Saturday, 23 May 2015

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UNRIC competitions

The UN is asking ordinary citizens around the world to unleash their creativity. Competitions on a variety of themes are regularly being organized. They are challenging, fun and rewarding, representing a great opportunity to get involved and help raise awareness on a given subject.

Below is an up-to-date list of competitions organized by the UN. They are ordered by deadline.

Please visit the websites to learn more on the rules and guidelines for each competition.

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Second Annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest

Deadline is 29 May, 2015

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Photo credit to Matt WeissWorld Oceans Day helps you make a difference in your life, community, and world by taking action to protect our ocean—for present and future generations.

Photography is a powerful medium of expression that can be used to communicate strong positive messages about a subject. This open and free photo contest seeks inspire the creation and dissemination of such positive imagery, which conveys the beauty and importance of the ocean.

24th International Children's Painting Competition

Deadline is 31 May 2015

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24th ICPCUNEP is inviting young artists all over the world to participate in the 24th International Children's Painting Competition. The theme this year is ‘We have the power!’ which focuses on sustainable energy. The competition is open to children aged 9 to 14 years and deadline for submission is 31 May 2015.

PLURAL+ 2014 Youth Video Festival

Deadline: 15 June 2015

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pluralplusThe United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion.

Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels. Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length.


#DrawDisability art campaign

Deadline is 15 July 2015

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#DrawDisability Campaign: Submissions openSubmissions are now open for a global art campaign that aims to raise young people’s awareness of disabilities and inclusion. Led by the United Nations Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI), and the GEFI Youth Advocacy Group (YAG), the #DrawDisability campaign invites children and youth to reflect on the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), through drawing.

All children and young people are invited to participate, and schools from around the world are encouraged to get involved in the campaign - which aims to highlight the accomplishments as well as the challenges that PWD have encountered in communities across the globe.

The One Minutes Jr. Competition

Deadline is 1 August, 2015

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OneMinuteJr 2015The OneMinutesJr. is a video initiative that highlights and celebrates the diversity among youth around the world. Workshop participants produce videos of sixty seconds that are positive and powerful examples of the way visual arts works as a communication tool across cultural, geographic and national borders.

There are three categories and the winners of the best video of each category will be presented with a Tommy award and an HDFlipCam! All nominees also win a place in a The One Minutes Jr./IDFA Masterclass in Amsterdam In November.

The competition is open to young people up to the age of 20.