safe for the environment”.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC General Director Press Secretary Vasiliy Korelskiy: “All the drawings look brilliant. All children are very talented, with no exceptions. Each participant tried his best, took pencils in his hands and drew his own performance. For us, every drawing is interesting and valuable. The main thing is that each drawing has a theme of love. Love for nature and animals, for family and friends, for home and city, for science and new technologies. I am sure that such contests will be held in future, and everyone who wants to win may already start painting their new bright and interesting pictures. Thanks to all the participants!


The applicants’ works will be posted on the official pages of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC on Instagram and Facebook under #akkuyu, #akkuyunükleer, #Akkuyu23Nisan, #TemizGelecekİçinTemizEnerji and #AkkuyuResimYarışması.


AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC congratulates the winners and wishes them further success in creativity and studies!