This is the first year that the competition has received works done using computer graphics, of which Michael's was one. Before the ceremony, guests were able to browse the artwork displayed in the gallery. Here is a shot of Michael standing beside his piece, in which he used the Kanji character for "sword" to create his entry.
Here he is with a couple of friends from the Toronto Japanese Language School who were also winners.
Lily (left) won in her category and Sarah (centre) won the grand prize for her beautiful depiction of cherries.
Here she is with one of the judges holding a poster created from her artwork.