Challenge # 02
How can we communicate the impacts of climate
change on a HABITAT and/or SPECIES and the benefits of mitigation, adaptation and resilience?
What is it?
The CLIMATE CREATIVES CHALLENGE is a series of design competitions, the aim of which is to help support new and novel approaches for communicating the impacts of climate change and the benefits of mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
It's FREE to enter and we're excited to see what creations will emerge!
*Prizes are in British Pound Sterling (GBP)
1st place £1,000
2nd place £750
3rd place £500
20 x Commendations of £250
Who can enter ?
The challenge is open to people of all disciplines and creative backgrounds including;
+ anyone with a creative concept that can help communicate this theme. You do not have to be a professional or in a team*
* You can enter as a team if you so wish. There's space in the submission process to input details of all collaborators
To encourage different types of creative communication, we are accepting a broad range of types of entry submission, including;
Poetry & Prose
How can we communicate the impacts of climate change on a HABITAT and/or SPECIES and the benefits of mitigation, adaptation and resilience?
The judges are looking for entrants to;
- Explore ways for communicating the topic that go beyond the traditional bounds / formats in which it's typically represented.
- Share 'place' based narratives that link to / showcase contextual stories and experiences.
- Consider how your entry to the challenge could connect with people and/or organisations that aren’t necessarily aware or engaged with this topic.
- Not just focus on the hazard, but also show actions that can be taken for adaptation and to change the consequences endured.
Founder, Director, Operations Manager
Sustainability, Diversity in the outdoors
Soraya Abdel-Hadi is an award-winning writer, artist, and advocate for women and diversity in the UK outdoors. She believes in taking a holistic approach to making the world a better place, and her work focuses on sustainability, nature and adventure travel. Soraya is Lonely Planet Sustainable Storyteller 2021 and founder of the All The Elements – a community interest company working to increase diversity in the UK outdoors.
Producer, Director at BBC Natural History Unit
Filmmaking, scriptwriting, science communication, photography
Jo Haley has been making documentaries for 12 years, mostly on high-end, landmark wildlife programmes such as 'Planet Earth 2', 'Dynasties' and 'Seven Worlds: One Planet'. She has directed wildlife shoots across five continents – from trekking through Congolese jungle swamps, searching the deep ocean floor for new species, climbing active volcanoes in Galapagos and sledding through the frozen tundra of Canada. Jo is just embarking on the next series of Blue Planet at the BBC, having recently acquired a commercial diving qualification. She’s particularly passionate about communicating complex science in simple and visually interesting ways, and promoting conservation in a digestible and actionable format.
Neuroscientist, Director of the UCL Climate Action Unit (CAU)
Neuroscience, science communicator, policy co-production expert
Dr Kris De Meyer is a neuroscientist, science communicator and science-policy co-production expert, bringing insights from neuroscience and psychology to the domain of climate change. He is the Director of the UCL Climate Action Unit (CAU) and a research fellow at Kings College London. Kris works with environmental scientists, policymakers and conservation NGOs to support them in communicating more constructively about controversial environmental topics, such as climate change. He is also the producer of the award-winning documentary, Right Between Your Ears (exploring the neuroscience and psychology of entrenched views), co-creator of children's radio series Climate Explorers, and the participatory theatre piece, The Justice Syndicate.
Director of The Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER), Professor of Ecology & Sustainability, School of Environmental Sciences, Writer.
Science? Art? No Boundaries. Dr. Madhur Anand is Director at the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) and actively linking interdisciplinary researchers and multi-media artists, encouraging innovation and broad collaboration through the lens of addressing environmental challenges. She is a multi-award-winning writer, including receiving the 2020 Governer General’s Award for Literary Award for Nonfiction, and is often found presenting on the writer’s festival circuit and at scientific conferences.
Founder, East African Ocean Explorers & Africa Underwater Ltd
TV presenter, filmmaker, photographer, conservationist and music producer
Jahawi Bertolli is a National Geographic Explorer & Photo Camp Instructor, iLCP Associate Fellow, Award winning film maker, photographer and TV presenter from Kenya specialising in wildlife and the underwater world. Growing up in Kenya, spending a lot of time both on the beach or out in the bush, Jahawi nurtured a deep curiosity and love for the natural world and strives to portray the beauty, power and vulnerability of wild environments through his work. The main themes of his work being environmental, marine and shark conservation. Although his work has taken him around the world his current focus is in on telling African wildlife and conservation stories in an innovative, fresh way by telling them through the eyes of the communities who have lived in these environments with these animals, making them culturally relevant and highlighting African storytelling.
