The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to launch the latest edition of the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2022. This competition aims to provide young people with an opportunity to use their creative and problem-solving skills to raise awareness about World Heritage sites.
The World Heritage Education Programme is welcoming secondary school pupils and youth to create storyboards on the theme for this year’s competition. The best submission will be selected by an independent jury and professionally produced into animated films for global distribution to schools and at World Heritage education events.
Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures cartoon series is a flagship activity carried out under the World Heritage Education Programme, since 2002. The cartoon series aims to raise awareness of the importance of heritage preservation among the youth, through a “by young people, for young people” approach, inviting them to convey the message of World Heritage preservation to their peers.
So far, 14 episodes of Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures have been produced and are available to the greater public through the UNESCO World Heritage Website and the UNESCO social media channels.
The character of Patrimonito was created on the basis of the World Heritage Emblem by a group of Spanish-speaking students at the First World Heritage Youth Forum held in Bergen, Norway in 1995. Patrimonito means “small heritage” in Spanish and represents a young heritage guardian.
Patrimonito has since then been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme. Since 2002, Patrimonito is also the main character of the Patrimonito´s World Heritage Adventures cartoon series.
Storyboard Competition Theme: World Heritage and Climate Change
Climate change is the defining issue of their time and among the greatest threats facing cultural and natural heritage today. Many of the natural sites and cultural heritage sites inscribed on the Worle Heritage List are currently threatened by climate change.
In recent months and years, they have seen cultural and natural heritage sites, including many World Heritage sites, threatened by wildfires, floods, storms and mass-bleaching events. Climate change puts living heritage – oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, festive events, and traditional knowledge – at risk as well. As climate change leads to displacement and forced migration, entire ways of life risk being lost forever.
While this challenge of Climate Change is monumental, one can also take inspiration from heritage towards climate action. World Heritage properties also harbour options for society to mitigate and adapt to climate change through the ecosystem benefits, such as water and climate regulation. Cultural heritage, on the other hand, can convey traditional knowledge that builds resilience for change to come and leads us to a more sustainable future. It is hence crucial for all generations to help raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on human societies and cultural diversity, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the world’s natural and cultural heritage.
In this context, we invite young people from around the world to reflect on the pressing issue of Climate Change, its impact on the World Heritage sites around them, and the solutions or measures in their opinion, that would help address these challenges.
They invite young people from around the world to reflect on
- the pressing issue of Climate Change,
- its impact on the World Heritage sites around them,
- solutions or measures in their opinion, that would help address these challenges.
- The Patrimonito storyboard competition is open to young people from all over the world aged between 12 and 18 years old.
- The artworks must be created solely by the participant(s), either by hand or using digital drawing tools.
- Preparing a storyboard is like drawing a comic book. It is a script that presents a story through sketches in chronological sequence. Usually, a storyboard is drawn in pencil, ink, or through digital drawing tools. The images or visual illustrations of the story are portrayed using a series of frames.
- The story and drawing should reflect: the participant’s knowledge of the World Heritage site they have chosen and the exceptional value of the site, a challenge/problem faced by the site based on the impacts of Climate Change, and the solution or measures proposed by the participant to the challenge/problem.
- Blank storyboard worksheets should be used for drawing the cartoons. The worksheets give the participants a series of frames that will show the development of the action or story.
- the scanned copies must be submitted by email OR the original copies (in case of hand-drawn entries) or the print versions (in case of digital artworks) must be submitted by postal mail to UNESCO. Participants may also choose to submit their entries through their countries’ National Commissions for UNESCO.
- The scanned version of the storyboards should be sent to the World Heritage Centre by email: [email protected]
- The original copies (in case of hand-drawn entries) or the print versions (in case of digital artworks) must be submitted to the attention of:Ms Ines Yousfi
Focal Point, World Heritage Education Programme
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
7, place de Fontenoy,
75352 Paris 07 SP France
- The participants may also choose to submit their entries through their countries’ National Commissions for UNESCO.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link