RCE Youth Art Challenge Awardees Announced

The Global RCE Service Centre at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), in partnership with UNESCO, is delighted to announce the awardees of this year's 'RCE Youth Art Challenge: From Waste to Art'.

For the third year in a row, the Challenge, which is open to anyone aged 35 or younger worldwide, attracted entries from across the globe, with 212 submissions received from 34 countries.

Focused on the theme of SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), artworks sought to inspire others globally on how to use resources more efficiently, reduce waste, and shift to sustainable consumption and production (SCP). These demonstrated the actions that participants and their local community have been taking in the pursuit of SCP.

Entries included a range of mediums, such as craft work, paintings, sculptures, and digital art, with a selection using locally sourced waste in their creations. 

Please join us in congratulating the awardees for the 2023 RCE Youth Art Challenge: From Waste to Art!

View the awarded artworks here by category:

Full list of 'RCE Youth Art Challenge: From Waste to Art' Awardees

15 years and under category

Outstanding Artwork

  • Henry Yong Wei Wong

Acknowledged Artwork

  • Zahra Malik (RCE Greater Western Sydney)
  • Song Nguyen (RCE Greater Western Sydney)

Honourable Mention

  • Hanyu Yang
  • Nina Takemoto
  • Nhoma Treasure Ezi-Umeonu


16-25 years category

Outstanding Artwork

  • Yuvika Agarwal

Acknowledged Artwork

  • Prudence Heda Masseng
  • Frederick Balmores Galande

Honourable Mention

  • Mohamad Aish Akmal (RCE Kuching)
  • Henry Baligwa
  • Ayazhan Yessenkul


26-35 years category

Outstanding Artwork

  • Evans Maina Ngure

Acknowledged Artwork

  • Alisha Maharjan
  • Jaxton Su

Honourable Mention

  • Anh Cong Le
  • Uyeh Member
  • Yona Mudibo

Watch the video celebrating the Challenge: