Drawing competition "A Wasteless World"

For the students of academies of fine arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina

October 23, 2023

Show us your vision of a world that is free of waste, a re-imagined reality where consumerism is not king! 

Calling all Fine Arts Academies’ students from Bosnia and Herzegovina to enter the “Wasteless World” Drawing Competition and showcase their vision for a future that’s not wasted on waste.  

The current “take-make-waste” pattern of economic and social behaviour results in literal mountains of municipal and industrial waste. Everything we consume has a waste footprint – and if not managed properly – or eliminated - this waste ends up in our rivers, forests and even our cells, as microplastic.  

What do you imagine a wasteless future will look like? How will we connect with the natural world and our communities to change our present and clean it from all the waste? How do we change our behavioural patterns to consume more thoughtfully towards our and the planet’s health? Tell us in a painting or a drawing!

Art competition rules

The competition is open to all students from the academies of fine arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina (located in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Široki Brijeg and Trebinje). 

To enter the competition, participants are invited to complete an online application form (containing name, date of birth, contact details, and a space to upload the proof of student status and a short narrative explanation of the concept) and submit a drawing that is inspired by the competition’s topic, before 15 November 2023 at 17:00. We encourage submitting the entries before this deadline.

The entries on paper or other physical material should be at least A4 (21 x 29.7 cm) and not exceed A0 (84.1 x 118.9 cm). Those can be submitted, along with the participant’s name, either in person or by mail to the following address: 

UN House Sarajevo

Zmaja od Bosne b.b.

71000 Sarajevo

with a note “Za likovni konkurs ‘A Wasteless World’”

Digital drawings are also accepted (min. resolution of 300 dpi) in the following range: A4: 29.7 x 21.0 cm or 3508 x 2480 pixels; A0: 118.9 x 84.1cm or 4961 x 3508 pixels in .jpg or .png file format. Digital drawings can be submitted with the rest of the required information through the online application form. If the attachment exceeds 16 MB, please submit it through a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or Google Drive in the specified field of the online submission form.

Up to three submissions per participant are allowed. Group submissions are also acceptable. All entries must be original. All drawing media are allowed. 

UNDP reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is inappropriate or inconsistent with the spirit of the competition. Entries must be suitable to be broadcasted, publicly displayed, published or used online by UNDP for audiences of all ages.


Entries will be evaluated by a UNDP selection panel, which will select up to 10 winners based on the following criteria:

Inspiring and plausible visions calling to action towards a wasteless world

Maximum points: 20

Visual identity, aesthetics and fulfilment of thematic requirements,

Maximum points: 20

Originality and inventiveness of the entry

Maximum points: 10

The three prize winners will be awarded a high-end professional graphic tablet with a smart pen, that helps the artists, designers, programmers of video games, photographers and videographers capture their creative visions on screen. 

The 4th to 10th place winners will be awarded a mid-range professional pen tablet, that helps the artists, designers, programmers of video games, photographers and videographers capture their creative visions on screen.

Winning entries will be announced on the UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina website with the names of authors, and the authors will be notified by email about the results of the contests by 20 November 2023.

All inquiries on the competition can be submitted to the email registry.ba@undp.org with a subject line that refers to the drawing competition “Wasteless World” before 13 November 2023 at 17:00.

Data privacy and intellectual property rights

When entering the competition, we ask you for personal details such as your name, age, country of residence, and email address.  By providing your contact details, you accept UNDP’s Personal Data Protection and Privacy Policy, which offers more details on how your data will be used and protected.

You confirm that you are the owner of your submission, and that no third party has any right or claim to your submission. The copyright in any submission shall remain your property, but by entering the competition, you grant to UNDP, its assigns, licensees and successors, a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, perpetual, worldwide license to use, edit, adapt, modify, store, copy, reproduce, publicly display, distribute, publish, and disseminate your submission, for UNDP’s communication purposes. You acknowledge and agree that UNDP is not obligated to utilize any of the materials for the use of which you have granted the right to UNDP hereunder. UNDP will credit you by using your name, age, and/or country whenever possible when using your submission materials.

By participating, you agree to release, discharge, defend and hold harmless UNDP, its assigns, licensees, successors, representatives, the selection panel, donors, partners, and any party associated with the development or administration of the competition, from any and all liability in connection with the competition or any submission-related activities, including without limitation, legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demand or actions of any kind.