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Resource Efficiency

EU offers cash prizes for photography, cartoons and short films depicting waste


The European Environment Agency (EEA) is inviting EU citizens to share their views about waste in Europe through a new creative arts competition, ‘Waste smART’. Its aim is to raise awareness of household waste and encourage people to think more about waste recycling and reuse. Entries are invited in three categories – photography, cartoons and short films. Competition winners will receive a cash prize, and all finalists have a chance of getting their work promoted by the EEA and its partners across Europe. Read more…

Each year, EU citizens generate an average of half a tonne of household waste per person. Waste can be an economic loss and it can also negatively impact the environment as well as human health. The ‘Waste smART’ competition is designed to encourage people to think more about the resources, energy and labour that are used to produce everyday consumables and how these can be reused or recycled.

The competition is calling for entries on a variety of themes. For example, it could be an original photograph illustrating wasted food, construction waste or a landfill site, or a single picture cartoon showing how to reduce, re-use or recycle waste. Filmmakers, for example, could produce a 30-90 second video about how waste policy could be improved and what it might look like in the future.

Photographs, cartoons and videos should be accompanied by a short text of no more than 1000 characters to explain the image or film. Entries will be judged by environmental communication experts from across Europe who will pick a winner for each of the three categories. The winning entries will receive a prize of €500 each with a €500 youth prize also given to the best entry from someone born between 1989 and 1995.

The competition is free to enter and is open to citizens of EEA member countries and West Balkan cooperating countries. Participants must be 18 years or older and entries must be submitted online. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2013.

Find more info:

Waste smART competition website

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