(Press Release) Danube Art Master Competition 2021: International Winners announced

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a child's artwork looking like a map with a river
DAM Winners 2021 – Map Category (Juniors): 'Lovely Danube' by Zojka Némethová, Kristína Gubienová, Emka Józsová, Viktória Mészárosová, Mirka Švecová, Sára Fábriková, Veronika Szokoová from 1st. Primary school of Rozmarínová 1, art class, Komárno, Slovakia

VIENNA, 15 March 2021 – The environmental art competition, “Danube Art Master” is delighted to have received a surprisingly large number of artworks submitted in 2021, despite taking place under truly exceptional circumstances. This year's international winners were announced at an online ceremony last week.

The Danube Art Master competition is an opportunity for the children of the Danube River Basin to consider and discover the health of their local rivers, and a moment 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.

Reflecting on this year's competition, Susanne Brandstetter – Chairperson of the ICPDR's Public Participation Expert Group and one of the driving forces behind Danube Art Master – had this to say: "Young people aren’t only our future, they’re our present. They constantly look at this precious resource, that is water, with fresh eyes every single year".


In the “Art” category, the winning work was Fish Lanterns made by Class 5 and 6 of Montessori Mittelschule in Vilshofen, Germany (Juniors); The riches of the Danube made by Antonia Cudalb from School no. 24 Galati, Romania (Teens).

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"Art" category winners: Fish Lanterns – Class 5 & 6 of Montessori Mittelschule in Vilshofen, Germany (Juniors); The riches of the Danube – Antonia Cudalb, School no. 24, Galati, Romania (Teens).



In the “Video” category, Danube – I’m Life won the Juniors category, produced by Victoria Nikolaeva, Ilein Manasieva, Svetoslava Stokova, Ludmila Ivanova from High school “Hristo Botev”, Kozloduy in Bulgaria. Students from SL-entertainment, a friends' group from Pentling, Germany won the best video in the 'Teens' section, with Save the Danube.

“Video” category winners: Danube – I’m Life – “Hristo Botev” High School in Kozloduy, Bulgaria (Juniors); Save the Danube – Students from Pentling, Germany (Teens).


In the “Map” category, Lovely Danube made by Zojka Némethová, Kristína Gubienová, Emka Józsová, Viktória Mészárosová, Mirka Švecová, Sára Fábriková, Veronika Szokoová from 1st Primary school of Rozmarínová 1, art class, Komárno, Slovakia (Junior) and Alexandru Denisa from Food industry college Elena Doamna, Romania with The beauty of the Danube (Teens).

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"Map" category winners: Lovely Danube – 1st. Primary school of Rozmarínová 1, Komárno, Slovakia (Junior); The beauty of the Danube – Denisa Alexandru, ”Elena Doamna” Food Industry College, Galaţi, Romania (Teens).

"Most Liked"

As announced in advance all artworks also competed in the “most liked” online competition – an 'audience prize' – where the audience could cast their votes by liking the artworks online. The participants and their friends and families were free to share the photos in their networks and invite people to like them. The title of “Most liked artwork“ was ultimately awarded to Rusalke by students from OŠ ''Stefan Nemanja'', Niš, Serbia, with over 262 likes. “Most liked map“, with over 630 likes, was National park UNA by Aleksa Santic of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Last but not least, “Most liked video“ with 122 likes was Aquastic music by trashtruments by students from the Szent Anna Katolikus Általános Iskola és Óvoda in Szany, Hungary.

mapa close up of a flower garden


Submissions 2021

The Danube Art Master winners are selected by a jury comprised of ICPDR experts the ICPDR's Public Participation Expert Group. The competition is open to all children and schools across the 14 countries that make up the Danube River Basin, including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia  and Ukraine. Around 657 children from 119 schools participated, submitting 404 artworks including team submissions.

The Danube region's flagship international arts competition for kids and young people received some 62 artworks in three different categories in 2021: Art, Video, and Maps. A breakdown of the number of artworks received per category can be found below:

  • Art: Junior (6-11), 11 artworks; Teens (12-18), 13 artworks
  • Video: Junior (6-11), 9 videos; Teens (12-18), 12 videos
  • Map: Junior (6-11), 7 maps; Teens (12-18), 10 maps
  • Total international artworks submitted: 62

Ceremony 2021

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As it was not possible to celebrate the children success in person at least the celebration was realised online. The international DAM winner awarding ceremony took place on 8th March 2022 via Zoom. The winning teams from Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Slovakia gathered together online for the Danube Art Master awarding ceremony. The prizes and certificates for the winners sent to them via a courier company. Depending on the category the winners received waterproof camera to better reflect the beauty of Danube and notebooks with endless reusability.

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
Mobile: (+43 676) 845 200 220
Email: helene.masliah-gilkarov[at]icpdr.org