A poster with a message of peace drawn by a Hong Kong student will compete with posters from around the world at an international competition to be held in the US. The poster was the top winner at the 'Eighth Peace Poster Contest', and the artist, Hui Ching-chung, 12, beat more than 740 contestants in the schools competition. His entry is a picture of Planet Earth surrounded by doves and with cheering children below. 'There are still wars in the world even as we speak, and although I am not very sure of the causes of these wars, I know that we should try to do something about it,' said the Form One student of St Louis School. 'My peace poster projects that feeling.' The poster, which the pupil completed in an hour, was originally meant to be a classroom assignment, but his art teacher thought it good enough to enter in the contest. Chi-chung was the only participant from his school. More than 100 primary and secondary schools from Hong Kong and Macau took part in the contest, which was open to students between 11 and 13 years. The competition was organised by the Lions Clubs International District 303 (Hong Kong and Macau) with help from the Education Department's Community Youth Club. Contest chairman Harry Hah Ki-wai said there will be around 180 entries in the US competition. 'Lions regional clubs around the world have held peace poster contests like ours, and all the winning entries are being sent for the big contest in the US,' Mr Hah said. 'This year we tried to encourage more students to take part, so we added two more prizes, a fourth and a fifth, and 10 more merit prizes, raising the number from 40 to 50.' This year's theme was 'Peace will set us free'. Ching-chung, who collects stamps and coins, received a cash prize of $5,000 and a trophy. The first runner-up Chan Chun-ting, 11, received $2,500, and second runner-up Leung Chung-yee, 11, $1,500. Deputy Director of Education Kwan Ting-fai, who was guest of honour at the presentation ceremony, said the contest would help students gain a deeper understanding of peace. 'I hope the students will act out the peace messages they project in their posters, and try to widen their horizons and learn to care more deeply about the world around them,' Mr Kwan said.