ADOBE YOUTH VOICES AWARD
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global competition that encourages and empowers youth around the world to express their desire for positive change through visual storytelling. Applicants are invited to investigate issues that are significant to them and to propose possible solutions that might resolve these issues. Submissions can be made into the following entries: animation, documentary, music video, narrative, poetry/experimental, photo essay or poster campaign. The top 3 submissions from each category are awarded an Adobe Youth Voices Award, with prizes for the artists and their school. 1st place prizes include a $2,000 donation to a charity of choice, an Adobe Creative Cloud membership and 3 Samsung Galaxy Tablets. Winning works also receive international exposure through multiple online and traditional media coverage.
THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINES ANNUAL ART COMPETITION – STUDENT/BEGINNER DIVISION
The Artist’s Magazine hosts an annual art competition that is open to artists anywhere in the world who work with traditional, two dimensional media. Student or beginner applicants (young artists aged 16 years and older) must have been enrolled in a post-high school art program or have pursued art on their own for no more than 4 years. There are five 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in the Student/Beginner Division. 1st place winners receive $150, 2nd place $75 and 3rd place $50. Winners in this division are also featured in The Artist’s Magazine and receive a 1-year membership to the NorthLight VIP Program, which includes a yearlong subscription to The Artist’s Magazine. There are five categories to enter: ‘Portrait/Figure’, ‘Still Life/Interior’, ‘Landscape’, ‘Abstract/Experimental’ or ‘Animal/Wildlife’. Entry fees range from $15-20.
Climate Action Film Contest
Create a short film to show us how you are taking climate action and win cash prizes, filmmaking software, plus a special screening of your film at the 2016 SF Green Film Festival. From recycling to taking transit to growing a garden, show how you're making it count. Deadline November 6.
CREATE! ART FOR AUTISM
This competition aims to showcase the creative talent of those with autism. The competition is open to people aged 11-25 years old that are formally diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition. There are 5 main categories to enter: 2D Art, 3D Art, Digital Photography, Digital Animation and Poetry. All finalists are invited to the awards ceremony in England as well as presented a £25 Amazon voucher. Highly commended works and winners of the People’s Choice Award receive a £50 Amazon voucher. Overall category winners receive a Kindle Fire HD and their school or organization receives a Create! Artbox. The competition is free to enter.
THE CURE PARKINSON’S TRUST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION – YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS CATEGORY
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust Photography Competition encourages creativity and raises awareness about Parkinson’s disease. The competition is open to everyone, with 5 different categories available: ‘A seasonal Flavour’, ‘Places’, ‘Wildlife and Nature’, ‘People’ and ‘Young Photographers’ for entrants 16 years and younger. Prizes include up to £250 in vouchers. Selected entries are featured on calendars and cards, which are sold to raise funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. There is no entry fee, however, donations are always welcome.
DESIGN-A-BAG COMPETITION – STUDENT GROUP CATEGORY
Have you always wanted to design your own bag with the prospect of having it manufactured and produced? Hosted by Fashion Access trade fair, the Design-A-Bag competition is a great opportunity for applicants to showcase their work in front of prominent people in the fashion industry. Cash prizes of $500 to $1,500 are awarded for outstanding designs across each category. The best overall design receives a four week leather goods pattern making course in Milan, valued at €5,000. This course enables the winner them to design their collection, which is then exhibited at the Fashion Access Fair held in Hong Kong. There are also air tickets to the awards ceremony, held in Hong Kong, to be won. Applicants must submit three illustrations of their design including two different views of the bag and a technical, scaled drawing. Descriptions, swatches and colors must also be included in the submission. The competition is open to all design students and hopeful designers around the world. No entry fee is required.
CelebratingArt seeks to motivate and reward children by having them enter the CelebratingArt contest for the chance to have their work published in a book. Paintings, computer art, sculptures or drawings by any student from grades K-12 in the USA may be entered in the competition. 10 winners from each grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) and their art teachers will share over $5000 in prizes. Winning works will be compiled in a full-color, hardback book that will be available for purchase. All winners win a free copy of the art book.
CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
The Congressional Institute provides educational material on Congress to the public. They sponsor an annual visual arts competition for high school students in hopes of encouraging artistic talent across the United States, in each congressional district. The competition is open to high school students only, in grades 10-12, enrolled in schools in the United States. Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media works, computer-generated art and photographs are accepted for judging. Winning works are exhibited for one year.
DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE
This competition is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and Lawrence Technological University. Graduates from Lawrence Technological University’s Transportation Design and Industrial Design program have a 100% placement in the industry, with offers from large companies such as Ford, VW and Nissan. High school seniors in the United states who are interested in enrolling in these courses straight after high school are encouraged to enter. The creative brief requires applicants to design either a small sport utility vehicle or related products that reflect the traditional aesthetic of the classic Ford Bronco. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizewinners are awarded $52,000, $40,000 and $24,000 scholarships toward their chosen program at Lawrence Technological University.
