Danube Art Master 2019

Jointly organised by the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), this competition encourages children to have a closer look at their local river, to reflect on what the environment means to them, and to create original artworks to celebrate the region.

Children from all schools, NGOs, clubs, day care centres or associations for children in the Danube Basin are invited to create a piece of art and take part in the Danube Art Master competition, which has been uniting thousands of children throughout the Danube River Basin since 2004. The competition doesn’t only bring children of the Danube region together, but also educates them about the river’s intrinsic value and importance, and gives them a voice to comment on the future of their environment.

Competition Details

Participants must be between 6 and 18 years old, and from a country in the Danube Basin (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine). The competition exists at two levels: national and international. Once selected at national level, national winners will then compete at the international level. The participants are encouraged to check the submission deadline with their national organiser.

Categories: artwork, video, poem, song or performance

Children should go to a river-bank (ideally on the Danube or a Danube tributary) and create their environmental art, record a song, record a video, or hold a performance. After creating their artwork, the children or teachers should take a colour photo or video of the artwork and send it to national organiser.

 

Specifications

Artworks should be created with natural materials found by the river. Drawings and paintings are not accepted. The minimum size of the digital photos is 150 DPI.

  • Videos should be no longer than 1 minute, recorded by camera or phone. Animations will not be accepted.
  • Songs should be no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds and recorded on video.
  • Poems should be no longer than 1 A4 page and written in English.
  • Performances should be no longer than 5 minutes and recorded on video.
  • All photos and videos should be sent to the national organizers.

 

Winner selection

National level

At the national level, the national organisers will judge the different forms of art. National prizes vary from country to country, and participants are encouraged to contact their country’s organiser for details. The top 10 national artworks will be posted on the official Instagram account of the competition.

International level

At the international level, two of the categories - the national winners’ artworks and videos, will be judged by an international jury, which is composed of the national representatives of all ICPDR countries. For the judging, text or other hints as to the national artwork’s nation of origin will be redacted to facilitate neutral assessment. The judges’ decision is final, and the creator(s) of the chosen artwork will be crowned ‘Danube Art Master’.

Employees and officers of GWP CEE and ICPDR, as well as the immediate family (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings and grandparents) are not eligible to take part in the competition. Participation in the competition constitutes the winner’s consent for their name and contribution picture to be made public in publications of GWP CEE and the ICPDR. GWP CEE and ICPDR reserve the right to use the photographs/videos taken without the expressed written permission of those included within the photographs/videos.

Social media

In addition to the Danube Art Master Facebook page, this year’s Danube Art Master will open an Instagram page to attract more children from the Danube region. Apart from the main competition, children will also be encouraged to post their art on the related to the Danube River Basin topics on Instagram using a hashtag #DanubeArtMaster2019.  There will be a special prize for the Most Liked artwork and video on Danube Art Master’s Instagram page. Only the artworks and videos submitted officially by the national organisers can compete for the Most Liked prize.



Danube Art Master 2018: A Report

Moldova was the winner of the Danube Art Master Competition 2018

VIENNA, 29 October 2018 -- The winner of the ‘International Danube Art Master 2018’ competition was 17-year-old Ion Zatic of Moldova, announced Susanne Brandstetter, Chairperson of the Public Participation Expert Group of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). The Public Participation Expert Group is responsible for promoting the Danube Art Master initiative in the Danube River Basin.

”Everything that man touched, has been transformed into a closed ecosystem!” is  the name of the winning artwork. Its creator, Ion Zatic, is a student at the Corjova School, Moldova. Concerned about the damage to natural habitats caused by industrialization and urbanization, he appeals to put more efforts into to preserving the natural ecosystems instead of creating artificial ones.

Category: Artwork

The Danube Art Master winner is selected by 13 countries, which share the Danube River Basin, including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The competition is open to all children and schools across the 14 countries that make up the Danube River Basin. Around 1109 children from 142 schools participated, submitting about 401 artworks and 60 videos including team submissions.

Second and third places went to 13-year-old Anais König of Austria for her project, “Inspired by the Danube”, and Sara Đuka, Tamara Petrović and Marija Rašković from Prva Beogradska Gimnazija, Belgrade, Serbia for their project titled “Play by the Danube”. Anais König is a student at the Lycée Français in Vienna. Her artwork shares her unique perspective as a photographer. “Play by the Danube” represents a mixture of different materials - waste, beautiful flowers, bird feathers and was inspired by the contrast of the Zemun Quay on the Danube in Belgrade, where the artwork was created.

Category: Video 

In the video category, a group from Slovakia won with the short video “We are Danube” created by Katarína Kováčová, Agáta Klimešová, Denis Gerža and Linda Várošová from the Design School in Bratislava. Their message is that the Danube is an important natural habitat for many animals, plays a significant role in people’s lives and creates a strong bond among the countries that share the Danube, a bond that people should appreciate and cherish.

Second place in the video category was awarded to a group of 8th and 9th grade students from Bulgaria for “Cleaning and restocking with baby trouts of Bely Vit river for a healthier Danube”. The creators are Brian Mikov, Victorya Petrova, Borislav Christov, Ralitsa Boteva, Eleonora Lyubomirova, Ivan Ivanov, Ralitsa Toneva, Kalinna Naidenova, Radosvetta Krassimirova, Ralitsa Stoyanova, Andrea Raikova, Tsarinna Nickolova, Victor Nickolaev, Nickol Atanassova from the Eco-club “Green Ideas for Tourism” at Georgi Benkovsky Comprehensive school in Teteven.

Third place was awarded to Germany. A team of international School exchange students from Anton-Bruckner-Gymnasium in Straubing, Germany and Brucknergymnasium Wels, Austria won for their video, “Donauforscher”, which deals with the subject of water pollution by microplastics.

The Competition 

On International Danube Day on 29 June 2018, the “International Danube Art Master 2018” competition was announced. The theme of the competition was based on the motto of the year’s Danube Day – “Get active for a healthier Danube” - the second of the three pillars of the Danube Declaration 2016, advocating cleaner, healthier, safer waters for everyone to enjoy.

The competition encourages children to think about the value and importance of their local rivers, environments and the Danube River Basin specifically. Entrants must use materials from those environments to create artworks that present the water situation of their respective countries.

The competition was jointly organized by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE), an ICPDR observer organisation and one of the largest networks focusing on water in the world.

“Danube Art Master 2018 witnessed the participation of 13 countries sharing the Danube River Basin. This competition is a golden opportunity for children and teenagers to demonstrate their deep connection with the Danube and a reminder for us adults of our duty to protect it for generations to come” said ICPDR Executive Secretary Ivan Zavadsky about the competition.
 


 

16 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 in 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

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