DigitalArt4Climate 2021 / COP26 art competition

When: 12.08 - 28.10.2021 Where: virtual
Who: artists of all ages
Welcome to the DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition!

The DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition, organized by IAAI GloCha in collaboration with the UN-Habitat youth programme wants to inspire and promote climate action through the power of culture and technology and empower the uptake of digital innovation by the creative community in an accessible and meaningful way.

That is why we are inviting digital and traditional artists from all over the world and of different ages to apply to the DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition (with the focus on youth), and to win a total of 3000 € in prizes for public voting winners (1 overall winner 1500 €, 500 € for the sub-theme winners), and exhibit in Glasgow in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26).

Regardless of whether you are NFT-savvy, or about to undertake your journey in crypto art space, we are inviting everyone to become a part of our first Competition for climate change-related art and explore the extraordinary potential of the eco-friendly proof-of stake based blockchain technology.

All you have to do is to visit the official Submission page, agree on the Art Competition’s Terms and Conditions and to share your creation with us using your favorite medium.

Watch out for #DigitalArt4Climate hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see what everyone is submitting! Tag your artists-friends so they can join you on climate-change action. Join our Discord and introduce yourself!

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The Themes
We welcome you to submit a creation that embodies your personal interpretation of the ’humanity challenged by climate change’ theme and to reimagine the impact creators can have on the world and on healing of our Mother Earth.

In terms of visual storytelling we are envisioning 3 sub-themes:

  • Storm: visual interpretations of the uncertainties and fears that people around the world are experiencing in a rapidly changing world - understanding the threat
  • Haven: people/communities joining hands towards mitigation of climate change and creating resilience capacity
  • Angel: the individual global citizen as the center of a value and cultural shift towards empathy, solidarity and building an individual climate action legacy (i.a. with the use of new-gen technology).

These are just a few ideas and should in no way limit the artist into how the theme can be represented.

DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition reflects the new time in which the next generation of creators stand to address the climate crisis, while benefiting from a technology, amplifying and monetizing their work. The DigitalArt4Climate COP26 exhibition will represent the first important steps of the young disruptive thinkers in the space full of possibilities which is the NFT world.
The Opportunity
With the DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition we aim to identify up to 25 artworks for our DigitalArt4Climate COP26 collection, which will be exclusively showcased at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, UK on the 11th of November 2021.

The DigitalArt4Climate COP26 collection artwork will be minted as NFT and included in different forms of resource mobilization (sponsorship packages, auctions, partnerships with galleries, NFT marketplace) for climate action empowerment flagship initiatives of the DigitalArt4Climate organizers (COP26 ACE pavilion, World Environment Situation Room youth engagement programme, DigitalArt4Climate / Action for Climate Empowerment marketplace development).

The selected Artworks which enter the public voting of the Art Competition and the COP26 collection will automatically enter the auction (the details to be confirmed) and will receive a share of 15 % of the net revenues or gross proceeds from the auction (NFT sales) on the primary market. These 15% from the sale of NFTs must be claimed by the artists within 14 (fourteen) days from the time the notification of the results of the auction was sent. Artists must provide sufficient information and/or tax forms to receive the monetary award.

DigitalArt4Climate will promote the winning Artists’ names. Any remaining proceeds will benefit youth climate action projects as well as global technical and institutional Action for Climate Empowerment support infrastructure development, including World Environment Situation Room Youth engagement programme. Creative direction may be provided to the Artist for final release on the website and the DigitalArt4Climate public voting.

Artists whose artwork will be shortlisted for the Art Competition by the curators, but who do not make it into the initial DigitalArt4Climate COP26 collection, will nevertheless have the opportunity to have prime-access to the DigitalArt4Climate NFT marketplace platform during its first months live.
Art Competition Goals
  • Identifying and showcasing visual art that inspires climate action and give creators of all ages and backgrounds a voice about how they view the environmental issues in the world in which they live, whether local or global
  • Creating new resource mobilization mechanisms in support of global and local (youth) climate action empowerment with the power of blockchain technology and NFTs.
The Curation Process
All applications must be sent through the official Submission form from 12th August 2021 at 8 pm CET until the 28 of October 2021 (extended) in order for the application to the Art Competition to be received as valid. Each submission will be scored based on its representation of the theme, originality, and artistic merit and skills. We are excited to announce that the DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition will be curated by a panel of internal and external judges from creative industries from all over the world.

The Art Competition will travel in Milan, Italy in for the virtual and physical event, in the context of the Pre-COP Youth event of the Italian co-presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in order to introduce it to a bigger audience.

On 1st of November at 8 pm CET starts a 1 week long public voting for the selected 25 pieces of the COP26 collection in order to choose 4 winners.

On the 11th of November 2021 will happen the winners celebration complemented by the exhibition in the context of the United Nations Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow, UK and accompanied by satellite events and resource mobilization campaigns, led by local communities and youth groups in different places around the globe.
Why to apply for the DigitalArt4Climate?
  • Helping the world to master the climate crisis with the power of your creativity 
  • Participating in an experiment of creative economy for sustainable development, which on the one hand helps global community to achieve climate goals and on the other hands channels a fair share of the revenues to the creators  

The DigitalArt4Climate’s features include – based on its use of the Unique Network NFT platform -  full proof-of-stake (PoS) infrastructure with Polkadot and Kusama (a sustainable blockchain and approach to NFTs), decentralized media storage, credit-card & crypto payments, automatic collaborator splits and payments on primary and secondary markets, customizable royalties, and the ability to create positive impact and undertake the climate change action.
What formats are eligible for the DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition?
The DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition is calling for:

  • two and three-dimensional (and/or animated) artwork inspired by the theme ‘humanity challenged by climate change
  • work that displays a deep awareness and understanding of the subject matter
  • work that reflects a personal, original, and creative response
  • work that displays a high level of technical art skill
  • work that showcases interesting approaches and emerging new talent

DigitalArt4Climate Consortium will select works for the public voting and UNs Climate Change Conference COP26 exhibition from online only.

