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Cornell University, Glendale High School and IES Pontepedriña Secondary School won the FAO soil painting contest

The FAO Global Soil Partnership announced the winners of the World Soil Day 2017 soil painting contest. In October 2017, FAO launched a painting and video competition for young people worldwide to design posters and make videos for World Soil Day 2017. The competition took place in three age groups.

The above 18 group winner is Cornell University Soil Health Lab's team from Ithaca, US. Their painting depicts the Three Sisters of Haudenosaunee agriculture in an active, lively painting where the ground represented the roots from which American sustainable agricultural practices developed. Participants from IES Pontepedriña Secondary School from SpainGlendale High School from the US, Unidad Educativa Educar 2000 from Ecuador and the Northwestern Senior High School from the US came 1st to 3rd in the 12 to 18 age group. More than fifteen groups from around the world registered for the competition.

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Soil Painting Competition

As part of its outreach efforts, the GSP organized a soil painting competition in celebration of World Soil Day on December 5th 2017 with the theme 'Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground'. In this contest, participants showcased their creativity in depicting how soils are indispensable for sustaining development. 

Tips for teachers and lecturers: Utilize the occasion to debate on soil related issues and soil's preservation!

Download the tutorial : English | Spanish

Rules and Guidelines

Rules and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to schools, colleges and universities around the world and is organized in three groups depending on the age:
  1. Group A | age range between 6-11 (elementary school)
  2. Group B | age range between 12 and 18 (secondary and high schools)
  3. Group C | above 18 (colleges and universities)
  • Painting material used in this contest must be primarily derived from soil;
  • Canvass dimensions should be equal to or larger than to 1m x 2m (optional);
  • Participants must show public engagement, outreach and educational efforts during this project;
  • Participants are invited to take pictures or short video(s) throughout the painting process and share them on social media using the hastags #SoilArt #WorldSoilDay #Soils
  • Each submission must be accompanied by: A short video and/or JPEG photos showing the work-in-progress;
  • Participating teams must be comprised of 3-5 individuals affiliated with the education institution (schools, colleges, universities) and involve the general public.

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation will be based on the artwork pictures and the video showcasing the development process and final product. Each painting will be scored on a basis of 2 criteria on a scale of 1 to 5. The maximum score will therefore be 10.

  1. Creativity of the idea and result/overall work, in line with the GSP core objectives
  2. Public engagement in person (i.e. painting is advisable to take place in a public area to increase visibility); Social Media sharing (# of likes and shares)/ traffic, and Press release;

Jury

Jury

The Jury was composed by:

  • GSP secretariat
  • Soil Artist 

Prizes

Prizes

The winner from each group (group A, B and C) received a prize of 400 USD, while the second and third runners from each group received a prize of 200 USD and 100 USD respectively. A series of soil publications and communication material (such as USB keys, T-shirt and bags) could be also shipped to the winners of each group at their request. High visibility on FAO social media and the FAO/GSP website was ensured for all the participants in the competition.

Timing

Timing

October 16th: Launch of the competition (with the support of a video tutorial and short manual);

December 11th at 11:59 pm: submission deadline for the photos and/or videos;

December 20th: Jury selected winning entries for each of the three groups.