What’s your Ecovision? Can You Make Your Neighbourhood More Ecological?

Think about your neighbourhood. Think of it as an ecosystem. A developing whole made of different, interconnecting elements – living and non-living. Plants, animals, cars, people, buildings, communal waste bins, buses, trains, rivers, parks, the sea and mountains. You. The list can go on. How can you make your neighbourhood’s ecosystem more environmentally sustainable? We want to hear your ideas! See your vision! And we will help you make it possible. Using theatre, film and scientific advice.

Tired of feeling anxious about climate change and environmental doom?
Take action!

Go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Bring with you, your cell phone, video camera, notebook or sketchbook. Spot anything that is not environmentally friendly and tell us: Take a photo or a video or make a drawing that illustrates the environmental problem that you have detected in your neighbourhood.

Submit this to our competition, along with a short text explaining the problem and describing your vision: What ecological solution could you propose to address the problem? We will work with you to make it possible.

The Young Ecovisions competition is the first event of a larger project called Sustainhoods. Winners of the competition will take part in the rest of the Sustainhoods project, which also comprises of a series of applied theatre workshops and a film.

  • The competition is open to people from all countries aged between 15 and 25 years old.
  • If under the age of 18, a legal guardian or parent must sign the project’s Parental Consent Formand submit the entry on behalf of the participant.
  • Participants must speak fluent English (at least at an intermediate level) and submit the written component of their entries in English.
  • Winners must be able to attend, online (via Zoom), a series of six workshops and a film premiere on specific dates (please see Dates). The exact time of these workshops and film screening will be agreed between the project’s team and the workshop participants selected from the competition entries.
How to Enter
  • Submit your entry as either a photograph, a drawing or a five-minute video.
  • All entries should also include a short text (maximum 100 words) providing an explanation of the image or the video. The text should address the following questions: Where and when was the image or video taken? What environmental problem does it illustrate? What would be your solution to address this problem?
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • Entries must be submitted through the competition’s website (see Submit Your Entry).
  • People under the age of 18 must have a permission of a parent or guardian to enter. This permission must be stated filling in the competition’s Parental Consent Form, which should be submitted using the competition entry form. Entries from people under the age of 18 without a Parental Consent Form will not be accepted.

For more details of entry submission, please read the Rules & Terms of the competition.

Prizes & Judging Criteria

Winners will have a unique chance to develop their vision of a sustainable neighbourhood with specialised support. A team of experts in theatre, science, film and education will mentor competition winners to make a case for the feasibility of their ecovisions.

Mentoring will be delivered through six one-hour workshops that will take place online at weekends. English will be the participants’ common language during workshops. A film will be created documenting the winners of the competition’s ecovisions. The film will be streamed online in November 2020 as part at the 2020 Being Human Festival: New Worlds.

Both the workshops and the film screening will be delivered online through Zoom. Workshop participants and the film’s audience will attend these activities from their homes.

Three winners will be selected from all submitted entries. Should the judges agree that additional entries are of exceptional quality, two further entries will be allowed. Preference will be given to entries that include environmental problems or solutions that are achievable, innovative, inclusive of different social groups and collaborative in nature. For more details on judging criteria, please see the competition’s Rules & Terms.


Competition opens:
18th of August 2020 at 23:00 UTC

Competition closes for entries:
20th of September 2020 at 23:59 UTC

Announcement of competition winners:
9th of October 2020

Applied theatre workshops:
17th, 24th, 25th and 31st of October 2020; and 7th and 8th of November 2020
* Exact times of the workshops will be agreed in due course between the Project Team and the competition winners

Film screenings:
21st and 22nd of November 2020
* Exact times of the film screenings: To be confirmed