Enter the UNESCO MGIEP Blue Dot Contest 2016

Enter the UNESCO MGIEP Blue Dot Contest 2016

Deadline: May 15, 2016

Are you between the ages of 18-34 and are you passionate about drawing? Show off your talent by entering The Blue Dot competition by drawing, sketching or designing a moment, an interesting perspective or any creative idea that represents the theme “Education and Violent Extremism.” As the world reels in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Brussels and Paris in 2015 and 2016, there is growing recognition that these attacks are becoming a global threat—one unlikely to diminish in the coming years. With atrocities being committed across the globe in Nairobi, London, Mumbai, New York, Barcelona, and Beirut over the past few years, the need for peace through dialogue and solidarity has never been greater.

In this context, education is at the heart of the framework to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As the means to changing attitudes and mindsets, education possesses the power to connect young people across political, religious and cultural divides to build a shared sense of responsibility for the world we live in. Ultimately, education is the key to building more peaceful and sustainable societies.


  • First Prize – $200
  • Second Prize – $150
  • Third Prize – $100
  • The top three winning entries will be published in the July 2016 Issue of The Blue Dot, UNESCO MGIEP’s biannual magazine.

Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, relevance, and overall impact. Judging will be conducted by the Communications Team and the Director of UNESCO MGIEP.


  • Open to individuals between 18 and 34 with a passion for drawing;
  • Artworks that have won any other contests, violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible;
  • Only submissions received before midnight (Indian Standard Time) May 15, 2016 will be considered;
  • UNESCO MGIEP reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution scan, photograph or an original of the artwork;
  • The contestants retain their rights to their artwork; however, by entering the contest, they grant the UNESCO MGIEP a royalty-free, world-wide, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the magazine and its website;
  • Any artwork reproduced will include an author credit as feasible. UNESCO MGIEP will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
  • The decision of the judges is final;
  • In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine that no entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, UNESCO MGIEP reserves the right not to award any prizes.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit no more than one entry per person;
  • Format: If designed by hand, the comic strips must be scanned and sent via email. A high-quality photograph of the comic strip is also acceptable if a scan is not possible. Only PDF and JPG formats will be accepted.
  • Please include your full name, date and year of birth, current occupation, affiliation (ex. school, university or employment), an email address where we can contact you, and country of residence.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a caption (approximately 100 words) describing the content and story behind the comic strip.

Please send your artwork and requested information to [email protected] with the subject line “Blue Dot competition 2016”

For more information, visit Blue Dot Contest.