The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit their work for the first online art competition designed to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change. More than 1,000 artists from around the globe made submissions through deviantART.com

As Agnes Gund, art expert and one of the judges for the Contest said, “There is probably no issue more important facing us today then how we are affecting our environment. The CoolClimate Art Contest is a smart and engaging way to compel artists to influence and communicate the critical issue of climate change. Art has the power to persuade on a deeply emotional level, sometimes more effectively than grafts or numbers or datasheets.”

The top 5 Climate Artists of 2010 as determined by popular vote are:

:bulletblue: 1st place:  No Pollution Please by Chris-Lamprianidis (Greece)
:bulletblue: 2nd place: AIR by jeffreydurden (Bolivia)
:bulletblue: 3rd place: Oil Spill Duck Sculpture by livesteel (USA)
:bulletblue: 4th place:  Don’t Trash It by The Starkman Group (USA)
:bulletblue: 5th place: Tick Tock by julietmciver (USA)

Congratulations! You can find these top five winners listed proudly on our group's home page.

The winners will be honored October 7th at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, featured on the Planet Green Planet100 show and distributed at key global warming events for 350.org's international day of climate action on 10/10/10. Environmental organizations and 350.org organizers worldwide are being provided with an image tool kit that offers 10 ideas for using the CoolClimate Art finalists in their ongoing climate change communications.

The winning images include reference to a range of issues related to climate change problems and solutions.  Van Jones, environmental activist and judge for the Contest stated, "These powerful images speak to the air, water, and earth that sustains us, and reveal the perils arising from our addiction to coal and oil. Human ingenuity created these problems; human creativity - on full display here - can get us out.  I encourage all environmental activists to use these images in their ongoing climate change communications."

Now that the winners have been announced, we want to encourage you to take some important next steps.  The 20 Finalists have volunteered their work to be used to raise awareness about the issue of climate change.  We've supplied you with 10 ways you can use climate change art, which you can find in downloadable PDF format here.  Please remember that you should always credit the original artist when using these works.

If you want to share an overview of this contest with your family and friends, please see this link, where you can download a PDF file that explains the CoolClimate art contest in depth.

Artists are encouraged to continue to submit their creations to the CoolClimate project to connect with one another and share their work with the public.  We will be opening up a new folder in the Gallery for all climate change related art, giving you an opportunity to showcase your environmental art!

Congratulations once again to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated! :)
The Finalists for the CoolClimate Art Contest have been chosen, thanks to the help of our celebrity judges listed below!  You can see the Finalists listed in this folder.  Congratulations to these amazing artists, and we're tremendously grateful for all the work everyone has put into creating their pieces for this contest.  Well done!

Now's your chance to decide the winners!

At this point, the Finalists have been listed on the Huffington Post, and this is your opportunity to decide which piece you think should win!

All you need to do is to go to this link, browse through the entries, and vote on a scale of 1-10 how iconic you think the piece is.  Remember, the purpose of this contest is to raise awareness about climate change through identifying and celebrating iconic images and to inspire people to be involved in the discussion.

The winners will be announced on October 7 in Washington, DC at the Center for American Progress, on the Huffington Post and, of course, right here on deviantART.  Winners will also be featured on the Planet Green Planet 100 web show.

The winning five images will be given out to top environmental leaders and attendees of 350.org's international day of climate action on 10/10/10 in a toolkit that will help them communicate the urgency of climate change.

The first place winner will also receive the opportunity to blog about their experience on the Huffington Post!

Now's the time to get to voting! Please get your friends and family involved in this important issue, and good luck to all our Finalists!
We are all tremendously impressed with both the number and quality of the submissions made to the CoolClimate project and are deeply grateful for the level of commitment they represent to the preservation of the environment.  Many thanks to each and every one of you.

We have officially started the judging process. The first stage of judging will produce 50 semi-finalists.  The semi-finalists will be turned over to the panel of distinguished judges listed on the home page who will select 20 finalists and at least 5 alternates.  

If your entry is one of the provisional 20 finalists, you will receive from deviantART a Note and an email asking that you confirm for us your contact information.  We expect to send the emails and Notes by September 23, 2010 so keep a sharp eye out for it.  The Note goes to your deviantART account message center and the email will be sent to the address you provided at sign up.         

The 20 finalists then will be placed on the huffingtonpost.com for public voting to determine the five winners.  The panel will also select the first, second, and third place U.S. entries which will be announced separately.

You will want to get all of your friends, family and watchers involved in the voting on huffingtonpost.com.  We will post the link to the voting page right here as soon as it goes live.

Good luck to you all and once again our deepest thanks for your participation in this important effort.
Thank you, everybody, for your submissions. So many of you have posted great art that could serve as an icon on the issue of climate change.  We have extended the deadline to Monday, September 6.  Please tell your friends to submit an image.  We need all the creativity we can get on this issue.
How to Upload a CoolClimate Art Submission on deviantART

Step 1. Join the Group: coolclimate.deviantart.com
In order to do so, you will need to be signed into your deviantART account. If you don't yet have a deviantART account, it's simple and just takes a seconds: www.deviantart.com/join/

Step 2. Click on the "Contribute Art" button. And enter a title for your work of art. If it doesn't have a name, use "Untitled."

Step 3. Select a Category to describe what kind of art you are submitting. Choose only from the following 3 options  for your main category -- Digital Art, Photography, or Traditional Art.  We only accept submissions from those three categories:



Step 4. Make sure that the "CoolClimate" checkbox is selected, and under the "Submit to..." drop-down chose whether your submission originates from the United States or is International:



Step 5. Select the work you would like to submit. The image must be at least 400 pixels wide and 400 pixels high, and we accept file sizes up to 10 MB. In the text field please take a moment to describe the inspiration behind your piece, and below that add any descriptive keywords that apply.

Step 6. You're almost done. Just make sure "Contains Mature Content" is set to 'No' (We are not able to accept pieces that contain extreme violence or nudity).  And leave the default "Choose License" (This ensures people will not use or modify your work during the contest). Read the policy statement and click 'Submit.'

You're done! You may submit up to 3 works of art.  Note: Please do not submit your work for the print shop yet until the contest is complete.
Good luck and thank you for your submissions to the 2010 CoolClimate Art Contest!