Senior Specialist Climate Change Adaptation,
Climate change adaptation, resilience and change, natural environment impacts, vulnerabilities and action, spatial data, climate change coaching and well-being
Sarah Taylor a specialist in adaptation for the natural environment, placing nature, our life support system, at the centre of climate action. Sarah works on collating and sharing evidence to generate action on the climate and ecological crisis, both through embedding climate change across Natural England’s work and working with partners and across other sectors. Sarah’s work also explores how creative approaches can help engage on the nature and climate emergency and how this interacts with inclusivity, equity and environmental justice. Sarah is a coach and is working on how the coaching approach can help galvanise action and support us.
Environmental Designer, Author and Illustrator
Environmental Architecture, Illustration, Resilient Design, Risk Communication, Filmmaking
Ed Barsley runs ‘The Environmental Design Studio’ (TEDS) and is an environmental designer, author, illustrator and filmmaker. In January 2020, Ed's book ‘Retrofitting for Flood Resilience’ was published by the RIBA and features many of his original artworks illustrating the impacts of climate change of the built and natural environment and benefits of adaptation / resilience. He is fellow of the RSA and is leading the design of the 'Hydroscape', a large scale living-lab to test and showcase strategies for resilience in the built / natural environment. He led the creation of both the Climate Creatives Challenge and the Hazard + Hope initiative to foster innovation and increase impact in climate change communication.
Brand & Design Executive at WWF-UK
Illustration, Graphic Design & Marketing
Florence Zealey is an illustrator and designer based in Hampshire in the UK. She graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth with a BA in Illustration and has always taken inspiration from nature, lyrics and 60s design. Florence has produced designs for the COP summits, Youth Living Planet Report and new Sustainable Futures careers programme. Inclusivity and collaboration is integral to WWF's mission to create a future where people and nature thrive together. Florence's work champions these values through accessible and authentic design, ensuring the stories told are representative of all those in society.
This challenge is sponsored by;
Natural England’s mission is to build partnerships for nature’s recovery to deliver our vision for thriving nature for people and planet. We know that nature is life. It underpins everything we do. It is fundamental to our health and well-being, and is at the heart of every successful sustainable economy. We recognise that climate change can’t be addressed without tackling nature loss and the urgency to deliver for people and nature is greater than ever.
TEDS are an award-winning social venture whose aim is to reduce the exposure and vulnerability of communities and environments to natural / human induced hazards (particularly those resulting from or exacerbated by climate change). Their work in this field is facilitated and undertaken through design, research and training initiatives which highlights the causes/consequences of hazards and showcases strategies for adaptation and resilience to these threats.
This challenge is being supported by the WWF;
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) are the global environmental charity leading the race to bring our world back to life. WWF’s Living Planet Report shows average population sizes of wildlife have declined by 69% since 1970. With nature in freefall, we’re urgently tackling the underlying causes that are driving the decline – especially the food system and climate change, so future generations have a world with thriving habitats and species. We’re in a race to restore the natural world and prevent catastrophic climate change before it’s too late. And it’s a race we can still win.
WWF are supporting Challenge #2 of the Climate Creatives Challenge as we share a goal to grow and diversify the audience engaging with the ongoing nature & climate crisis. This challenge brings voices from across the world, inspiring hope for future generations - to bring our world back to life, before it’s too late.
This is a peak time of international and local crises on food, energy and the environment, with escalating cost of living everywhere. Design plays a crucial part to give people the solutions to these problems in an inclusive and accessible way. Together, we can still stop the loss of nature and set it on the road to recovery.
Entrants can only choose one 'type' of format to use (i.e. can't submit a photo, poem and painting) ;
You must have the appropriate ownership rights and permissions for any content you feature / submit as part of the challenge.
Poetry & Prose
This could be a sketch, painting, visualisation/render,
infographic or other type of illustration.
You might have captured a picture that conveys the aim of the challenge
It could be a short film or animation
It may be a song or sound you've written / recorded
It could be a poem or experience you want to share
It may be you've made a sculpture or model
Max. 3 files submitted
Min. image dimensions 120 x 120mm
Max duration 4 minutes
duration 4 mins
500 word limit
21:9 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 4:3 / 9:16
jpg, ai, pdf,
Physical objects will need to be photographed and comply with the requirements for that format.