Danube Art Master Competition 2023: International Winners Announced

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4 persons in a large meeting room in from of a large screen, the second from left a woman holding a blue certificate
From left to right: GWP CEE Danube Art Master Project Manager, Jergus Semko; Bulgarian ICPDR Delegation Representative, Rumeliya Petrova; ICPDR Public Participation Expert Group Chairperson, Susanne Brandstetter; ICPDR Executive Secretary, Birgit Vogel.

VIENNA, 14th December 2023 (Press Release) – The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) proudly announced the winners of this year's Danube Art Master competition during its 26th Ordinary Meeting in Vienna. An award ceremony was held to honour the international winners in each competition category. The announcement was made by Susanne Brandstetter, Chairperson of the ICPDR's Public Participation Expert Group.

The Danube Art Master competition is a unique platform where children and teenagers from the Danube River Basin are encouraged each year to reflect on the health of their local rivers and to contemplate how they can contribute to preserving these vital waters for the future. Participants are encouraged to use materials sourced, inspired, or directly taken from the environment to create their artworks, emphasizing the importance of their local surroundings as a primary source of inspiration. 

This year's competition saw an overwhelming response, with over 1,300 children from 133 schools across the Danube River Basin participating. They collectively created 300 artworks, celebrating the beauty and significance of the Danube River. The winners were selected by a jury comprising members of the ICPDR's Public Participation Expert Group.

The award ceremony, held on December 13th during the ICPDR’s 26th Ordinary Meeting in Vienna, was a testament to the young talents' dedication to environmental stewardship. While awarding the prizes, Susanne Brandstetter remarked, "The younger generation is not only the future but also the present Keepers of our Danube. Their fresh perspective and creativity in approaching this vital resource, water, is a learning opportunity for us all, year after year."

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


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

Shells painted in gold, green and blue, assembled in two sets and displayed on the shore of the Danube
Junior category: "We love the Danube river and its inhabitants” by artwork group Association "Danube Shine", Ruse, Bulgaria.
Otter made out of rocks
Teen category: “Otter” by Laura Gajarská and Lea Hybbenová, Primary School of Matej Bel, Šamorin, Slovakia.


In the “Video” category:


The winning works in the category “Photography” were:         

Coal loader over Danube river.
Junior category: “Sunset at the hay loader” by Luca Hegedűs, Private submission, Hungary.
Aerial shot of river through a forest and mountains.
Teen category: “Korita Soce” by Allina Bek, Celje Center High School, Slovenia

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: 

Minature river bank.
Most liked Artwork: “River” by 29 children, PU Čukarica, Čukarica, Serbia.

The video “Blue Danube - Our Aim” by Maksim Ilić, Sara Škrijelj, Feđa Milojević and Matija Stojanović, also won most liked video.

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