From Heritage to Future
Youth Prize Contest – 1st edition 2020
The Youth Prize Contest The Water We Want aims at engaging young people as storytellers of our multifaceted water heritage and narrators of a more sustainable future.
How can we inspire new behaviors and attitudes, to be more respectful of nature and promote better water uses and management? What daily contributions can we make to protect the increasingly scarce water resources we depend upon? What can we learn from our inherited water values and assets to help us look after our liquid future?
Through an invitation to submit videos, drawings and photographs, this contest calls on youngsters worldwide to explore creatively the crucial importance of any form of water heritage. A strong link is made to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The contest is addressed to schools, other learning institutions and civil society organizations worldwide, with entries being submitted through the members of the Global Network of Water Museums.
For the contest in 2020, despite difficult working conditions caused by the spread of COVID-19, more than 400 drawings, videos and photographs were submitted. Collaborating water museums in 20 different countries made a variety of beautiful supporting posters.
From a shortlist of 102 entries pre-selected by the partner museums, the Jury of the Global Network of Water Museums chose 6 final winners: 2 videos, 2 drawings and 2 photos. A further 18 entries received special mentions.
The complete toolkit of the youth contest is downloadable here.
Eulisse Eriberto Executive Director of the Global Network of Water Museums, Director of Civiltà dell’Acqua International Centre, and Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair “Water, Heritage and Sustainability” at Ca’ Foscari Venice University.
La Spada Giuseppe Environmental artist, Webby Awards Winner, Member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (New York) and Communication manager of the Global Network of Water Museums.
Lee-Niinioja Hee Sook President of the Scientific Committee of ICOMOS-ICICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage), journalist, artist and designer. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Network of Water Museums.
Lessa Joana Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Algarve, and researcher at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Network of Water Museums.
Moors Eddy Rector of IHE-Delft and Professor “Water & Climate”, VU-University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. President of the Global Network of Water Museums.
Otte Alexander UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme). Representative of IHP at the Management Board of the Global Network of Water Museums.
Philippe Pypaert Head of the Natural Sciences Unit of the UNESCO Beijing Office (China), Responsible Office of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) for the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea.
Scoullos Michael Chairman of MIO-ECSDE, UNESCO Chair holder (University of Athens), and driving force of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD, Greece. Member of the Management Board of the Global Network of Water Museums.
Sharrocks Amy Amy is an artist who has spent over a decade investigating people and water with careful observations. Her live artwork “Museum of Water” has travelled to over 50 sites worldwide, been visited by over 60,000 people and was nominated for European Museum of the Year 2016.
Partners of the Youth Contest
PARTNERING WATER MUSEUMS
24 water museums confirmed participation to the 1st Youth Contest The Water We Want involving about 7.000 students. After launching the contest with beautiful posters and playbills in 20 different countries, the partnering museums pre-selected 102 entries out of approx. 400 submitted works. In turn, the Jury selected 6 final winners (one per category of each age group) and 18 special mentions.