Danube Art Master 2018 / 2019

National Art Masters go through to international final

Once again, the Danube rivers have proved to be a great inspiration for young people to voice their concerns about rivers. Over a thousand children from 140 schools and clubs located across the Danube Basin answered our creative challenge in 2018. The 14-country art extravaganza tasked them to create a riverside artwork from materials found by the river or a 1-minute video expressing why rivers are important, related to the theme Get active for a healthy Danube! 

You can see some of the resulting videos and artworks on facebook, where you can also take part in voting for the most popular international video by 'liking' your favourite.

National Art Masters now wait to hear who will win the top prize to be crowned the International Danube Art Master for 2018! The announcement will be made on facebook later in the year.

If you or your school are inspired to create art for the Danube, details of how to enter the 2019 competition will be available here in spring 2019. You might end up being crowned Art Master for your country and win a great prize!

In the meantime, you can read more about the competition on last year's competition factsheet or visit the website of co-organisers, Global Water Partnership where information is available in national languages. The latest competition news will also be posted on facebook. Or, if you need more inspiration, check out the gallery and video below, showcasing the annual competition.


Winners of the 2017 International Danube Art Master announced in Vienna 

Students from Ilidža in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been crowned the international Danube Art Masters for 2017, being placed first in the 13-country final! Congratulations go to the children from the Sixth School in Ilidža, Sarajevo, and to the competition organisers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ekotim!

The pupils' ingenious creation, entitled “Bridge – rivers connect people and bridges connect their riversides”, was constructed from plastic bottles and plaited bags. Traversing a Bosna tributary, the artwork emphasized not only the river's role in linking people, but also the pollution pressures that rivers face. The winners were announced in October 2017 at the House of the European Union in Vienna by Susanne Brandstetter, Chairperson of the Public Participation Expert Group of the ICPDR.

Second Place went to Hungary with “Give me a hand”, a work made from sand, glass debris and plastic waste showing a hand reaching out of the waste created by Gréta Melinda Gats, a pupil at the Szombathely Arts High School in Szombathely. The third prize went to Croatia with “Eco Patrol” by a group of pupils behind Slatinik Drenjski from PO Slatinik in Drenje.  



International Award Ceremony 2017 in Vienna

The Award Ceremony was held on Wednesday, 13 December during the 20th ICPDR Ordinary Meeting in Vienna. The top three winners of Danube Art Master 2017 received their Awards from ICPDR President Peter Gammeltoft and Chairperson of the Public Participation Expert Group, Susanne Brandstetter in the presence of the Heads of delegation of 13 Danube countries. The EU Commission and all ICPDR observers congratulated the young representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Croatia for their great art. 
“We believe that this competition encourages children and teenagers to learn more about the Danube and help protect it,” said ICPDR Executive Secretary Ivan Zavadsky about the competition. “It is also an artistic reminder for adults and the representatives of Danube national governments of their joint responsibility to ensure that the Danube is protected for future generations.”

 

Special feature 2017 – the video category

A special video category was launched this year with three winners getting a “special prize” in this creative category. The three main winners were in this order: 
  • First place: Ukraine with “Tisza, you are life” by Denis Savchenko 
  • Second place: Slovakia with “H.E.L.P” by a group of students, Secondary school of Design, Bratislava
  • Third place: Germany with “Skandal an der Donau” by Jakob Bauch

The first winner of the Danube Art Master video category Denis Savchenko received a special award by the ICPDR. It was handed to the Head of Delegation from Ukraine and will be delivered to Denis. 

 

14 Years of Danube Art Master in 14 countries

Each year, the Danube Art Master contest challenges children living in the Danube Basin to create sustainable works of art dedicated to their rivers. New for 2017 was a special category for young film-makers: create a 1 minute video capturing your hopes and dreams for your river. National Art Masters were selected in each country, and then went through to the international round of the competition in Vienna. 
 

Video showcasing the Danube Art Master at the 2016 ICPDR Ministerial Meeting.

Jointly overseen by the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) and the ICPDR, this ambitious contest encourages children to visit their local rivers and create art reflecting what the Danube means to them. By entering the competition, they not only have a great time making their creations but are motivated to consider the future of the rivers and the people and wildlife that rely on them. The result is a visual representation of young people's vision for the Danube Basin.

Running since 2004, the competition has resulted in tens of thousands of artworks lining rivers across all 14 countries. Each creation is an expression of children's passion for their local river: whether demonstrating their Danube solidarity, environmental concern, hopes for the future, or the simple pleasures to be had from spending time near rivers.

Organisers of the international competition took a break in 2016 to focus efforts on relaunching the contest in 2017. Nonetheless, Slovenia, Serbia and Moldova ran national rounds: see Review 2016.

2015 saw Iman Maljić from Bosnia-Herzegovina scoop the International Danube Art Master crown. Over 1300 children from 11 countries rose to the 2015 challenge to design gowns fit for a Grand Danube Masquerade, made only from materials found by their rivers. To browse more of the 600 marvellous creations, see Flickr and Facebook.

