Eco-Art Competition 2022

Calling all artists ages 5-22. Use your creativity to help sustain our world!

*Submissions received must be in English

*Due to U.S. regulations, cash prizes designated to go to artists outside of the United State are subject to review and may not be eligible for award.

EarthX 2022 Inspire Through Eco-Art Competition: Plant the Seed
Rules and Guidelines

Competition Overview

Young artists, ages 5-22, will create a piece of art, either 2-D or 3-D, that illustrates the message of the theme: Plant the Seed.  Contestants can use any medium or combination of media if the work meets the size requirements designated in the Official Rules. 

The goals of the competition are twofold. The first goal gives youth a voice about how they view the environmental issues in the world in which they live, whether from a local or global perspective. The second goal gives youth, through the creation of their work, the ability to raise awareness about the environmental issues important to them and move others to take action. 

The artwork must address this year’s theme of Plant the Seed. The subject matter can center around different aspects of this theme. It could focus on the benefits of creating a rain garden to protect a watershed, a community garden to support an urban area, or regenerative farming to improve both water quality and climate change. One could also apply the theme to the planting of a tree to combat the effects of deforestation, increase CO2 capture or habitat security for wildlife. The idea that planting seeds for a garden promotes the health of pollinator populations could also fit into this concept. The theme could also be interpreted more figuratively to imply that like planting a seed, taking an action in connection to any environmental problem can grow into sustainable solutions. These are just a few ideas and should in no way limit the artist as to how the theme can be interpreted.

First and Second Place cash prizes will be awarded in four divisions:

  • Division 1-Ages 5-9
  • Division 2- Ages 10-13
  • Division 3-Ages 14-18
  • Division 4-Ages 19-22
  • An Honorable Mention will also be recognized, but without a cash prize attached. At the sole discretion of EarthX, Divisions and Categories may be adjusted depending upon the number and types of artwork submitted for judging. 

Official Rules and Submission Details 

  1. Conditions of Entry 

By submitting an Entry in this Project, each Entrant warrants and represents that the Entrant owns all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Competition and is the sole work of the Entrant. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold EarthX and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, The Project Indemnities), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorney’s fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of The Project Indemnities due to or arising out of the Entrant’s Entry materials in this Project, or the Entrants conduct during and in connection with the Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless EarthX from all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of EarthX infringes on the rights of Entrant's work as contained in any Entry. 

  1. Eligibility Requirements 

Anyone aged 5-22 at the time of entry is eligible. Division placement will be determined by the age of the entrant at the time of submission. The following are not eligible for juried cash prizes: employees, contractors, consultants, directors and officers of EarthX, their affiliated companies, distributors, web design, advertising, fulfillment, judging and Project agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment and execution of this Project and the immediate family members of each (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse or "step" of each) and those living in their same households (those persons whether related or not who live in the same residence for at least three months during the twelve-month period preceding the start date of the Project). Outside of the United States, residency requirements may vary. Void where prohibited. 

  1. Basic Requirements of the Project 
  • Artwork can be either 2-D or 3-D and use any medium or combination of media and must relate to the theme of the Competition: Plant the Seed. 
  • 2-D Pieces-Size must be no more than 20” X 30”, excluding frame.* (It is recommended that artwork be at least 8.5” X 11.5”.) 
  • 3-D Pieces-Size must be no more than 24” X 24” X 48” with a maximum weight of 20 pounds. 

*2-D entries should not be matted or framed. For Entries chosen as Finalists, the Entrant gives permission for EarthX to mat the Entry for display in an exhibition during Earth Week April 18-24, 2022, Dallas,Texas. (Dates and location to be confirmed.)

  • An Impact Essay of no more than 300 words is required.** The purpose of this essay is to describe how the artistic representation embodies the theme of the Competition: Plant the Seed. It will be used in the judging process to aid in the understanding of the Entry. The answers to the following questions should be included in the essay: 

Division 1 

  1. How does your work express your ideas about the theme: Plant the Seed
  2. Why is this idea important to you? 
  3. What do you hope will happen when people see your work? 

Divisions 2, 3 and 4 

  1. Describe how the environmental element(s) displayed in your work relate to the theme: Plant the Seed.
  2. Why is this environmental element/issue important to you? 
  3. What artistic elements/media did you use to communicate your message? 
  4. How do you see this Entry affecting those who view it? 

