VIENNA, 14 October 2015 – The OSCE is pleased to announce the winners of its visual design contest to help raise awareness about the security risks linked to climate change. Co-sponsored by eYeka, a global community of creative designers, the OSCE competition attracted 125 entries from 22 OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation.
First prize went to Alvion of Spain, whose powerful illustration entitled ‘Dangerous Deals’ depicts an ominous handshake between parched land and bullets, capturing the link between climate change and conflict. He said he wanted to create an image which “stays in the memory of whoever sees it.”
Samira from Morocco, who won second prize for her striking visual of the planet Earth draining away through an hourglass, with communities destroyed and families displaced due to climate change. She emphasized that she wanted to “show through the symbolism of the hourglass the urgency and the time factor that we must act quickly.”
Aghidel from Ukraine, who won third prize for an image of an innocent child surrounded by environmental destruction, wanted to juxtapose the “defencelessness of a child with the ravages of the insatiable consumption of resources, air and water pollution, deforestation, and more.”
The competition was held in the run-up to an OSCE Security Days event devoted to climate change and security, which will take place on 28 October 2015 in Vienna. The event, which is open to the public, will bring together senior representatives of governments, regional and international organizations, NGOs, academia, philanthropy, business and entrepreneurs for an open, interactive discussion on the most effective approaches to counteracting the security risks of climate change.