The Artwork Requirements
The DigitalArt4Climate Consortium is particularly keen to encourage the artists with fresh visions from all over the world to submit work to the exhibition that shows imagination, artistic ability, originality, genuine creativity and commitment to a low environmental footprint.

  • The medium can be digital, motion and handmade
  • Art done with the traditional media must be digitalised
  • File uploaded (images, 2D, 3D, audio, video etc) to the Submission form must not exceed 60 Mb and be of the recommended resolution - 300 dpi
  • Artists may only submit work that is their own: it has to be 100% original and not minted as an NFT elsewhere
  • All work must be for sale and available to be minted as NFT
  • Copyright or Intellectual Property not to be used. The artists retain sole and exclusive title and ownership of the submissions, and Intellectual Property Rights for their submissions.
  • Maximum of 3 works submitted, maximum of 1 work selected for the artist by the Consortium
  • Works that are not titled and cropped accordingly will not be accepted for the Art Competition
  • Each entry must include Artist’s Bio, Artist’s Statement, Social Media Handles, valid Email Address, Location and Title for the Artwork
  • The artists under 18 years of age at the time of submission must have a legal age representative
  • By submitting the art, the artists agree on Art Competition’s Terms and Conditions
  • The pre-selection will be judged anonymously by the DigitalArt4Climate Consortium. Please note that the selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback
  • The Winners selection will happen by the public voting. Please note that the public voting decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback

Should you encounter any issues, please contact us at
How to Enter
The DigitalArt4Climate Exhibition Submissions will be live from the 12th of August, 8 pm CET, and officially end on October 28, 12 pm CET (extended). To be eligible for selection, you must submit the original artwork and complete the following tasks:

  1. Complete your Submission Form by agreeing on the Art Competition’s Terms and Conditions
  2. Share your creation on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #DigitalArt4Climate so everyone can see your creations!
  3. Tag other fellow artists to give them the chance to join the Art Competition
  4. If you have not joined the Discord server, come say Hello and share us your work in progress
  5. Check on the 1st of November, from 10 pm CET, to see if your work has been selected for the final stage of Art Competition (public voting).
The Prizes
We believe in giving back to the DigitalArt4Climate community. In addition to early access to the climate change related NFT platform, you are invited to win a total of 3000 € in prizes for public voting winners (1 overall winner 1500 €, 500 € for the 3 sub-theme winners) and exhibit in Glasgow in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26).
When are we announcing our DigitalArt4Climate Competition Winners?
The Winner will be notified via email by 19th of November, 2021. Please be on the lookout for an email from and check your spam folder as well in case the email ends up there for some reason.
What is the DigitalArt4Climate initiative?
The DigitalArt4Climate is an unprecedented multi-stakeholder partnership initiative which uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets, also known as NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization in support of Sustainable Development Goals and UN Agenda 2030 implementation in general and action for climate empowerment in particular.

DigitalArt4Climate is focused on inspiring creativity and positive social impact and provides the next-gen Web3 tools to empower the community to create, collaborate, and connect with one another in the digital space.

If you are curious, motivated, skilled, and eager to be challenged to solve problems concerning sustainability, this is the perfect place for you. We are looking forward to receiving your climate-related creation!
If I buy the artwork from the DigitalArt4Climate COP26 collection, do I acquire the full ownership and unrestricted rights to commercial use for the NFTs?
You obtain the ownership of the NFT Works, but any copyright, trademark right or any other intellectual property right of the NFT Works remains owned by the artists. For instance, providing the the NFT Works (such as its screenshots) to others beyond the scope of private use, or using them for commercial purposes (e.g., using them for merchandises such as bags, T-shirts, or smart phone cases, publishing them in books, or posting them on e-commerce sites or corporate websites) falls under the infringement of the said intellectual property rights and is not allowed.

Check more in "Terms and conditions" which will be provided with each Token once the auctions will start on the future DigitalArt4Climate NFT platform (aprox May 2022 - extended).
Why do you find important creating NFTs?
In DigitalArt4Climate we find NFTs to have a transformative potential to make significant, positive change for digital and traditional artists and our Mother Earth. We are excited to create a long-lasting authentic opportunity to showcase the work of artists from all sorts of backgrounds and ages. We love the idea of crypto-powered art world to ensure the ongoing artist compensation, the democratization of collecting, protection of artists' and collectors' interests. Each selected art work by DigitalArt4Climate will be authentically tokenized as a crypto-collectible digital item.

DigitalArt4Climate NFTs on climate change actions will be available to be owned and traded and will have a transparent record of ownership. Amazing choice if you are looking for a fair investment!
Can the youth take part in DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition?
Absolutely! The beautiful thing about art is that every work is a fascinating expression of its creator’s view of the world around them. Young adults see the world in unique ways that others may not. We would love to hear the voice of artists of different ages and coming from diverse backgrounds. Let’s address climate change and together and create something that inspires others to sustain the world!

Mind that the artists under 18 years of age at the time of submission must have a legal age representative.
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