For this year’s UNICEF Visual Arts Competition, students from Nord Anglia Education (NAE) schools were asked to reflect on which aspect of Climate Change was most important to them and depict this artistically, taking inspiration from the UNICEF Sustainable Development Goals 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land).
A guest judge from UNICEF looked at the final shortlist of artworks and chose one winning piece and one runner up for each age category, from more than 100 submissions! Visit the digital exhibition here.
Age Category: 14-18
Category Winner: Fanghai, 16, Windermere Preparatory School (IMAGE ABOVE)
"Earth is placed in a steamer while a hand is pouring hot water on it. Earth symbolizes food in mankind's eyes, which mankind can utilize at will. Humans directly cause it to heat up, ultimately leading to global warming. I hope this can intuitively show the need for changes."
Category Runner Up: Ziyi, 17, College Alpin Beau Soleil
"I tried to use resin to make the plants and berries of our daily life into ice cubes and made two semi-circular shells with wax. In order to make them look like eggshells, I processed the texture on the outside of the shell. I put a wick in the shell so we can light it."
"I also put a small light bulb between the cubes so that they can glow. When we light the shell, the wax will melt naturally, which symbolizes the rise in temperatures that threatens our environment. The process happens in a quiet, gentle way, and it is not intense, so it's hard for people to notice that the flame is approaching the ice cubes and is about to melt our daily life."
Age Category: 11-14
Category Winner: Gabriela, 13, Nord Anglia International School Dubai
"Global warming continues to increase climate related disasters around the world, contributing to children’s suffering in many ways. These environmental effects are challenging the success of UNCRC’s efforts to provide a safer, more equitable world for all children to grow up in.
Category Runner Up: Sofie, 12, Nord Anglia International School New York
"My piece was inspired by the film ‘Planet Blue’ and the impact that fast fashion is having on the world. I identified how it can impact children and current climate issues."
"My piece includes key climate change causes: non-reusable masks, oil spills, fast fashion, fabric dyes, and plastic bottles."
Special Commendation for Whole School Engagement: All Middle School Art Students, Windermere Preparatory School
"The plastic bottle coral reef installation addresses the wide scale rapid loss of coral reefs and sea life due to warming of sea temperatures and ocean pollution. With collecting help from all WPS Middle School students, the art students used 4,200 plastic bottles to create the art installation made entirely of plastic from those bottles. This was led and supported by teacher Damon Boardman. More here."
Age Category: 8-11
Category Winner: Mai, 9, British Vietnamese International School, Ho Chi Minh City
"I painted this with the meaning that if adults do something the children will copy. I drew an adult planting a tree and the child copying, helping her mother plant the tree."
"But the opposite side shows that if an adult cuts trees and plants down, she will make her child damage the environment. The future of the earth lies in the hands of humans."
Category Runner Up: Kshama, 9, Oakridge International School, Gachibowli
"I have made an abstract artwork inspired by the work of Monet as his artworks are colorful and close to nature. My artwork shows an abstract version of our earth in a melting stage."
"I wanted to show how we can reverse global warming. From my artwork I wanted to highlight the need to make small changes to make a bigger impact."
Special Commendation: Ayla, 8, British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park
"I drew an hour glass to show that time is running out to stop climate change. I drew a city at the top and the pollution dripping down and affecting the Arctic. I love polar bears and I want to save them."
Age Category: Under 8s
category winner: Victoria, 6, British International School of Chicago, Lincoln ParK
"I wanted to show how global warming is bad for animal habitats. I drew a picture of the bush fires in Australia to show how they have been harmful to kangaroos."
Category Runner Up: Cléophée, 7, Nord Anglia International School, Dubai
"The Earth is on fire and sick with the fever because of our selfishness. There is less blue because the oceans are too hot now and less green because we cut trees and create pollution. The Earth is crying as her pandemic is because nobody takes care of her."