EARTH DAY Challenge



Thanks to all who submitted your inspired artwork. We are no longer accepting submissions.

View our Earth Day Challenge Exhibit here

UGA Earth Day Challenge Prompt

Share with us through art how you are connecting with and appreciating the earth, people, or other living creatures during this time of uncertainty, and how this can inspire an even better future.

On April 22, 2020, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

At the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, Gaylord Nelson, US Senator and founder of Earth Day, proclaimed, “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality, and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”

The current pandemic illuminates in new ways the importance of respectful connection with others and the natural systems on which we all depend.

Submission Requirements

Any form of expression is accepted – music, dance, poetry, essay, photography, video, other forms of visual arts, etc.


Submissions accepted in the following categories. Individual art works may be submitted for more than one category (appreciation, awareness, and/or action).


Convey a sense of personal connection with and appreciation for the earth, people, or other living creatures


Illuminate a current issue affecting the health and wellbeing of the earth, people, or other living creatures


Conduct or inspire meaningful action to protect the earth, people, or other living creatures

Entries must be able to be experienced online and in social media.

Works must be completed while following appropriate social and physical distancing in adherence to advice and requirements of both the University System of Georgia and the Centers for Disease Control.

How to Submit

Deadline for submission is Sunday April 19 at midnight.


Any member of the UGA or Athens area community is eligible to submit up to three art works.

If Selected for Online Exhibition

Chosen entries will be shared in virtual exhibits during Earth Week, April 20-24.

Selected entrants may be asked to provide an image and brief bio to be included online and/or in social media.


Winning entries for each category will receive:

  1. Publication and art work featured on the UGA Office of Sustainability website and social media venues.
  2. Earth-friendly lifestyle prize (artist’s choice, pick one):

Awesome Possum Curbside Compost Service

  • $216 value; weekly service for 1 year

Bulldog Bike Share

  • 2 annual memberships (for you and a friend!)
  • $100 value; daily use of electric bike share for 2 people for 1 year

Collective Harvest CSA Membership (weekly small share)

  • Spring-Summer CSA, $192 value, week of May 4 through week of July 20; OR
  • Fall CSA, $240 value; weekly small share, week of August 10 through week of November 16