The Office for Disarmament Affairs has launched a disarmament education contest for young people, to run until 30 April. Entitled "Art for Peace 2012", contestants are encouraged to watch a short video film online, then to imagine a world free of nuclear weapons. Based on their musings, young people are asked to create and upload online original artwork.

Youth from ages 5 through 17 are being urged to be creative and tap into their imaginations to draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolours to illustrate a world free of nuclear weapons, without wars, without fear — no photography or computer-generated images.

All the works will be judged based on the criteria of creativity, composition, theme and technique.

When your art is ready, you may upload a photo or scanned .jpg file of your artwork to the site`s submissions page. Your art will be posted on the website, for you to share your dream of peace with friends, family, and the world.

Once your artwork is posted, your family, friends and anyone else will be able to share your work via Facebook and other social media. Please visit the UN Peace Day Facebook page.

The videos, rules and uploading form are available on the website:

There will be 4 winners in each age category (ages 5-8, ages 9-12 and ages 13-17). The winners will be announced before the end of May 2012. For age groups 5-8 and 9-12, the winners will receive wonderful art supplies.

For age group 13-17, there will be cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

Each winning entry will also receive a certificate from the United Nations and all winning artwork will be reproduced in a United Nations calendar.