Danube Art Master Competition 2022: International Winners announced

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VIENNA, 14th December 2022 – After almost 3 years of online activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 saw the return of many in person outreach activities including the Danube Art Master competition. The announcement of this year's international winners took place during the ICPDR’s 25th Ordinary Meeting in Vienna, where an award ceremony was held to crown the international Danube Art Master in each of the competing categories.

Three bird sculptures on a river bank.

Each year the children and teens of the Danube River Basin are given the opportunity to reflect on the health of their local rivers, and to decide how they wish to help preserve these waters for the future. All eligible young artists are encouraged to use material captured, inspired, or borrowed directly from the environment itself in the creation of their artworks, and to look at their local surroundings as a key source of inspiration in the process.

This year, over 1300 children from 180 schools across the Danube River Basin came together to create over 400 works of art in celebration of the Danube River! The Danube Art Master winners are selected by a jury comprised of ICPDR members of the ICPDR's Public Participation Expert Group. The international winners of the 2022 Danube Art Master competition were honored during an award ceremony at the 25th Ordinary Meeting in Vienna on December 14th.

Susanne Brandstetter, Chairperson of the ICPDR's Public Participation Expert Group said when awarding the winning prizes: "the younger generation are the present and the future keepers of our Danube! We too can learn from them and how they look at this precious resource, that is water, with fresh eyes every single year".

The winners if the 2022 Danube Art Master Competition are as follows in each category:


In the “Art” category, the winning works were:

a blue bird sitting on top of a wooden fence

Junior category: “Nature’s Painter” - Sofia Horoiu, Dimitrie Cantemir, Iași, High School, District of Iași, Romania (above) and in the Teen category: “The beauty of the Danube River” - Bozhana Stoycheva, Angel Stoychev, School of st. Cyril and Methodius, Bulgaria. (below)

a bird sitting on top of a body of water


In the “Video” category:


a little girl standing in front of a birthday cake

Junior category: “Danube is a Treasure” - Roza Rodin, Tonka Šmit, Nuša Ukić, Primary school of Juraj Šižgorić, Croatia (above).

a sign above a body of water

Teen category: “Stop building mini HPP” – Children of the Basic school “Aleksa Santic” Bosnia & Herzegovina (above). 


The winning works in the the category “Map” were:

a group of young children sitting next to a child

In the Junior category: “At the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Vah” - Ella Stredová, Ela Fazekašová, Nina Hegedušová, Nina Vidermanová, Natália Baloghová, Lucas Prezmeczky, ZŠ Rozmarínova, Komárno, Slovakia (above).

In the Teen category: “Let's explore the moor, sail along the Danube” - 22 Children of the 23. Oktobar, Sremski Karlovci Primary school, Serbia (below).

a cake sitting on top of a table

Most Liked Art Work

The “most liked” category was an online competition – an 'audience prize' – where the audience could cast their votes by liking the artworks online. The title of “Most liked artwork“ was ultimately awarded to:

Most liked Artwork: “Lonely Swan” – Children of the Basic school “Aleksa Santic”, Bosnia & Herzegovina (below).

a rocky shore next to a body of water

Most liked video: “Danube - Water as a priceless gift of nature” - Sena Lazarević, Neda Savić, Hristina Milosavljević, Primary school 3.oktobar Bor, Serbia (below).

a group of people in a forest

Congratulations again to all the winners!

Danube Art Master is jointly organized by the ICPDR and the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE), an ICPDR observer organisation and one of the largest networks focusing on water in the world.

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For further information, please contact:

Hélène Masliah-Gilkarov
Public Participation and Communication
ICPDR Secretariat at UNOV
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4373
Fax: (+43-1) 26060-5895
Mobile: (+43 676) 845 200 220
Email: helene.masliah-gilkarov[at]icpdr.org
Web: www.icpdr.org