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Young talent from Khon Kaen wins 60th Anniversary Logo Competition



Ms Wannapha Lekbuntham, an architecture student at Khon Kaen University has won the logo competition to mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Australia and Thailand. Ms Wannapha impressed the judges with her creativity. Her design showcased national animals of Thailand and Australia - a kangaroo and an elephant - to represent the enduring friendship between Australia and Thailand. Khun Wannapha won the grand prize of a return airfare to Australia sponsored by Thai Airways.

2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand. To celebrate this important occasion, the Australian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a nation-wide competition to find a logo which would represent the essence of the Thailand - Australia bilateral relationship. On 15 December 2011, the Australian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, jointly announced the winner.

“I am glad to see that the competition has attracted 84 entries. Our committee had a tough job. Many thanks to all participants for their remarkable efforts. I would like to congratulate Khun Wannapha for her winning design that reflects the last 60 years and our flourishing bilateral friendship in a simple yet meaningful way”, Mr James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand said.

“The winning design presents familiar national symbols in an unconventional way, reflecting the bilateral relationship which flourishes with creativity,” Mr Chirachai Punkrasin, Director-General of the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said.

Ms Wannapha was excited to win the first competition she had ever entered, “I feel very glad. I decided to use animals as the symbol of the two countries and turned them into the number 60, to make it easy for everyone - Thai and Australian - to understand”, she said.

The judging committee comprised of Mr James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand; Mr Chirachai Punkrasin, Director-General of the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Pichit Virangkabutra, Director of Exhibition and Activity Relations Department of Thailand Creative Design Center (TCDC); and Mr Mongkon Ponganutree, Editor-in-Chief, art4D magazine, selected the winning design based on the design concept, strong statement of creativity and innovation, quality of the design, and function.

The Australia – Thailand 60th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations Logo Design Competition was supported by Thai Airways, art4D, and the Australia-Thailand Institute.
 

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