ASPIRING art designers can now make their dream come true in a card design contest after which six winning Christmas and New Year cards will be printed for primary schools. The competition, entitled 'Christmas and Chinese New Year Cards Cover Design for all Hong Kong Primary School Pupils', jointly organised by the Union of Heads of Aided Primary Schools of Hong Kong (UHAPS) and a textbook publishing company, is divided into two sections - Christmas and the Chinese New Year. All primary school pupils are invited to send in their designs along with their application forms which can be obtained from most school offices. Primary schools are recommended to hold an internal card design competition and select the best three designs for each group. The deadline is Friday. Chan To-yee, director of the publishing company, said the idea came from his Form Four daughter who made her own greeting cards for friends and classmates. 'Last year, while we were printing and sending Christmas cards to primary schools, the idea suddenly came to my mind. I thought it would be nice to give pupils a chance to design their own cards, just like my daughter does.' The idea was approved by the UHAPS and received enthusiastic support. 'I believe that a child can put life into a greeting card,' Mr Chan said. Mr Chan expects about 400 primary schools to participate in the competition. The panel of adjudicators, comprising representatives from UHAPS, the textbook publishing company and the Education Department (Arts and Craft), will select six winning designs. Three prizes will be awarded in each group. The champions will receive a trophy and a $1,000 book coupon each. Ten merit prizes will also be given. 'About 100,000 copies of the winning designs will be printed and sent to primary schools so pupils can actually use them for greetings,' Mr Chan said. 'I think the pupils will be happy to have their own cards.' He added that the contest would help pupils' interest in art and design. 'We hope to continue this competition so primary pupils will have something to look forward to every year to exhibit their artistic talent.'