Danube Art Master 2018

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), the competition encourages children to have a closer look at their local rivers and reflect on what the environment means to them. Children from all schools, NGOs, 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 united thousands of children from across the Danube River Basin since 2004.

Competition Details

Participants should be between 6 and 18 years old, 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 will has two levels: national and international. After being selected at national level, the national winner(s) will then compete at international level. The participants are encouraged to check the submission deadline with their national organiser.

 There are two categories: artwork and a short video, which should reflect this year’s theme "Get active for a healthier Danube!”.


Children should go to a river bank, ideally the Danube or a Danube tributary and create environmental art using the materials found by the river. After creating the artwork, the children or the teacher should take a colour photo of the art and send it to national organiser. The minimum size of the digital photos is 150 DPI. Drawings and paintings will not be accepted.


The contestants are asked to create a 1-minute video, which should carry a strong message in the frame of the competition theme. The videos should be no longer than 1 minute, recorded by phone or camera, and should not be animation. The videos should be sent to the national organizer.

 Winner selection

At national level, the artworks and videos will be judged by the national organisers. National prizes vary from country to country, and participants are encouraged to contact their country’s organiser for details. At international level, the national winners’ artworks and videos will be judged by an international jury, which is composed of the national representatives of all IPCDR countries (one per country). For the judging, text or other hints on the national origin of the artwork will be blanked out to allow a neutral assessment. The judges’ decision is final. The creator(s) of the best international artwork will be crowned ‘Danube Art Master’ and will be rewarded with a motivating prize such as a professional camera and other water-related treats. The international winner(s) will be notified by e-mail.

There will be a special prize for the Most Liked artwork and video on Danube Art Master’s official Facebook page. Only the artworks and videos submitted officially by the national organisers can compete for the Most Liked prize. The prizes can neither be exchanged nor their value paid out in cash.

 For more information, see www.danubeday.org or contact Gergana Majercakova, GWP CEE Secretariat, at gergana.majercakova@gwpcee.org