GENIUS Art raises public awareness to take action on global environmental problems and solutions.

Each GENIUS Art project (except short movie) can be prepared and presented by only one student. Short movie projects can be prepared and presented by up to two students. Please note that Short movie project durations are limited to 6 minutes now. 


ART | Photography

Photojournalistic, documentary, experimental, or expressive, photography in all of its machinations can be used to inspire, inform, motivate, and otherwise provide the viewer with a distinct experience related to environmental issues.  GENIUS photography encompasses a wide variety of artwork which uses the environment and all its many aspects, including human impacts on nature, which is a lot more realistic and more in accordance to what we see around us, as their subject.

Turning your lens toward a scene of decay, pollution and photographing it in a way that induces an emotional reaction in the viewer can probably do more to help protect the wilderness than a photograph of a pristine landscape will. By supporting the power of photographic storytelling, we motivate society to make a positive change to raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography.

GENIUS photography should (but not limited to) express the way natural systems respond and do not respond with the environmental issues, express a sense of frustration about the world we live in, express changes society made through construction, pollution, and land-management policies, and express actions of moments within cities, human environment, and nature to raise awareness.


ART | Short Film

Rich with a variety of stories and purposes, sequential imagery has been used for over 200 years to capture and hold the public’s attention. Short films and animations have been a popular choice for the artist with a vision best shared as a sequence. With the arrival of short digital video, this art form has exploded and gone viral, thanks to online sites such as YouTube.

Whether informative, expressive, or affirmative, GENIUS Olympiad is seeking animated, live action, or documentary short films shorter than six minutes that transport the viewer into the scene, create an emotional change with the scene, and motivates and informs the viewer towards any global or local environmental issue. Here is an example of award-winning GENIUS Short Film examples:  "2017" "2017-2" "2016"


ART | Poster Design

Posters have been used for centuries for these purposes, and have been instrumental in transforming and reshaping societies around the world. Whether affirmative or challenging, GENIUS Olympiad is seeking posters that can inform the public and encourage action or change as well as give new social and political forms visual shape and an imagined personality.

A GENIUS poster should motivate to think differently about the things that people may be learning or doing about environment, should aim to create a behavioral change regarding environmental problems (local or global) such as global warming, water (pollution or usage), air pollution or quality, waste management (reduce, reuse, and recycle), energy, etc. For professional examples, please visit "Environmental Awareness Posters" or "environment awareness campaign" or "others"



  • Application: Art projects (except Short Film) can be prepared and submitted by only one student. Short Film projects can be prepared and submitted by two students.
  • Application: You will be required to submit your artwork as part of the application process (submitted by uploading a document within the application system) and a one-page artist statement. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their artwork.
  • Application: Poster art, photography, and satirical illustration projects must submit their artwork in JPEG format with a file size under 5 MB. 
  • Application: Short film projects have to upload their movie on YouTube with following title: "GENIUS Olympiad 2019: Your own title text". The YouTube link must be submitted during the application process within MEDIA LINK.
  • Application: All imagery must be your own work.
  • Application: File names must be in English characters.
  • Application: Short films should be 2-6 minutes in length, and animated, live action, or documentary in style. Short Films which are non-English must include English Subtitles.

  • At the Fair: Printed artwork (for poster art and photography projects) must be 18 x 24 inches to be displayed at the GENIUS Olympiad. GENIUS will provide a black foam board of 22x28 inches for all artwork display. 
  • At the Fair: Short Film projects will be judged in a classroom on a large screen. You must bring your movie on a flash drive. It is advised for you to bring your movie in multiple formats, such as Windows Media Player, Flv, or mp4.
  • At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their projects between application and fair presentation.
  • At the fair: Students are allowed a maximum of 1-2 minutes of statement regarding their artwork. 
  • At the Fair: Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.


GENIUS Art | Judging Criteria

1. Creativity 
2. Composition 
3. Expression of Meaning 
4. Expression of Emotion  
5. Relevance 
6. Quality  
7. Overall Expression 





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