Since 2011, Danube Art Master has strived for thousands of children in the Danube river basin to go out and explore the second longest river in Europe, with its unique habitats and globally important species of flora and fauna, including the White pelican and Beluga sturgeon.
For 12 years, the youth have been creating breathtaking artworks, inspired by the nature, which took many different shapes, from clothing, to structures, all the way to dance performances and much more. The creativity of youth is truly endless and in fact imperative as the competition is very high each year.
The main idea behind the Danube Art Master competition is for the youth to discover the Danube in all of its shapes and forms. This helps the younger generations to better understand the imporatnce of protection and preservation of this imporatnt life force which supports more than 83 million people.
Danube Art Master is open to youth aged 6 to 18 from schools, NGOs, day care centres or associations in the Danube river basin to create their own environmental art, inspired by the Danube and its tributaries. The competition comprises two phases: National and International. The former is carried out in each country and national winners then compete in the International Phase to become the next Danube Art Master.
The categories in which the youth can compete are being updated anually, based on the past experience. The current categories are: Artwork, Photography and Video.
Additionally to the International Phase, the National Phase winners are automatically included in the Danube Art Master Online Competition on the Danube Art Master Facebook page. This gives the people a chance to choose their own winner.
Every year, this ambitious 14-country competition is jointly organized by the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), supported by the National Organizers within the eligible countries, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
By entering the competition, the youth not only have a great time making their artwork but were also motivated to consider the future of the rivers and the people and wildife that relys on them.