The event was the third edition of Chughtai Art Award and organised in collaboration with Ankara National Education Directorate.
This was named after renowned Pakistani artist Abdul Rahman Chughtai, a message received here from Ankara said.
High school students of Ankara province participated in the competition under the theme “Arts and Crafts of Pakistan.” Depicting the theme, a total of 26 paintings were short-listed for consideration by a panel of independent judges, who selected nine paintings for prizes in three categories.
A painting made by Busra Aslantas of Cankaya Bahcelievler Anadolu Lisesi won the first prize while paintings of Busra Yurtdas of Faruk Nafiz Camlibel Lisesi at Yenimahalle and Eda Korkmaz of Cankaya Guzel Sanatlar ve Spor Lisesi got second and third prizes respectively.
At an exhibition and prize distribution ceremony, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister, Naci Koru said both Pakistan and Turkey have excellent brotherly relations.
“There is a great scope to further improve our relations in diverse fields. I look forward to other exciting events that the Embassy of Pakistan is organising to commemorate the Cultural Year of Pakistan in Turkey,” he said.
Ambassador Haroon Shaukat lauded the spirit and zeal of the students and teachers who organised the event. He said the ideas of brotherhood and cultural affinity among people of our countries reinforce our special relations.
He also reiterated the desire to further strengthen Turkey-Pakistan relations in political, economic and cultural fields.
Deputy Director General of Ankara Provincial National Education Directorate, Ismail Hakki said all students in Ankara have love for Pakistan and a reflection of this could be seen in these paintings. He showed keen interest in holding this competition on a regular basis.
All the participating students, their parents and teachers, senior officials from the Ankara National Education Directorate and Pakistani community attended the ceremony.
The exhibition will remain open to public from May 13-17 at the Exhibition Hall of National Library of Turkey in Ankara.