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Diligent student wins competition with sustainable energy painting

Mr Kikham Keovongkoth is very happy to be declared the winner of a sustainable energy painting competition project titled ‘Sustainable Power for the Nation’and proud of the prize he has received.
Mr Kikham is a diligent student who usually pays attention well in class and practises painting skills diligently in his free time at the school dormitory after classes.
It is his diligence and his hope that has caused him to be successful in this competition despite it being the first time he has ever participated in a painting contest.
He was announced as the winner and rewarded with a prize of five million kip, a certificate, and an additional 500,000 kip for being finalist in this competition, all of which has made him so happy and proud of his work and life.

Receiving prize and certificate from Deputy Managing Director of EDL-GEN Mr Thongphet Douangngeune.

The competition was organised in cooperation with EDL-GEN and Lao National Fine Arts Institute, starting on May 21.
The announcement and awards ceremony was organised at Lao National Fine Arts Institute on Tuesday.
The event was attended by Director of Lao National Fine Arts Institute Dr Maysing Chanboutdy, Deputy Managing Director of EDL-GEN Mr Thongphet Douangngeune (who also handed over prize to winner), officials, teachers and students of institute, and included the media.
This is the first big prize Mr Kikham has ever received and it is very meaningful and important to him.
It was not easy for him to win such a big prize because he had to compete with more than 50 participating fine arts students in the audition round and then compete with 11 opponents in the final round, all of whom were good at art, and particularly good at painting.
However, he tried his best during the competition to create good artwork, as well as practising hard and tried to use all his knowledge, skills and abilities to tell a story through his painting using a variety of acrylic paints in order to make sure his work matched with the project title ‘Sustainable Power for the Nation’ and he fortunately won the title.
His painting features the Nam Khan 2 dam in Luang Prabang province. He had previously visited this place on a study tour before creating his artwork using his imagination to paint the Nam Khan 2 dam whilst incorporating the project’s title visually in his work.
Mr Kikham said that he was very happy to be announced as the winner of this competition and also proud of prizes he won.
“I am so happy and it was so exciting when my name was announced as the winner. I was confident about my artwork and its details but I did not expect too much. I just silently hoped for a minor prize at least,” he said excitedly while holding his prizes.
“It was not so easy and actually so difficult for me to win the title but I had to actively practice and pay close attention to all of the details in my painting,” he explained.
“After I went on the study tour visiting  Nam Khan 2 dam, I tried my best to use my all my  technical painting knowledge and skills and combine them with my own  imagination to create my artwork and for ensuring that it matched to the real atmosphere of this dam and also matched the project’s title as closely as possible.”
“I would like to thank the organising committee for holding this competition and giving us a chance to show our painting skills and painting ability to the public. I also would like to thank EDL-GEN funding for this project as well as education.”
“This project was really interesting and beneficial for students like us and it should continue next year because we have learnt many things from it and had new experiences, especially gaining knowledge and experience about hydro-dam electricity production, nature and environment protection, and sustainable development.”
“I am sure, sustainable energy production will help a lot on the sustainable development in our country.”
“So, EDL-GEN and other electricity production companies should continue to develop all dams under their administration to reach the goals on sustainable development.”
Mr Kikham was born on March 15, 1995 at Phonsing village, Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province.
He is a second year student studying painting at the Lao National Institute of Fine Arts, and currently lives in the dormitory of the institute.
Since beginning to study there last year, he has painted a number of paintings for sale to help him survive finncially, boosting his savings and covering expenses as he is living so far away from home and his family.
He has also many times sent money that he made from selling his paintings to his parents at home in order to help the family when they have needed some extra money.
He did not ask for money from his parents but he has sent money to them instead.
Mr Kikham loves painting and likes to do it in free time. He wisely has used knowledge and skills he has learnt to make income and help his family. So, he is a diligent and active student and also be a good son too.
From now on he will continue to improve his painting skills to be better and better in the future. He will also compete on a bigger stage if there is a chance.

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update June 24, 2017 )

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