Opportunity: Zealous Amplify Environment contest

Amplify is a contest designed to celebrate the most impactful works related to environmental themes.

Why focus on the environment?

Our world is ever-changing, prompting numerous questions and discussions about our role within it. From the beauty of nature to the complexities of climate change, we want to explore it all. By recognising and sharing your exceptional work, we hope to not only support you but also foster meaningful conversations about the environment.

Why submit your work?

The 25 artists who make it to the shortlist will have their work reviewed by top industry judges. These judges will then select the top three finalists, including the ultimate winner.

It is free to submit your work, and those on the longlist also stand a chance to be featured on our website.

This contest also serves as a fundraising initiative for our chosen charity, Arts Catalyst, a visual arts organisation and charity based in Sheffield, UK, who are enabling people in South Yorkshire and beyond to engage in creative experiences that increase ecological awareness, encourage positive social action and open up new ways of learning about the world around us:

‘We activate spaces for people to think differently about the world around them using art to explore social and environmental issues, provoke debate, and test out alternative ways of learning. We collaborate with artists, activists and people with different kinds of knowledge to organise creative projects that respond to social and environmental issues. Our programme often takes place within community spaces, unusual sites and outdoors.’

You’ll have your work seen by our industry guest judges:

Laura Clarke – Artistic Director of Arts Catalyst
Polly Bates – Founder of ‘Artists Responding To…’
Clare Dudeney – Associate for Sustainability First
Sinead McCoy – Coastal Communities Manager for Clean Coasts


First place

  • £1000 cash prize
  • An interview included in the magazine ‘Artists Responding To…’
  • Homepage feature
  • Exclusive interview on our blog + newsletter
  • Promotion across our social media channels (combined audience of 72,000+)

Second place

  • £250 cash prize

Third place

  • £150 cash prize

Public vote award

  • £100 Amazon voucher

Who can take part?

This contest is open to anyone who has created work focusing on the environment. We are less concerned with the medium of the work submitted and more interested in its impact. We believe a piece of art, theatre, poetry, sculpture, game and all types of mediums can all sit side by side in making positive change. However, if you have previously won a Zealous opportunity, you are not eligible to apply.

Scoring criteria

Judges will be scoring work on their impact, originality, and story.

Is it free?

Yes! Submitting to Amplify is absolutely free.

How to apply

Apply now!

Each submission you make needs to represent one project or work.

This could be a short film, performance, artwork, script, design, game, etc. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and is just here to provide ideas of what your submissions could look like.

To give us a good representation of the work, we allow each submission to contain 5 items (a mix of images, videos, music, text…). The first item should be the piece you want to be considered, all other items are optional and should be made up of supporting elements (eg stills, close-ups, synopsis, etc).

Closing date

Monday 23 October 10am

Find out more and apply via Zealous website.

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