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Local focus, global challenges A photography competition – The Sustainable Earth Institute – Open to all, focused on global sustainability

Sustainability challenges are global, but affect us locally.

Rail lines under increasing threat as sea levels rise, meaning South West of England could be disrupted for more than ten per cent of each year by 2040, bee numbers in decline globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease, and tiny plastic microbeads being released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment.

These are some of the greatest sustainability challenges we face today.

This competition opens on Monday 16 January 2017, and closes on Friday 31 March. 

Competition categories

This competition asks you to photograph environmental and sustainability challenges in the following categories:

  • Sustainable Plymouth
  • Sustainable South West

Themes within these categories include but are not limited to food, health and wellbeing, education, clean air and water, energy, and growth.


  • Student winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Staff winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Public winner: £100 photography voucher and 2 free places at Sustainable Earth 2017 (29 and 30 June, Plymouth University)

Visit the website for more information

Submission instructions

Your photo, along with a 200 (max) word summary of how your photo represents sustainability should be sent to Kirsty Henderson no later than 12 noon on Friday 31 March 2017. Please send your email as an attachment or as a link on a file hosting website.

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • Full name and email address
  • Contact number
  • Title of your photo
  • Which category you are entering (Sustainable South West or Sustainable Plymouth)
  • If you’re a staff, student or a member of the public

Winners will be announced Monday 5 June 2017.

Terms and conditions are available on the website

Cultural Innovation International Prize

From the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona we are launching the second edition of the Cultural Innovation International Prize. The theme for this edition is CLIMATE CHANGE

How can we tackle the challenges of climate change from the cultural sphere? The second award of the Cultural Innovation International Prize encourages projects that offer imaginative and effective solutions to one of the biggest global problems of the 21st century.

The Prize is open to cultural innovative projects that raise awareness about climate change. The proposal must empower and involve society actively in commitment to environmental responsibility.

The winning project will be included in the exhibition “After the End of the World” (October 2017)

Check all the information of the Prize

Regen SW’s Art and Green Energy Award – £1000 prize

Sponsored by Institution of Civil Engineers


Regen SW’s Green Energy Awards are now in the 13th year and have been recognising and celebrating the achievements of pioneers and projects in the sustainable energy industry.

Over the past 3 years, Regen SW has been developing an arts and energy programme and now, for the first time, they are awarding an Arts and Green Energy Award with a prize of £1000.

The Green Energy Awards are one of Regen SW’s most popular events and we hope that this award will raise awareness of arts and energy practice and the opportunities that these projects present across the sustainable energy sector. Around 300 guests attend the dinner and tickets always sell out really fast.

Arts and Green Energy Award – Prize of £1000

This award is designed to recognise the crucial role that creative practitioners play in challenging, deepening and broadening the energy debate. We welcome nominations from a range of art-forms

  1. Tell us about this arts and energy project
  2. How has the project engaged audiences / participants?
  3. What is the project’s legacy
  4. What is the significance of the project on a county, regional or national level?

How to enter

1)  The first stage is a short 250 word nomination by 8 September 2016

Fill in the form on Regen SW’s website, including your 250 words on why your project should receive the Arts and Green Energy Award 2016.  TIP – take a look at the criteria above!

2) You will be notified by email on the 12 September 2016 if you are through to the next round where you are required to provide a full nomination with supporting evidence by 26 September 2016.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony at The Assembly Rooms in Bath on 29 November 2016. 

We will profile as many of the projects that are nominated as possible on www.power-culture.com and Regen SW’s community energy accelerator network


Other award categories include:

  • Most Proactive Public Sector Organisation
  • Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year
  • Best Business Innovation
  • Best Renewable Energy Scheme
  • South West Sustainable Energy Champion, sponsored by The Crown Estate
  • Best Energy Efficiency Building Scheme
  • Best Community Initiative, sponsored by SSEPD

The Institution of Civil Engineers are proud sponsors of this award that comes at the launch of the ICE Arts and Energy 200 – Bicentenary celebration project. This competition to create art the generates electricity is being developed in collaboration with Land Art Generator Initiative.

ICE art and energy 200

You can find out more about this competition at ‘Feeding the Insatiable’ – a creative summit November 9-11 2016 in Dartington, Devon

LAGI 2016 Santa Monica Opens January 1st with $15,000 First Prize


The LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE is pleased to announce that our fourth biennial design competition will launch on January 1st, 2016 with the City of Santa Monica as a site partner. The winning proposal will take home the $15,000 USD prize award presented at GREENBUILD 2016.

On January 1st, the complete design brief and all of the supplemental information that you’ll need will be found at landartgenerator.org/designcomp. Please forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested in participating.

LAGI 2016 will invite you to design a site-specific public artwork that generates clean electricity and/or drinking water for Southern California at a utility scale. The site includes the breakwater adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, and it offers the opportunity to utilize wave and tidal energy as well as wind, solar, and other technologies.

The competition is open to anyone and there is no fee to enter! Past participants have included artists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, and scientists, working in interdisciplinary teams of up to 20 people, or sometimes alone. We’ve also had wonderful (and sometimes winning) proposals come in from university design studios of all sorts that use the LAGI brief as their spring semester design challenge.

When you enter the LAGI design competition, you join a growing network of conscientious designers who are taking a proactive role in fighting climate change while beautifying our cities and landscapes. We are now calling on past participants (regardless of winning status) to participate in new design challenges for cities.


As we’ve lerned from past LAGI design competitions, the world is rich with creative and beautiful solutions to the problems of climate change and energy security. This year, in response to the severe drought facing California, we are looking forward seeing design proposals that address sustainable water infrastructures as well.

Follow THIS LINK to see our esteemed list of LAGI 2016 jurors. We are incredibly grateful for their generosity and we look forward to working with them after the May 15, 2016 submission deadline.

We are fortunate to have an amazing list of partners for LAGI 2016, including the CITY OF SANTA MONICA and the SANTA MONICA PIER, GREEN PUBLIC ART CONSULTANCY (we can’t thank Rebecca Ansert Ehemann enough for working with us to bring LAGI to Southern California!), USGBC-LA (the LA Chapter of the US Green Building Council), ARTS:EARTH PARTNERSHIP, MOAH (Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA), and THE BAY FOUNDATION. We’ll be announcing more partners and supporters prior to the January 1st launch.

To get inspired, check out the entire portfolio of past submissions HERE.


Santa Monica has been recognized as one of the TOP TEN SUSTAINABLE CITIES in the United States and we could not have asked for a more supportive site partner.

In addition to our LAGI 2016 competition, we are holding a LAGI 2015–2016 Youth Prize for those aged 18 and below. The Youth Prize is currently open and runs from August 15, 2015 – May 15 2016. Young people can participate on their own, through classrooms, in after school programs, or in teams of their choice! More information can be found HERE.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing your ideas in 2016!


If you appreciate the work that LAGI is doing to promote sustainable development and the arts—both in education and in the built environment—please consider a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFT to help make LAGI 2016 and our educational content possible. Thank you!

* special thanks goes to Schifino Design for the LAGI 2016 logo in the header image at the top of this newsletter.

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