InspiredByOtherWorlds arts contest FAQs
- Who can enter?
- Is there a specific topic or subject area?
- Is there an age limit?
- How can I submit my artwork?
- How long should the video be?
- Is there a file size limit of the photos?
- Which file formats will be accepted?
- Are there any specific requirements for the content?
- Are there prizes?
- When is the deadline?
- Who is going to judge the artworks?
- Why participate?
Who can enter?
The competition is open to all space enthusiasts, including children, members of the public, schools and clubs, as well as professional or amateur planetary scientists with a passion for the arts.
Is there a specific topic or subject area?
The theme for 2021 is “Ingenuity”. You can demonstrate your own ingenuity in how you interpret planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteorites or exoplanets as single or multiple destinations for your creative journey, or show us how ingenious missions to explore planets have inspired you.
Is there an age limit?
The competition is open to space and planetary enthusiasts of all ages.
How can I submit my artwork?
To enter the contest, fill in the submission form. In the form, you will be asked to upload your photo or provide link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo. Make sure that the link to your video is working and is accessible to external people or your submission will not be evaluated.
If you want to submit storytelling or poetry, send a photo or image with the text, or make a short video of you performing your work or reading it with accompanying visuals.
You have the option to provide a pseudonym if you would like your artwork to be credited to another name (for instance your social media handle) when displayed online or in our gallery.
The videos and images may be shared in Europlanet outreach activities aimed at the general public and schools and via our social media channels.
How long should the video be?
Videos can be any length up to a maximum of 10 minutes. Longer videos will not be eligible.
Is there a file size limit of the photos?
The submission form allows a maximum 10 MB file size to be uploaded. If your art requires a larger file size, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions before submitting the form.
Which file formats will be accepted?
For photo submissions, JPG, GIF (including animated GIF) or PNG formats are accepted. For video artworks, you will need to upload your video file to a sharing platform (Youtube, Vimeo, etc) so we recommend that you use a format accepted by the majority of platforms (the most common formats are .AVI and .MP4). This link has useful information on preparing videos to share on social media.
Are there any specific requirements for the content?
If you are using illustrations that you have not created yourself you must check that you have the necessary permissions and include the correct credits. There are no fixed templates, so be creative!
Choose a good title for your artwork to help us understand your inspirations and make your submission stand out.
How do I make a video?
You can use whatever device you have available to record your video – your phone, your laptop, a camera… it’s up to you. You can edit, adapt and add as many (or few) effects as you wish.
You can find details of some tools for recording and editing videos here.
Are there prizes?
1st, 2nd and 3rd place and People’s Choice winners in youth and adult categories will receive an EPSC2021 goody bag. We are also offering a prize for the winning entry by a school class.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for the competition 6 September 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
We will show the submitted artwork during the Europlanet Society Congress 2021 (#EPSC2021) from 13-24 September 2021 and announce the winners in a special session during the virtual conference.
Who is going to judge the artworks?
All artworks will be accessible through a dedicated online gallery on the Europlanet website. All artworks submitted will be considered by a panel of planetary scientists and artists. (Depending on entry numbers we may split into age/topic/type categories.) We will evaluate the submissions in each particular category according to the following criteria: inspiring idea, performance, original content and clarity.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. There will also be “People’s Choice” winners from a public vote, which will run from 8-22 September.
All participants will be named Europlanet Participating Artists and featured on our website.
Art is meant to inspire. Art is meant to be shared. Art allows us to go beyond our limits. Planetary science takes us beyond the limits of our world. This year’s theme is “Ingenuity”. Let your imagination take us on a voyage through our Solar System and planets around distant stars! Show us how you have been inspired to create drawings, storytelling, pictures, videos, models, craft works or art installations at home. Get creative with InspiredByOtherWorlds!