A local teenager has won an international peace poster competition for the first time. Cookie Lau Hei-man took first prize ahead of 325,000 entries from around the world. The theme of the 14th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest was 'Lighting the Path to World Peace'. Competing in the 11- to 13-year-old age group, Hei-man, now 14, submitted a poster of doves breaking free from a rainbow. 'The dove represents peace. The rainbow means a brilliant future,' said Hei-man, a Form Two student at True Light Middle School in Kowloon Tong. It is not the first time Hei-man's designs have earned her public recognition. In January, she won top prize for the commemorative envelope she designed on the theme 'Asia's World City' in a contest sponsored by the SAR Post Office. As the grand prize winner, Hei-man will fly to New York with her mother to receive a plaque at a Lions Day awards presentation with the United Nations. She will also receive a cash prize of US$2,500 (HK$15,500). It will be Hei-man's first visit to the United States and she hopes to visit New York's art galleries, museums, the Empire State Building and the site of the World Trade Centre. Hei-man said she designed the poster in response to the September 11 terror attacks. 'I watched the attacks on television and it made me realise the importance of world peace and appreciate how lucky we are to be in a stable city,' she said. The annual Lions Clubs peace poster contest attracted entries from 55 countries. Twenty-three other contestants were merit award winners and will have their posters, along with Hei-man's, exhibited at venues in the US.