Deadline: 10 September 2021

While the world is evolving at an astonishing pace, human actions have become a significant threat to the health of the planet. Year after year, the negative effect of climate change becomes more dangerous and visible, yet the human maelstrom continues to escalate without mitigating these devastating effects. Therefore, world leaders will meet next October 31 at the annual United Nations climate conference to try and formulate new commitments, challenges and collective transformations.

In this context, Art Partner, one of the world’s largest creative agencies, together with UNESCO Montevideo Office, is calling on young artists of all nationalities, races, genders and faiths, between 14 and 30 years of age, to participate in #CreateCOP26, an artistic contest to provide a creative response to Climate Change, capable of generating conversations about the urgent need to visualize effective solutions.

How can art transform this reality?

From the eyes, minds and hearts of the young artists, a clear picture of the climate emergency will be revealed to all, calling for collective action to build planetary stewardship that leads to sustainable development pathways around the world. The young artists can apply with any medium, including but not limited to photography, documentary and experimental film, performance art, spoken word, musical compositions, fashion design, new media, and social networking projects. For more information and to apply, click here.

Prizes will be awarded to the most original works. Eight finalists will receive cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 or $2,000 (£7,250, £3,375, £725). Another 20 creatives will receive honorable mentions from a world-renowned jury composed of a United Nations official and industry experts. Entries open on July 15, 2021 and close on September 10, 2021.

All finalists and honorable mentions will have their works displayed in a virtual exhibition organized by and will be featured on @artpartner’s Instagram, around 350K followers. They will also have the opportunity to appear in international press and media in support of #CreateCOP26.

The panel of jurors includes: Lidia Brito, UNESCO Regional Director of the Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean; Han Feng, Artist; Candice Marks, Senior Global Agent Art Partner; Marina Testino, Advocate for Sustainable Fashion; Ferdinando Verderi, Creative Director Vogue Italia; Matt Williams, Curator, Camden Art Centre; Shaway Yeh, Founder of Yehyehyeh and Editorial Director of Style at Modern Media Group in China.


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