**Adult assistance can be used in the writing of this essay, but the thoughts should be original to the Entrant. 

  • Each art Entry should bear a title. Suggested title length should be no more than 8 words. It should not include the word EarthX. 
  1. Entry Requirements 

Online entry can be found at https://earthx.org/education/art-competition/. In addition to the information requested on the entry form, artists will attach appropriate image(s) of their work and an Impact Essay by which their work will be judged. The completed entry form, image(s) and Impact Essay must be included in the online entry for it to be approved. 

FORMATS:

IMAGES: .jpeg

2-D Art:  1 image

3-D Art:  4 images (1 front, 1 back, 1 of each side)

IMPACT ESSAY: .pdf

  1. Additional Requirements 
  • To be complete, all applications must be in English and include the following: Entry Title, Submitter’s Name, Submitters Age, Grade, Mailing Address as well as Email Address.  If under the age of 18, application must include Parent or Legal Guardians’ Name, Email and Signature of Permission for Entry. All of these elements must be valid or any prizes may be forfeited. Primary email address must be correct in order to receive confirmation of submission and other notifications. It is highly recommended that entrants make every effort to ensure the earthx.org email is not identified as spam. Additional information such as a contact phone # may also be requested. 
  • All Entries must have a Title listed on the Entry Form. The word “EarthX” should not occur in the title. Original titles that evoke the message of the artwork are recommended. Best titles are less than 8 words in total.
  • All Entries should have the dimensions of the work listed. 
  • All Entries must be downloadable to be accepted.
  • All Entries must not be posted on the internet until after April 22, 2022 except by EarthX or its representatives unless Entrant is specifically authorized to do so. 
  • All Entries must not be entered in another art contest during this Competition. 
  • Only one entry per contestant. 
  • The submission should not have been entered in a previous EarthX Inspire Through Eco-Art Contest. 
  1. Entry Deadlines 

An Entry will only be considered for judging that has been submitted with a complete Entry Form by the designated deadline. 

Submissions Window Opens: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Submissions Window Closes: Monday, January 24, 2022
Finalists Announced: Wednesday, February 16, 2022*
Finalist Artwork Delivered to EarthX no later than: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Winners Announced:  Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2022. 

*All Finalists will have their Entry exhibited in the Dallas, Texas area, near the time of Earth Day, conditions permitting. It will be the responsibility of the Finalist to send their Entry at their cost to the designated location by the date/time listed in the Finalist Announcement. EarthX will not be responsible for any damage that may occur in transport. 

Finalist Entries can be retrieved at the end of the exhibition by the owner at their expense. Any Entry not retrieved by Monday, May 2, 2022, may be donated to other entities. It is not the responsibility of EarthX to return artwork to the Entrant, however, if a self-addressed envelope with a pre-paid mailing label is included, EarthX designees can send the work back to the artist. 

IMPORTANT: Finalists may be required to provide a short video with a discussion of information requested by the judges. This will aid the judges as they select the First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention winners. Finalists will be given details of how to record and upload this video in the Finalist email notification they receive. If a person cannot provide this in English, they will need to contact the EarthX staff member listed in the email for an alternative method. If the required information is not received by the date listed in the email, the artwork will not be able to be considered for judging as a possible winner.

  1. Confirmation of Entry 

Each Entrant will receive a Confirmation of Entry once the submission has been received and the submitted Entry has been properly uploaded. If the link to the Entry does not work properly, the Entry will not be accepted and you will not receive a confirmation. Be sure the email you provide on the application is correct. If you believe you have submitted your completed Entry and have not received a confirmation of submission within 24 hours of submission, it is the responsibility of the Entrant to send an email to edu@Earthx.org to determine the status of the entry. Write “Art Contest Submission” in the Subject Line and give a detailed description of the submission. The submission will then be reviewed for final acceptance and the Entrant will receive another email notifying them of the results. (If artwork is submitted on January 24, 2022, the last date for this request to be received and reviewed by EarthX is Thursday,  January 27, 2022 @ 5:00 PM CST. )

Once an entry has been successfully uploaded, it will then be reviewed for approval. Once approved, a second email will be sent notifying the artist of its approval. If the Entrant does not receive this notification regarding the artwork within 72 hours, an email requesting confirmation of approval should be sent to EarthX at edu@earthx.org with the Subject Line reading “Art Contest.” All artwork must be approved to be part of the contest.