DOODLE 4 GOOGLE
Doodle 4 Google is a competition designed especially for school children, providing them with a unique opportunity to have their design featured on their country’s Google homepage. The competition runs in many different countries with a changing theme each year. Children must submit their doodle along with an application form and short description of what they have created and why. All submissions are grouped and judged in age groups and are critiqued in terms of artistic merit, creativity, and how well the theme is communicated through the artwork. The winner has their Doodle featured on the Google homepage for 24 hours, as well as some serious prizes for them and for their school. The winner of the 2014 US Google 4 Doodle competition won a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. Google also donated $20,000 to provide improved facilities in 10 other schools in Bangladesh, in honor of the chosen design. To locate the Doodle 4 Google competition for your country, alter the website address so that it has the extension for your country (such as .co.uk or .co.nz). For example, you can locate the following Doodle 4 Google competitions here: US. Doodle 4 Google is free to enter.
THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S PAINTING COMPETITION
The annual International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment was launched in 1991 and has since received over 3 million submissions from children all over the globe. The competition is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer and Nikon. These corporations hope to educate children and bring attention to important environmental matters. Each year, a new theme and sub-theme are announced for the painting competition. A prize of $2,000 and an all-inclusive trip to a UNEP event will be awarded to the 1st place prizewinner. Children are free to use any style of painting or any media they wish to create their entries. The competition is free to enter and is available to children all over the world, aged 6-14 years.
THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST
The Japan Quality Assurance Organization and International Certification Organization Network, in partnership with UNICEF Tokyo, have hosted the International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest since 1999. The competition provides children with an opportunity to think about the environment in an appreciative and sensitive way. Entries must be a hand drawn artwork. All entrants receive a participation prize, with 48 of the top entries receiving special awards. The contest is free to enter for children 7-15 years old from all over the globe.
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (IPA) – NON-PROFESSIONAL, STUDENT CATEGORIES
The annual International Photography Awards (IPA) is open to photographers of any kind, residing in any country across the globe. There is a vast range of categories to enter in and many prizes to be won. The winners of the main categories are invited to attend the Lucie Awards. The grand winner is titled International Photographer of the Year and receives a cash prize of $10,000 provided by AtEdge. Cash prizes of US$5,000 and $2,500 are also awarded to the winners of the non-professional and student categories. 40-50 images from both professional and non-professional entrants will be displayed in an exclusive show in New York. The curated images also travel to other countries to be exhibited in photo festivals and galleries. Entry fees range from $15-$35 depending upon the category entered. All entrants must be 18 years or older.
‘LIVE IT. SKETCH IT. SHARE IT.’ DESIGN COMPETITION I
The Autodesk SketchBook Express app is a sketching and painting software that provides any user with the tools to create professional, quality works of art. The ‘Live it. Sketch it. Share it.’ competition requires entrants to create a drawing using the app based on the theme, ‘My Story’. From abstract art to realistic sketches, applicants are free to interpret the theme as they wish. The competition is open to anyone aged 13-24 worldwide. To enter, download the free Autodesk SketchBook Express app for Android, iOS and desktop, create your design and share it with your friends and family. Six winners will receive a prize pack valued at $2,500, including a Wacom digital design tablet. There are more prizes to be won for finalists and their schools.
The unique Mystery Build competition invites participants to create a work of art using a Mystery Build Kit, without knowing what will be included inside. It combines resourcefulness and puzzle solving with art to showcase creative talent and skill. In addition to the kit, participants may also use liquids such as paint or glue to create their masterpiece. Outstanding entries compete to win over $21,000 in cash prizes. The purchase of a Mystery Build Kit also includes entry to the competition and access to online tutorials and videos. Entries are unlimited and can be made individually or as a team. The competition is open anyone in the USA or Canada.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST
Sponsored by the National Geographic, this annual photography competition is open to legal residents of the United States in grades 9-12. Entrants must submit an original photograph that encompasses what exploration or adventure means to them, along with a short description (100 words or less) explaining this. Each entrant is eligible to submit up to five photographs for judging. The Grand Prize winner has the option of an all-inclusive trip to Paris, London, Prague or San Francisco for a National Geographic Student Expedition Photography Workshop. The value of this prize is estimated to be $7,000. The 2nd and 3rd place prizewinners receive a $250 and $100 gift certificate to the National Geographic online store. Applications are judged on photographic quality (50%), how well the photograph conveys a sense of exploration or adventure (25%) and the quality of the photograph’s description (25%).
NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION
Each year, the National YoungArts Foundation grants up to $10,000 in monetary awards, as well as inviting its winners to take part in master classes and courses with world-renowned artists and professionals. Submissions can be entered into the visual, literary, design or performing arts categories. The competition is held annually and is open to students in the USA, aged 15-18 (or in grades 10-12). International students who are studying in the USA on a student visa are also eligible to apply. Application to YoungArts requires an online submission and audition tape or portfolio. Applications cost $35 per category. Applicants are eligible to submit in more than one discipline or category.
