Eco Arts Award

Eco Arts AwardDeadline: 30 November 2011

Open to: international

E•col•o•gy – the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

What is ?

It is an annual competition in six creative genres. The primary criteria to win the $1,000 prize in any of the categories will be based on your inspired interpretation of the meaning of Ecology. The meaning can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. We are interested in your interpretation! If you are not already familiar with the term ‘deep ecology’, please look it up! Ecology in the broadest sense is about “everything”. In the awareness of “everything” how does one thing effect the other thing? Chunking that down to specifics, can a love song be included in this competition? Yes, but we are wanting to hear something that goes a little further, like how does your love, your heart ache contribute or distract from deep ecology? This competition is a platform to uphold higher artistic vision. We want you to have fun pushing your own capabilities to their highest potential. Why? The world needs your inspiration. Human beings are the stewards of this planet, and artists have a very strong contribution to make. Bring it.

We are offering a total of $6,000 in cash or $1,000 for the first place winner in each category Our professional panel of jurors will select the winners for each category from approximately ten finalists. Bookmark this site and return in the New Year to vote for Peoples Choice!

Urging artists to use their talent to create a world of difference.

Entry Fee is $30


Songwriting, LiteraturePhotography, Fine Art, 

Rules and Guidelines

There are six categories in which anyone can enter to win cash, prizes, national and international recognition. Each of the six categories has its own panel of expert jurors who will evaluate and select the winners of that particular category. There is an entry fee for each work entered. You may enter as many different works as you wish.

It is important that you read the specific entry criteria for each category to know what format you will need to submit your work in. There will be no refunds or returns if your entry did not meet the format guidelines. You will receive a confirmation email that your entry was successfully received. EAA is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, and incomplete entries.

You can MAIL YOUR ENTRY to the following address:

Eco Arts Awards

224 Aurora Drive

Asheville, N.C. 28805

Our Early Bird Entry fee is $25 per individual work prior to September 30th, 2011. After that date the normal entry fee is $30 up to our final deadline of November 30th, 2011.

If you have any problems with uploading entries via our online entry form, please contact our webmaster.

No artworks, cd’s, photographs or slides will be returned to the entrant. It is your responsibility to make sure that your entry is viewable and listenable. Again, please note the format requirements for each category as listed below. You will maintain copyright ownership of your entry. However, it is hereby understood that your entry will be viewed and or listened to by an EAA screening committee who will select the finalists. All finalists will then go to its respective panel of expert jurors. All finalist works, and bio will be posted on this website for public viewing and voting for our ‘People’s Choice’ competition. It is also understood that should you be selected as a finalist and win, that Eco Arts Awards will use your image to promote you and the competition. We will have a separate letter of agreement that will need to be signed that gives specifics on how your image may be used for promotional purposes only.

The “Early Bird” entry fee is $25, if you submit your work(s) prior to September 30th, 2011. After September 30th the regular entry fee is $30. The final deadline will be November 30th, 2011. You can enter as many different works as you wish.

Eco Arts Awards reserves the right to extend the entry deadline and modify the entry fee at any time. Entry fees paid prior to modification are not effected

All entries will be judged first and foremost on its thematic originality, secondarily on the specific qualities unique to its category and or genre. Please read the jurors comments for each category.

All entries submitted must be original and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. All entries may have multiple collaborators, but only one name should be designated on the entry form. Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold Eco Arts Awards LLC harmless from any claims of copyright infringement. All finalists will be required to sign an affidavit that their work is original to them.

EAA is open to all amateur and professional artists. Employees of EAA, its families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old, the signature of a parent or guardian is required on our downloadable pdf entry form, and must be mailed in to us before entry is approved.

Eco Arts Awards Category Infomation


What the world needs now is more songs about … the world! This is a call out to all song writers who are moved to write about their desire to see our planet and all its inhabitants survive and thrive. Please read the blurb on the home page to get more of an idea as to what we are looking for. Write a song the whole world will benefit from hearing!

Selection criteria to be a finalists, and or achieve first, second or third place will be:

  • Orginality and impact of ecological theme.
  • Lyrics
  • Melody
  • Arrangement
  • Production/Record Quality and vocal ability are not criteria

Please use the upload field in our entry form to submit your entry. If you are mailing in a CD, please have all entries on one CD. Please make sure your CD is MP3 format. It is important to write out the lyrics for each song entered, double spaced. You can mail in your lyrics or upload on entry form. We are excepting all songs in any genre i.e. Rock, Pop, Country/Americana, Folk, Blues, etc.


