Danube Art Master 2018

Find out how you can enter this 14-country art extravaganza uniting young people across the Danube Basin. We're challenging you to create a riverside artwork from materials found by the river or a 1-minute video that expresses why rivers are important to you. You could be crowned Art Master for your country and win a great prize! National winners will be invited to take part in the international round of the competition later in 2018.

This year's theme is Get active for a healthy Danube! 
There may still be time for you, your school or club to take part, so read on to get involved. 

Simply download the competition factsheet or visit the website of co-organisers, Global Water Partnership, to read about the competition in your country and access the fact sheet in national languages. You can also catch up on the latest competition news on facebook. If you need more inspiration, see the gallery and video below, showcasing over 10 years of 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

  • International winner in the 2017 Danube Art Master contest from Bosnia-Herzegovina!
  • First, second and third in Germany's Danube Art Master contest at Schloss Grünau.
  • 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.
  • Entry in Slovenia's 2017 Danube Art Master contest.
  • Getting creative in Slovenia's Art Master contest: students from Domžale working on their artwork 'Our river is clean and safe'.
  • 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
  • Winner of Serbia's Danube Art Master 2017 contest.
  • Winning entry in Romania's 2017 Danube Art Master: 'Magnetism - The Waters’ Spirit' by pupils from Galați
  • Svishtov students in Bulgaria's Danube Art Master 2017.
  • 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!'
  • Danube Art Master 2017 in Ukraine: 'A Mountain River as an Artist Sees It' by girls from School № 286 in Kyiv.
  • Slovenia's 2016 national Danube Art Master winner: Crayfish by pupils from Bistrica pri Primary
  • Prize-giving at Slovenia's 2016 national Danube Art Master contest.
  • 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
  • Slovenia's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: The knot of friendship and cooperation
  • Bosnia-Herzegivinia's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Cap collecting robot
  • Bulgaria's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Future inhabitants of the Earth
  • Romania's 2014 Danube Art Master winner: Happiness is in small things
  • Ukraine's 2014 joint Danube Art Master winner: Its in our hands
  • Croatia wins the 2013 International Danube Art Masters competition: Lora Petak and Vinko Kovacic collect their prize from Hungary's President, János Áder, at the Global Water Summit
  • Overall 2013 international winner: 'Danube People' by Lora Petak and Vinko Kovacic from Croatia
  • 'The Danube Waltz' placed 1st in Bosnia-Herzegovina's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'From Coast to Coast', placed 1st in Bulgaria's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'Fish', placed 1st in the Czech Republic's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Winning artwork in Germany's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'If my water is clean, my sturgeon can swim', placed 1st in Hungary's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'River harbour', placed 1st in Moldova's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'Heart for the Danube' placed 1st in Slovakia's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Oberwaltersdorf students were placed 3rd in Austria's 2013 Danube Art Master contest
  • Steinbergdorfl students creating their 2013 masterpiece for Austria's Danube Art Master contest
  • 'Fish from Waste' placed 5th in Bosnia-Herzegovina'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
  • 'High Five for the Danube and all its life', placed 2nd in Croatia's 2013 Danube Art Master
  • Brno students were placed 7th in the 2013 Czech Danube Art Master competition
  • Entry into Germany'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
  • 'Waterlife', placed 9th in Moldova's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'Too soon defeated', placed 3rd in Romania's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • 'The Fish', placed second in Serbia's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • Winning 2013 Slovak Danube Art Masters from Komarno
  • Proud boat builders in Slovenia's 2013 Danube Art Master competition
  • United for the Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Czech 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 Serbian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Moldovan Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Serbian 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 Slovenian 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 Czech Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Ukrainian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Ukrainian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Ukrainian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Ukrainian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Danube Art Master contest in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Entry in the 2012 Bulgarian 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 German Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Croatian Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Czech Danube Art Master contest
  • Entry in the 2012 Bulgarian Danube Art Master contest
  • Second International winner in the 2017 Danube Art Master contest from Hungary
  • Third International winner in the 2017 Danube Art Master contest from Croatia

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