Aditya Choudhury, a 14-year-old student from Singapore and Ananya Mukerji, 16, from India, were declared the main winner and finalist of the 2020 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, the oldest such competition launched in 1883 on Friday. .
The results were declared at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall. The event hosted by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) featured the reading of winning plays by Indian actor Kareena Kapoor and British actor-writer Stephen Fry.
This year, the theme of the competition was “Commonwealth Climate Action”.
Choudhury’s essay was titled “Voices from the Blue World,” which imagines a grouper speaking at an underwater conference about the impact of climate change on the ocean community.
Mukerji wrote “The Waters Rise,” which imagines a passionate appeal to recognize the impact of climate change on small island states and the need for action. The junior winner was Cassandra Nguyen (13) from Canada and Eleni Bazikamwe (10) from Ghana was second.
The Duchess of Cornwall said: “Surprisingly, since the launch there have been 12,888 entries from young people across the Commonwealth: one of the most successful competitions on record. I am extremely proud of all of you to have overcome the challenges of the year thanks to your exceptional creativity on this vitally important subject ”.
Linda Yueh, RCS President, added: “We are delighted that, during a time of great uncertainty and turmoil around the world, this year’s competition has attracted nearly 13,000 entries from almost every Commonwealth of Nation.” .
Founded in 1883, the Modern Era competition gives young creative writers the opportunity to explore contemporary themes through the written word. The junior category is open to participants aged 13 and under and the senior category is open to participants aged 14 to 18.