This Art Contest Is Giving Away Scholarships & Cash Prizes To Creative Young Malaysians

Registration and participation is free!

Cover image via The One Academy (Provided to SAYS)

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Celebrating creativity and uniqueness, The One Academy is back with its yearly contest for young artists to get a chance to snag some illustrious prizes

Referred to formally as the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards 2023, this year's installation, which also happens to be the 26th rendition of the event, sees the nation's most prestigious secondary school art competition spreading one crucial message.

Approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), this year's theme revolves around the upcoming Disney Pixar animated feature, Elemental (2023).

Embracing the core message from the film, the theme is titled, "The Beauty In Differences". Encouraging students to share their take on how differences make us stronger, each contestant will be given the freedom to express this meaningful theme in their own perspective, be it in a setting of fantasy or reality.

Poster for 'Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards' 2023.

Image via The One Academy (Provided to SAYS)

Open to secondary school teens aged 14 to 18, the contest boasts over RM830,000 worth of scholarships and RM13,000 in cash prizes to be won

Held nationwide, the competition will take place in 11 cities across both East and West Malaysia, including Petaling Jaya, Ipoh, Georgetown, Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru, Sibu, Miri, Kuching, Sandakan, Tawau, and Kota Kinabalu.

While the contest aims to contribute to the creative community by inspiring, supporting, and acknowledging young talents, students will also stand the chance to be rewarded for their glorious creations.

The top three performers of the competition will win the most sought-after prizes in the event. These prizes are as follows:

Gold Award
- RM90,000 scholarship
- RM3,000 cash prize

Silver Award
- RM70,000 scholarship
- RM2,000 cash prize

Bronze Award
- RM50,000 scholarship
- RM1,000 cash prize

A special seven will receive the Young Artist Award, earning a RM30,000 scholarship as well as a RM500 cash prize each. Additionally, all 10 winners will get a signature artist mannequin trophy, a certificate of excellence, and exclusive Disney Pixar's Elemental (2023) merchandise.

The signature mannequin trophy from the contest.

Image via The One Academy (Provided to SAYS)

The contest will also be handing out Encouragement Prizes to 30 lucky students, worth RM8,000 in scholarships, as well as 35 Jury's Special Selection prizes of RM5,000 in scholarships.

As a non-profit event, students will be able to join the contest without paying a dime, as both pre-registration and participation are completely free

All students may register individually or through their school. Contestants are highly recommended to speak to their schools about the competition regarding a team registration before applying individually. For groups registering by their school, teachers or school representatives will be required to provide the details of their students before uploading it to the registration page.

The following candidates who are within the respective age groups listed will be allowed to compete:
- National secondary schools: Form 2 (Aged 14) to Form 6 (Aged 18)
- Independent high school: Junior Year 2 (Aged 14) to Senior Year 3 (Aged 18)
- International school: Grade 9 (Aged 14) to Grade 11 (Aged 17)

Aspiring participants who completed SPM in February 2023 and May/June IGCSE examinations will not be eligible for the contest. Furthermore, Form 6 students may need to provide their offer letter for their study whenever asked.

Those who do not meet these requirements, among others, will be automatically disqualified. Click here to check out the full eligibility conditions for the contest.

All participants should bear in mind that the competition will be held physically, therefore digital paintings and artwork will not be permitted

Giving students full freedom over their own works, all traditional mediums of drawing are allowed, including watercolour, colour pencils, gouache, oil pastels, acrylic paints, pencil sketch, and inking, among others. Nevertheless, oil paints and spray paints are strictly prohibited.

On top of that, participants will be required to bring their own drawing and colouring tools, as these items will not be provided by the organisers. Only one A3-sized paper (29.7cm by 42cm, with a thickness of 165gsm) will be provided to all contestants, and will be regarded as the block to be assessed and judged for determining the winners.

The competition will take place in one three-hour round only, therefore participants will only be required to draw once. All submitted artwork is not returnable.

In a world where thinking outside of the box brings you joy and splendour, let your imagination run wild from time to time!

Here are all the details on registering for the competition:

The online pre-registration deadlines for each city are as below.

25th May 2023 – Sabah and Sarawak
15th June 2023 – Perlis, Perak, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Labuan, Sarawak (Miri), and Sabah (Kota Kinabalu)
29th June 2023 – Penang, Pahang, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur

All students looking to participate in the competition will be required to register online. There will be no acceptance of walk-ins to the contest without prior registration.

Click here to register for the competition.

An automatic email response will be sent to your listed email address if you have registered as an individual participant. For those who registered with their school, seek out your teacher or representative on updates relating to the competition.

The official poster for 'Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artist Awards' 2023.

Image via The One Academy (Provided to SAYS)

For more information on the competition, click here to visit the homepage of their website, or here for the FAQ portion of the network.

Alternatively, you can also reach the competition committee members at 03-78755510.

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