Browse the gallery below to get a taste of how the Danube rivers have inspired the region's children. For further information on the competition see Facebook and view previous years' entries on Flickr 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Gallery

  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Ukraine: 'Danube Pirate Ship' by the Zakarpattya Young Environmentalist's Club
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Moldova: 'Everything that Man has touched has been transformed into a closed ecosystem' by pupils from Corjova Secondary School
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Romania: 'Pollution Stricken Danube' by pupils from Galati
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Bulgaria: 'Danube Without Plastics' by students from Professor Assen Zlatarov High School of Vidin
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Montenegro: 'Fish' by a pupil from Dusan Obradovic Primary School in Zabljak
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Montenegro: 'Flower' by pupils from Dusan Obradovic Primary School in Zabljak
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: 'Silent River Killers - Mini Hydropower Plants' by pupils from Aleksa Santic School in Sarajevo
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Serbia: 'Play by the Danube' by pupils from Belgrade
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Croatia: 'Danube We Have a Problem' by students from Drenje
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Hungary: 'What is your Footprint?' by pupils of the Beethoven-Általános School in Martonvásár
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Slovakia: 'Rowing to Healthier Water' by pupils from Horny Bar
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Austria: 'Inspired by the Danube' by students from the French School of Vienna
  • Danube Art Master 2018 in Germany: 'Danube Fish' by pupils from Deggendorf Secondary School
  • International winner in the 2017 Danube Art Master contest from Bosnia-Herzegovina!
  • Jakob Bauch wins the German Danube Art Master prize for 2017
  • Regensberg pupils come 2nd in Germany's 2017 Danube Art Master contest in Bavaria
  • 'Taste the Water' by pupils from Taxenbach wins Austria's Danube Art Master in 2017
  • Art students from the Lycee Francais in Vienna win 3rd place in Austria's 2017 contest
  • 'For Good Luck': Artwork by children from Komárno in Slovakia's Danube Art Master contest 2017.
  • 'Life in the Danube River' by pupils from the Horný Bar in Slovakia.
  • 'HELP We do not want to live in trash!' by pupils from the Bratislava School of Design in Slovakia's 2017 contest
  • 'Fountain' by children from Lébényi Primary School and AMI: their entry in the 2017 Danube Art Master contest in Hungary.
  • Getting creative in Slovenia's Art Master contest: students from Domžale working on their artwork 'Our river is clean and safe'.
  • Entry in Slovenia's 2017 Danube Art Master contest.
  • Second International winner in the 2017 Danube Art Master contest from Hungary
  • Entry in Slovenia's 2017 Danube Art Master contest: 'Keep our rivers clean' by a student from Sevnica.
  • Entry in Croatia's Danube Art Master 2017: 'Sail, boat!' by 8th grade pupils from OŠ Dalj
  • Entry in Bulgaria's Danube Art Master 2017: 'Tree of the Future' by pupils from Silistra.
  • Winning entry in Moldova's 2017 Danube Art Master: 'We want clean air and a clear sky! Let's pray for the pure waters!'
  • Slovenia's 2016 national Danube Art Master winner: Crayfish by pupils from Bistrica pri Primary
  • Overall winner of the 2015 International Danube Art Master contest: Black Swan from Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Ukraine's 2015 Danube Art Master winner from Zakarpattya Oblast
  • Moldova's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Bulgaria's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Croatia's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Slovenia's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Hungary's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Slovakia's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Austria's 2015 Danube Art Master winner
  • Moldova wins the 2014 International Danube Art Masters competition:  'Friends of the water' by Elena Gorobeț from Elizaveta, Moldova.
  • Slovakia's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Danube: Living by the water
  • Hungary's 2014 Danube Art Master: Water footprint or What should I chose
  • Bosnia-Herzegivinia's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Cap collecting robot
  • Romania's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Happiness is in small things
  • Bulgaria's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Future inhabitants of the Earth
  • Ukraine's 2014 joint Danube Art Master winner: Its in our hands
  • Overall 2013 international winner: 'Danube People' by Lora Petak and Vinko Kovacic from Croatia
  • 'River harbour', placed 1st in Moldova's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'Waterlife', placed 9th in Moldova's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'From Coast to Coast', placed 1st in Bulgaria's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'Get active for the rivers: they are part of our world' entered in Bulgaria's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'The Fish', placed second in Serbia's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'The Danube Waltz' placed 1st in Bosnia-Herzegovina's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'Fish from Waste' placed 5th in Bosnia-Herzegovina's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'High Five for the Danube and all its life', placed 2nd in Croatia's 2013 Danube Art Master
  • Proud boat builders in Slovenia's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Winners of Hungary's 2013 Danube Art Master competition take the helm during their prize-winning cruise © Danube Art Master Hungary
  • 'Heart for the Danube' placed 1st in Slovakia's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Winning 2013 Slovak Danube Art Masters from Komarno
  • Steinbergdorfl students creating their 2013 masterpiece for Austria's Danube Art Master contest
  • Brno students were placed 7th in the 2013 Czech Danube Art Master competition
  • Winning artwork in Germany's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Entry into Germany's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Winner of the 2012 Danube Art Master contest
  • United for the Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Czech Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Czech Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Czech Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Czech Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Slovakian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Slovakian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Slovakian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Slovakian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Slovenian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Danube Art Master contest in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Entry in the 2012 Serbian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Serbian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Serbian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Serbian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Romanian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Bulgarian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Moldovan Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Ukrainian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Ukrainian Danube Art Master contest

Links