An art competition aims to encourage the public to express their love for dolphins and show their creative talents at the same time. The Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) have jointly launched a competition - which is now open for entries - based on Chinese white dolphins in Hong Kong waters. The Portraits of Dolphins - Art Competition hopes to raise awareness of the importance of protecting dolphins and their habitats among the young and old alike. Although the Chinese white dolphins only became well-known after they were selected as the mascot for the handover, the mammals have been roaming Hong Kong's waters for generations. The waters off Lantau Island is one of their major habitats. But they are threatened with extinction because of reclamation, over-fishing, toxic waste and the increasing number of vessels in the area. The construction of the Chek Lap Kok airport and the development of container terminals caused a serious decline in the population of Chinese white dolphins. To save these fun-loving animals, the conservation society is urging people to take action and express their support for environmental protection. The competition is divided into five groups for students from Primary One to Form Seven and those aged 18 or above. For primary pupils, the size of their entries should be 29cm by 38cm, while for secondary students and open group applicants it is 42cm by 59cm. There are no restrictions on the materials used for the drawings. All entries, together with an application form, should be submitted to the Marine Conservation Division (West) of the AFCD before 5pm on October 31. For more details, visit www.hkdcs.org or www.afcd.gov.hk Have you joined any environmental activities recently? Young Post's Environment Page would like to invite you to share your experience with other readers. Send the details of the programme (250 to 350 words in English) and photos to email@example.com Please also write your name, age, school and contact details. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.