“Painful to see” exhibition displays environmental photos by children and youth competition

On 3rd June, Paide Hillar Hanssoo Elementary School and Paide Town Government opened an environmental photo exhibition “Painful to See” by children and young people. The exhibition is compiled from the works submitted to a photo competition held with the same name.

The best works of the competition were revealed at the exhibition opening.

The first prize went to Joosep Talviste from Tarbja School with the photo “One Sad Old TV”, about which the author wrote: “I like to watch nature shows on TV, but not watch TV in nature. It’s a shame this TV doesn’t have a remote control and you don’t see Netflix movies and Youtube videos from there. It saddens me that this is why it has been thrown into the forest.

The second place went to Anett Vahtramäe from Hanssoo Basic School with the picture “Spring arrived with flowers, ladybirds and…. with masks melted from under the snow.”

Laura Kalmus from Hammerbeck Basic School earned the third place with the photo” There is no place for cigarettes in nature”.


All the photos submitted were displayed on Paide’s Facebook page for people to vote for their favourite. The most likes (425) were collected by the photo “Estonian forest is our greatest value” by Romet Troost, which condemns logging.

The winning entries in the photo competition were selected by a jury consisting of Ants Leppoja, Mariliis Peterson, Priit Jõesaar, Tiina Kivila and the creative team of Paide Art School.

The competition received 24 photos from 17 authors, 16 of which were exhibited. The photo competition took place as part of the international environmental project Circular Based Waste Management. The aim of the project was to increase the resonance of environmental issues in society and to raise awareness of the preservation of one’s living environment. The exhibition will remain in the Open Gallery of Paide until the end of September.

The Circular Based Waste Management project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation – www.eeagrants.org.

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