  1. Artist Agreement 

Entrants will be required to agree to the Official Rules. If under the legal age of majority in their state or country of residence, the Entrant’s parent or legal guardian must agree on their behalf. 

By submitting, The Entrant agrees to these Official Rules, which sets forth the rights of Entrant and EarthX with respect to the use of Entries by EarthX. Entries that do not include all required information and adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered for prizes in this Project.

  1. Entry Costs 

All costs associated with the production for the Entry are solely the responsibility of the Entrant

All Finalists will be required to send their Entry at their cost to the designated location by the date/time listed in the Finalist Announcement and to retrieve it at the end of the exhibition by the date/time communicated in that announcement. If desired, the Entrant can include a pre-paid return mailing label and self-addressed envelope and EarthX designees can then return the artwork at the end of the exhibit. Any submission not retrieved by May 2, 2022, may be donated to another entity. 

  1. Designated Artist 

If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on an Entry, they are required to designate one (1) person as the agent of the group to enter the Project. The oldest student in the group will be the designated agent and this person’s age will determine the Division under which the work will be judged. This person will be the primary contact for the group.

 All group members must agree to these Official Rules and to have the designated person accept any prize on behalf of the group. EarthX is not liable for any disputes between collaborators arising out of or related to the Project. 

  1. Selection of Winners 

The Finalists, including the First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention winners will be selected by a panel of judges agreed upon by EarthX staff. The decisions of EarthX with input from the judges will be final. Entrants agree that EarthX has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from the Project and that all decisions of EarthX are at its sole discretion and final. 

Entries will be judged by a process in which qualified panel(s) of judges will evaluate the eligible Entries along with information from the Impact Essay based on the following judging criteria:
● Artistic Merit (e.g., aesthetic value, use of artistic elements)
● Adherence to the Theme (communication of theme- Plant the Seed)

  • Creative Interpretation (unique perspective of the theme -Plant the Seed)
  • Impact (capacity to inspire viewers to take environmental action) 

In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken at the discretion of EarthX. Entrants agree that EarthX has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from the Project and that all decisions of EarthX are at its sole discretion and final. 

Prize recipients from the United States who win cash prizes will be asked to provide a W-9 and will be responsible for any taxes associated with the prizes. If a student who wins a cash prize but does not provide a W-9, they will still be recognized as a winner but will not receive their prize money. Entrants who earn a cash prize and live in a foreign country may be asked to submit an alternate method for payment. Winners from countries under sanctions of the United States at the time of the awarding of cash prizes may be recognized in an alternate manner if cash cannot be given. EarthX reserves the right not to award all prizes in all categories. 

  1. Winners 

Winners will be announced on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2022 on the EarthX Eco-Art Competition website. Images of Finalists and Winners’ Entries may be posted online at www.EarthX.org, and across EarthX’s social media platforms. Winners and Finalists will not post their artwork on the internet until after April 22, 2022.

Cash Prizes- 

  • Div I (Ages 5-9)-1st Place-$250; 2nd Place-$125 
  • Div II (Ages 10-13)-1st Place-$500; 2nd Place-$250 
  • Div III (Ages 14-18)-1st Place-$1000; 2nd Place-$500 
  • Div IV (Ages 19-22)-1st Place-$1500; 2nd Place-$1000 
  1. General Conditions 

By participating, Entrant agrees to these Official Rules. These official rules will be governed and interpreted according to the laws of the state of Texas without regard to its conflict of laws rules. 

  1. Limitations of Liability and Release 

No liability or responsibility is assumed by EarthX resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the Project or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Project. No responsibility or liability is assumed by EarthX for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Entry or the Project: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the web site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the web site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Project, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of The Project, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with The Project. EarthX is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the web site or social media sites maintained by EarthX. Use of web site and EarthX social media sites is at user's own risk. EarthX is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in The Project, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the web site. By participating in the Project, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold EarthX harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant's participation in the Project. 

  1. Questions 

Questions about the art contest can be addressed to edu@earthx.org . Write “Art Contest” in the Subject Line. 

  1. Project Organizer
    Earth Day Texas DBA, EarthX, 4311 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 325, Dallas, TX 75219 

EarthX reserves the right to amend these rules anytime during the Competition.