World Resources Forum Asia-Pacific 2015

Art Competition - Imagining the circular economy

This competition is open to photographers and visual communication artists to submit their photographs, drawing and digital image depicting the model of circular economy.  We encourage students and industry to take part in all regions of Australia. 

Six Principles of circular economy


Your pieces will aim to demonstrate in visual form what a circular economy looks like in reality, creation or imagination.

Show how your community is going beyond the ‘take – make – dispose’ idea, or how you have identified ways your community could improve on ecological and social practices. What could a circular economy look like in your local area, businesses, school, streets, or community. 

You, the creative, are invited to showcase your work at the
World Resources Forum Asia-Pacific, on the 1–3 June 2015 held at the University of Technology Sydney.

A game of circularity that was designed to show how consideration, or lack of, to the longevity of a product, could take a train on different tracks.

Read more about the circular economy  

Selection of visual pieces

The shortlisted pieces will be exhibited at the forum held at the Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney.
Formal judging will take place prior to the 1st June where 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at the Forum.
A ‘People’s Choice’ winner will be announced at a later date, voted by the forum attendees. Those shortlisted, and the winners will be determined by the following criteria:

  • the aesthetic appeal and quality;
  • the art piece’s success in communicating the concept of circular economy, and;
  • the artist’s ability to address the success of, or vision for your current local area’s circular economy.

The winners' works will be used in promotional material and communication platforms; including publications, websites, documents, presentations and videos to encourage discussions related to the circular economy.

Competition dates                                                               

Opens on Monday 30th March 2015.
Closes on Friday 22nd May 2015

Submission guidelines                      

Submission per art piece is $10.00 (submission fee will cover exhibition and printing of art pieces)
Submit max. two (2) photographs* or/and
Submit one (1) drawing# or/and
Submit one (1) digital image^

Requirements for photographs, drawings and digital images

Your images are to be at 3:2 ratio; 300dpi; max. 3508 pixels x 4961 pixels; max. 3MB file saved as .jpg or .jpeg compressed at 8 quality in Photoshop.

Send a photograph of your drawing for the selection process. Please follow the photographs requirements for submission. If shortlisted, your will be asked to post your art piece for the exhibition by Tuesday, 26th May.

^Digital images
Your images are to be at Adobe RGB; 300dpi; max. 4961 pixels x 7016 pixels; max. 3MB file saved as .jpg or .jpeg, or .pdf
Vector images are a max. 3MB in .pdf. No layers. No transparency. Flattened images only. Only PDFs are to be sent via email to

To enter competition CLICK here

All .jpg and .jpeg photographs, drawings and digital images are to be uploaded online during the registration process. Only PDF to be sent via email to  Registration process applies for all entries.

Judging Panel

Bas de Leeuw 
Managing Director, World Resources
Forum and former UNEP diplomat. Circular economy expert.
Paul Sutton 
M.Design (Research);  Lecturer in Photography and Design at UTS.
Aleta Lederwasch 
Research Consultant, Sustainability Art
Research at Institute for Sustainable Futures. Award-winning fine artist.
Simona Galimberti
Main coordinator of
‘Imagining the circular economy’ competition, ISF. Award-winning photographer
Anita Marosszxeky
Associate Fellow School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, UTS


1st winner adult prize - $250 voucher towards your local green business making a difference.
1st winner student prize - $100 voucher to spend at Art on King, Newtown and an Art Book valued at $50.
People's Choice Award$150 worth of art classes at the Art on King, Newtown and an Art Book valued at $50.

Conditions of entry

  • The competition main organiser is the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.
  • By submitting an entry, the entrant indicates their acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • The competition is open to all individuals from schools, and university students and industry around Australia.  Entrants under 18 years of age must have the permission of their parent/guardian to enter and provide contact details for their parent/guardian with their entry.
  • To enter the competition, the entrant must submit an image (please refer to Requirements for photographs, drawings and digital images) in electronic form via the website by Friday 22nd May 2015.
  • All images submitted must be the original work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition.
  • The entrant warrants that any image they submit has been created with the permission of the subject and does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any other Australian law. If the subject of the image is under 18 years of age, the entrant is must submit a letter of permission from the subjects parent or guardian.
  • By submitting an entry, the entrant warrants that the photograph they are submitting is their own work, that they own the copyright and that they have all the necessary rights to grant any licence under these conditions of entry.
  • Any image that is inappropriate or contains vulgarity will be disqualified from the competition at the discretion of the competition organisers.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The entrant agrees that the competition organiser is not responsible for against any loss, damage or expense (whether direct or consequential) arising from the entrant’s participation in the competition however caused. The indemnity includes, but is not limited to, any loss caused by the use or non-receipt of any prize or damage to any prize.
  • One photo and/or one drawing and/or one digital image can be entered by a single entrant, allowing three works by one entrant to be entered into the competition. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility will be accepted by the organisers for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. 
  • All entrants will be notified if they are shortlisted in the competition on Tuesday, 26th May 2015 by email.  All shortlisted pieces will be placed on display on at World Resources Forum, Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney on 1-2 June 2015.
  • The People’s Choice award will be awarded to the image voted by the attendees at the World Resources Forum as their most favoured work. The People’s Choice award recipient will be notified after the conference.
  • The entrant grants to the competition organiser (UTS) and the other partners to the World Resources Forum (being those entities listed as partners on the event website on the closing date) a non-exclusive, free, world-wide, irrevocable, perpetual licence (including the right to sub-licence) to use, reproduce and publish any image submitted to the competition for marketing, publicity, advocacy and promotional materials in relation to the competition, the World Resources Forum, related research work and other related purposes only (for example, publishing on an internet site or use in a related research report that discusses ideas on the theme of the competition).  The marketing, publicity, advocacy and promotional materials referred to include but are not limited to displays at the exhibition at the World Resources Forum, publications, websites, presentations and videos. For the avoidance of doubt, this licence does not extend to the use of a submitted image for unrelated commercial purposes.
  • The artist will retain copyright in any image that they submit for the competition. Any exercise of the licence above will not infringe the moral rights of the entrant.
  • The entrant agrees to indemnify the competition organiser against any loss or damage resulting from any breach of the warranties in these conditions of entry.
  • It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules.

Contact Simona Galimberti at

Main prize giver: Art on King, Newtown