On the occasion of World Environment Day this year, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organised a creative competition to encourage climate action and awareness among youth.
In alignment with the UN's theme of ecosystem restoration for World Environment Day this year, through this competition, BYLC aimed to encourage youth in Bangladesh to reflect on climate change, restoration, and effects of the climate crisis on future generations, said a press release.
The virtual competition called for entries by Bangladesh-based creators between the ages of 18-35 in three subcategories: art, photography, and writing.
Hosted on BYLC's official Facebook page, the competition required participants to express their views on the climate crisis. Three were selected winners out of over 500 artworks, written work, and photography submissions from all over Bangladesh.
Tianna Ashik Prapti, a fourth-year student at Khulna University, won in the Art category; Gari Hridoy, a fourth-year student at Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUET), won in the Photography category; and Md. Asif Uddin, a first-year student at Premier University in Chattogram, won in the Writing category.
The jury panel included Sayeef Mahmud, an illustrator also known as Inksmith and visual lead for HerStory Foundation, Mrittika Anan Rahman, sub-editor at SHOUT, The Daily Star, and Towkir Ahmed, photographer at FRAME.
Participants also signed the Global Youth Climate Commitment, a pledge coordinated by BYLC and co-created by young people, encouraging youth around the world to adopt sustainable decisions and behaviours in their everyday life to promote climate action.