RCE Youth Biodiversity Art Challenge Awardees Announced

The Global RCE Service Centre at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is pleased to announce the awardees for the RCE Youth Biodiversity Art Challenge!

Held earlier this year in partnership with UNESCO, the challenge was open to anyone aged 35 or younger worldwide.

The challenge put a spotlight on the species, habitats, and ecosystems that we need to work to protect, and asked participants to create works of art with a focus on either SDG 14 (life below water) or SDG 15 (life on land).

Submissions were received across two categories (Animals & Plants and Habitats & Ecosystems), with 39 entries coming from 15 countries, from participants aged under 15 through to 35 years of age. Artworks were expressed through a range of mediums, including drawings, paintings, craft work, digital art, and photographs.

Please join us in congratulating the awardees for the 2022 RCE Youth Biodiversity Art Challenge!

See the awarded artworks here, and watch the video celebrating the Challenge.



Animals & Plants category

Outstanding Artwork

  • Elmi Imellya Yakil (RCE Penang)

Acknowledged Artwork

  • Karina Sayo Uotani

Honourable Mention

  • Aiden Chew 
  • Ian Chew 
  • Chihiro Arakawa 
  • Siti Nursaharah Binti Sabarudin (RCE Penang)

Habitats & Ecosystems category

Outstanding Artwork

  • Maxine Bryant Fratta 


  • Bukunmi Oyewole
  • Emily Dolan 

Honourable Mention

  • Gungun Chauhan (RCE Lucknow)
  • Asif Ahmad Siddiqui (RCE Lucknow)
  • Chidchanoke Kasetpibal