Children & Youth

Art Competitions

2011 YUNGA International Drawing Competition


The 2011 YUNGA International Drawing Competition was on the theme of Forests. The competition is linked to the 2011 International Year of Forests. The drawing had to reflect issues concerning forests and why they are important to our world.

The competition was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and was held as a part of a youth education initiative intended to enhance awareness on the importance of forests among children and young people and to provide them with knowledge that can help them to become active agents of change in our society.

For more information on result of the competition visit the Green Wave website.

Young Hands Together for Diversity: 2010 Art Competition Results

Young Hands Together for Diversity is a learning and activity programme on biodiversity being prepared for participants in The Green Wave and other youth initiatives. Its first activity was an art contest.

The winning entry was used for the design of a challenge badge – a special badge to be awarded to young people who complete a number of challenges set out in the programme. Other entries are used for illustrations in a booklet, posters and other information materials, for example on the 2011 IDB Forest booklet.

The theme of the competition was “biodiversity” – what it means to young people around the world. Artwork explored the amazing variety of life on the planet, the richness of ecosystems, the reasons why biodiversity is being lost, or the things people are doing to protect biodiversity.

Entries were invited from children and young people in three age categories: 6-10 years, 11-15 years and 16-20 years. There is an overall winner, as well as winners and runners-up for each of the age categories. For more information on result of the competition visit the Green Wave website.

2007 Art Competition Results

In 2007, the Secretariat launched its first ever art competition for children and youth. As it was a pilot project, the competition was limited to the Montreal area schools, in Canada, home of the Secretariat of the CBD. The theme of the competition was "Biodiversity and Climate Change", coinciding with last year's theme for the celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May.

Montreal students responded to the challenge with tremendous enthusiasm. Who could have imagined that a plain white sheet of paper could be transformed into a work of art which eloquently depicts how the changing climate is affecting the diversity of life on Earth. There is no denying that today’s youth are the future stewards of biodiversity. The entire staff of the Secretariat was invited to assist in the judging of the art works, and three winners per category were selected. View the winners and finalists.

With over 200 works of art received, the Secretariat is eager to support more art competitions in other parts of the world. We hope children and youth everywhere will share with us their creative visions of the diversity of life on Earth. Keep visiting our site for updates!