For #CREATECOP26, young artists respond to climate change

Organized by Art Partner, the art competition announced its winner today, along with virtual exhibition space

From flooding to fires, the generations coming of age are inheriting a planet in peril. #CreateCOP26 is a competition and virtual exhibition that seeks to engage young artists in themes of climate change. Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, Art Partner, with support from UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, called for submissions from young artists across the globe.

The concept of the competition, which is in its second iteration, was developed by president Amber Testino, who hoped to rally collective awareness around the climate change conference through the youth climate movement. In doing so, Art Partner could also leverage its platforms to support young creatives from an array of different backgrounds, including those from underrepresented communities. “This year we received an overwhelming response from a breadth of applicants – geographically, demographically and culturally–that reflected global and shared concerns of a young, creative generation,” Testino states.

After receiving hundreds of applications across 54 countries, nine finalists were selected. On October 25, first prize was awarded to Camila Jaber, 25, for her short film “I Am Cenote.” The film (which you can watch below) features its creator, a national freediving record holder in Mexico, and personifies the freshwater she works in to emphasize the fragility of its ecosystem and the destructive nature of the tourism industry in her country. A virtual 3D exhibition of the 30 winners and runners up will be hosted on through November 12th. View each of the winning submissions on