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Winner of Inaugural ADSW Global Digital Art Competition Announced

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  • Competition received hundreds of submissions from artists around the world, with overall winner from Spain chosen from shortlist of three
  • Artwork focused on impacts of climate change and the urgent need for climate action
  • Awarding Ceremony took place during the ADSW Summit, held during the Special Edition of ADSW at COP28

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), a global initiative championed by the UAE and its clean energy powerhouse Masdar, today announced the winner of its inaugural Global Digital Art Competition, harnessing the power of visual creativity to communicate the urgency of addressing climate change through the creative, dynamic and diverse medium of digital art.

With an overarching theme of preserving the planet, the competition invited emerging and established artists of all ages from across the globe to create original digital artworks that align with COP28’s crucial climate action themes. Artists were asked to capture how precious and vulnerable the planet is to raise awareness about climate change and inspire climate action.

The overall winning artwork by artistic duo Nastplas, was announced during the awards ceremony at the ADSW Summit, the anchor event of the ADSW Special Edition at COP28. Artworks from the competition will be displayed across various events of the ADSW Special Edition.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar, said: “The ADSW Global Digital Art Competition is a powerful reminder that climate action must be a collective effort. Launched in 2008, ADSW embodies this idea, as a global initiative championed by the UAE and Masdar that continues to facilitate the growth of partnerships and cooperation toward climate action. I would like to thank all artists who took part in the competition and congratulate the three finalists who were able to join us here at COP28 in the UAE.”

The Competition’s selection committee consisted of: Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, Masdar; Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art; Daria Prodaevich, Managing Director of the Theatre of Digital Art; Rita Magnus, who leads Arts and Culture Programming at COP28, as well as Emirati artists Diaa Allam, Khalil Abdulwahid and Sultan Al Ramahi.

Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, Masdar said: “Art has the power to focus our attention and create change. 33 percent of artworks submitted were created with AI, and 55 percent of submissions received were from women. These numbers reiterate that inclusive cooperation is vital – all voices to achieve climate action are needed. On behalf of the Selection Committee, I would like to congratulate the winner and thank all the artists who submitted artworks from across the globe.”

ADSW continues to play a critical role in maintaining worldwide climate momentum at COP28, by enabling impactful and inclusive dialogue between all global stakeholders, translating pledges into practical solutions for a net-zero future.

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