This category includes, poetry, essays, short stories, novella’s, and fully developed blog posts.  The recommended maximum word length for essays and or short stories or novella’s is 5,000 words.  Essay’s, can be academic or personal inquiry. Novella’s and shorts stories can be fact or fiction. Poems can be of any type. Blogs of course need to be thematic but we are hoping to capture some of the more cutting edge thoughts in this new genre of writing. All Literary entries must be typed in 12 point type and double spaced. Times Roman is the recommended font. Make sure your name, the title of your written work, your phone number and email address are included.

All literary pieces may be mailed to:

Eco Arts Awards
224 Aurora Drive
Asheville, N.C. 28805

You can also upload written works on our entry form.

Selection criteria for winning entries in the literature category will be:

  • Thematic impact  (and relevance to ecological issues)
  • Originality and artistry of voice, style, language and imagery
  • Technique (structure, language, poetic and literary devices)


Calling all photographers, professional and amateurs. We want to see the world through your lens. Eco Arts Awards is searching for unique visions and images that will have an impact on how we view our world, and perhaps inspire us to take better care of it with all of its inhabitants.

The categories for photography are:

  • Personal Vision (this includes a fine art approach and manipulated images will be accepted)
  • Documentary/Journalism

Criteria for photography awards

  • Thematic impact (and relevance to ecological issues)
  • Originality and artistry of expression, style, elements of the media and imagery
  • Technique (composition, artistic language and skills)

Please send us digital images of your works in JPEG format with a minimum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum of 768 pixels. Make sure that you put a title and your name on each work, and on the entry form. You are allowed up to 200 words to describe your work.

Fine Art

This category can include paintings, mixed media, drawings with any medium, sculpture, installations, and of course environmental interactions.

Please do not mail in any original art, only images of your work. It is recommended that if you are mailing your entry please use slides. Do not send more than one slide per 2 dimensional piece, but if your work is 3 dimensional you may submit up to 4 slides. Our mailing address is:

Eco Arts Awards
224 Aurora Drive
Asheville, N.C 28805

You can also upload images from our entry form.  It is important to ZIP multiple images as we can only accept one item at a time. The image formats we will be using are jpeg, jpg and png. Your images should be 72 dpi.

Selection criteria for winning entries in the functional art category will be:

  • Thematic impact (and relevance to ecological issues)
  • Original use of the media
  • Technique particular to your chosen media
  • materials used; did you use recycled, repurposed material’s and non-toxic materials wherever possible?

Repurposed Materials in Art & Design

The category was originally called Functional Art, however when Lloyd Herman accepted our invitation to be a juror we of course asked for his advise as to what would be a more appropriate and current name. He offered a few suggestions and we mutually decided on Repurposed Materials in Art & Design. So this is where all craftspeople, functional artists, and masters extraordinaire can reach for their highest potential. We will simply let your imagination be the guideline.

Selection criteria:

  • Thematic impact (and relevance to ecological issues)
  • Originality and artistry of style and imagery
  • Technique and skill
  • Materials (did you use recycled and earth friendly materials where possible)

Please send us digital images of your works in JPEG format with a minimum width of 1440 pixels and a maximum of 2880 pixels. If your work is three dimensional you may send up to four photos of the one work, otherwise if it is two dimensional please give us your best one shot! Make sure that you put a title and your name on each work, and on the entry form. You are allowed up to 200 words to describe your work, and the materials you used, this will be available on the entry form.

Short Videos

Calling all videographers, amateurs and professionals. Film is a powerful medium of expression. We are expecting a lot to come from this category. We are hoping that you will actually create a short film/video of no more than fifteen minutes in length, specific to this competition, if you do not already have something in your library. To light a fire of inspiration and have some fun, perhaps think along this line, what if it were up to ‘you’ to save the world with your film for this competition, and you knew everyone in the world was going to watch it! What is the story you want to tell? We are more interested in your message than in the quality of your production, though it is a given that your message will have more impact, if the quality is good.

You can enter as many videos as you wish.

Selection criteria:

  • Thematic impact (and relevance to ecological issues)
  • Originality and artistry of voice, style, elements, of the media and imagery
  • Technique (composition, skill, editing)

Any video entry must be hosted by Youtube. Please use the youtube video link field in the entry form.

Eco Arts Awards is a collaborative volunteer effort. We are using our own resources of time and money to make this happen. Investors and sponsors are welcome if you are truly in line with our mission, which is to utilize creativity to expand and enrich consciousness in culture for a more healthy ecology. On the practical side, we are wanting to inspire more and more artists to use their talent, inspiration, passion and even a sense of humor, to help us all see through to a better way to co-habitat.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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