OCEAN AWARENESS STUDENT CONTEST
After her experiences at sea, Linda Cabot wanted to inspire and encourage young people to think carefully about the ocean. In 2011, she began the annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association. The competition invites high school students to investigate a current environmental topic that affects the world’s oceans, such as plastic pollution in oceans. Students can choose to express their findings in art, essay, advocacy or poetry form.
The RotoArt Contest has grown from a small, local competition in New Zealand to an international event with entries from high school students all over the world. The competition is held once every two years and accepts visual art entries on any theme and in any media (excluding photography). 50 finalists are exhibited at the awards ceremony in Hamilton, New Zealand, where the artwork is available for sale, with the proceeds going to the artists. The artworks are also shown in other exhibitions around the country. There are two sections to enter: Section (A) for students that are residents of New Zealand or the Cook Islands and Section (B) for those residing elsewhere in the world. The winner of Section (A) receives NZ $1,000 and a 21 day trip around the USA, while the winner of section (B) travels to New Zealand, with the option of bringing a chaperone. Both winners are hosted by Rotary Clubs in each country.
SAATCHI GALLERY / DEUTSCHE BANK ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS
The annual Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools has no restrictions on what works can be entered. All works, from sculptures to installations to paintings are eligible for submission. Students aged 18 and under from anywhere in the world are invited to take part in this prestigious competition. The winner is awarded £2,000 for themselves and £10,000 for their school’s art department. Two runner-ups also receive £1,000 and £5,000 for their school. 20 shortlisted entries feature in an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. There is no entry fee and entries are submitted online.
SCIENCE WITHOUT BORDERS CHALLENGE
The annual Science Without Borders Challenge invites secondary students to create a media project to raise awareness of the need to preserve, protect and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The theme and requirements of the competition changes each year but remain relevant to conservation of the world’s oceans. In 2013, a 1-5 minute science video addressing ‘How are we all connected to the oceans?’ was required, while in 2014, students were invited to submit two-dimensional artworks on ‘Protect Our Coral Reefs’. The competition is open to secondary school students across the globe, 14 to 19 years of age. A $300 scholarship and iPad Mini are awarded to the 1st place prizewinner and a $250 scholarship prize to the 2nd place prizewinner. Admission is free.
SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards was launched in 1923 and has become the largest source of scholarships for young, creative students in the United States. Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards that have gone on to become icons in their respected fields include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and Stephen King. Students enrolled in schools across the United States and Canada in grades 7 through to 12 can apply. There are a total of 28 art and writing categories to enter. Scholastic partners with over 100 visual and literary arts organisations each year to award students and their schools with over $250,000 in prizes and scholarships. There are opportunities for submitted works to be published in Scholastic publications including the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing, which are distributed to schools and libraries nationwide.
SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2015 – YOUTH AWARD
The Sony World Photography Awards is free to enter and open to anyone aged 19 and under. Entrants are invited to submit photographs into one of 3 categories: culture, environment and/or portraits. The winning images will be displayed in a photography exhibition in London as well as the ‘Winners’ Book’. Winners also receive exposure on the World Photography Organisation website, global media attention for their work and DSLR photography equipment from Sony. The overall winner receives the title of ‘Sony World Photography Awards, Youth Award Winner’ and also wins flights to London, accommodation for two nights as well as VIP tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony.
TEEN PHOTO INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The annual Teen Photo International Photography competition is hosted by TeenagePhotographer.com. The funds raised from the contest go towards ‘Rehabilitation through Photography’, a non-profit organization that teaches photography to those with various needs and disabilities. Applicants may enter Division I (16 year olds and under) or Division II (17-22 year olds). A prize pack including $750 and photography equipment is awarded to one grand prizewinner. There are many other awards for each division to be won.
UNITED NATIONS COMPETITIONS
The United Nations wants to get ordinary citizens to showcase their creativity by getting involved in fun and exciting challenges. Competitions about various themes are frequently organized throughout the year, from crystal growing to short films on healthy nutrition to political cartoon drawing contests. Each challenge raises awareness about a particular topic and brings creativity to real-world situations. Most challenges require no entry fee, and with monetary prizes of up to $10,000 awarded.
The View Award looks to honor talented animators around the world. With no thematic guidelines or brief to follow, the competition allows entrants the freedom to submit animated works of any kind. A €2.000,00 prize is awarded to first place winners in the ‘Best Short’, ‘Best Design’, ‘Best Character’ and ‘Best Visual Effects’ categories. The competition is open to both professionals and non-professional animators and both individual and group projects are welcome. Entries must have been completed within 2 years of the competition closing date and must be no longer than 30 minutes.