OSCE - Climate change and security Contest Ended

Make people aware of international conflicts and security risks caused by climate change!

Start August 28, 2015 End September 22, 2015 23:59 UTC Deliberation Results October 2015
August 28, 2015
September 22, 2015 23:59 UTC
October 2015


Climate change has moved from being a purely environmental and development issue to one of international security!

Climate change increases the risks of conflicts and social and economic decline at a local, regional and global level. Here are some security issues the states will probably face:

  • conflict over access to natural resources such as water;
  • insecurity of livelihoods, leading to migration;
  • extreme weather events and disasters that increase the potential for political instability;
  • food insecurity leading to social instability;
  • loss of territory due to sea-level rise;
  • reduced efficiency of energy production.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organization, working to ensure peace, democracy and stability. Today, the organization needs your creative thinking to create a stunning visual that will make people aware of the security and conflict risks linked to climate change.

And guess what! The winning entries will be shown during two major events: at a conference on the topic of climate change and security in October 2015 organized by the OSCE and during a big United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015.  So we need amazing visuals to catch the attention of a high-profile audience!

Help us to make the world a better place!

Creative Challenge

Through a stunning visual with a tagline, impress us with an idea that would contribute to raising awareness of security risks linked to climate change.

Go beyond clichés about climate change (extreme weather events and their consequences, such as floods, droughts, heat waves, sea-level rise, etc.) and make people aware of the security and conflict risks explained above.

Think about a visual with a tagline that could be easily shareable through social media networks. We are looking for a strong idea in addition to a beautiful picture. As your work maybe translated in other languages, your tagline should not be written on the visual but a separate text. So please, submit a short description that explains your creative thinking along with your visual.

Your entry may include the OSCE logo and logotype provided in the guidelines below.

Participants in this contest are restricted to the 57 OSCE participating states and our Asian and Mediterranean partner countries.


The examples are only provided to illustrate our expectations. Please do not use them in your submission or it will be rejected.

Example of a good entry: a visual in which we would see a family traveling by foot in the countryside somewhere in the world. They have all their belongings with them and they are running away from something. As a first impression, we believe they were forced into exile after a civil war in their country. Then, we realize they are running away from climate change as the tagline is saying “War isn't the cause for them fleeing but the conflicts due to scarce water are”.

Following this tagline, we would have a sub-sentence sayingMore stories about climate change security risks on www.nameofthecooperation.com”.

Example of a bad entry: a visual that shows a cliché about climate change, such as extreme weather events and their consequences, such as floods, droughts, heat waves, etc. It is a bad one, as it doesn’t show the security risks from climate change. Also, it is not seen as content that could be easily shareable through social networks.


Jury's Prize

  • #1 Prize €1,000
  • #2 Prize €600
  • #3 Prize €400


PDF with 1 visual + 1 tagline + 1 short description of your idea - 2 pages max

Winning Criteria

The ideal entry will show that security risks and international conflicts could be caused by climate change.


Guidelines for this contest

  • Participants to this contest are restricted to the 57 OSCE participating states and partner countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia Afghanistan, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea;
  • Submit a visual with a tagline (the tagline is mandatory) and a short description;
  • Your entry should avoid clichés about climate change;
  • You must respect the OSCE’s logo and logotype - you can download them here;
  • The final visual should have a good quality of creative execution and be social-media friendly;
  • The entry should not finger-point at any country, culture, or community. This means that it should not show any country flags, city or country names, any map and borders, any political leader, etc.;
  • The entry should not be violent in nature;
  • The entry should not promote racism, xenophobia, homophobia or any other forms of intolerance or discrimination;
  • Entries can be in any language if the short description is translated into English.

eYeka standard guidelines

  • Do not show any personal details in the entry (name, contact number, e-mail address, etc.).
  • Keep the source files / working files of your entry until the winners have been announced as they may be needed.
  • Your participation must comply with the rules you accepted when you joined the contest.
  • Your entry has to be your own work to be considered into the contest. If you have included protected elements (music, photographs, designs, fonts, etc.), make sure to fill in the Legal Information section when you upload. You may be asked to provide the authorizations and licenses to use such elements.
  • You must be able to provide the written authorizations from each of the authors and actors who have contributed to the entry.
  • Do not depict sexual, violent, religious, political content or any illicit content as per the rules.
  • Any entry that fails to comply with these rules will not be considered for the contest.