ALDE is the group that stands firm for European values. We believe the European Union is a community of values. ALDE believes values are the outcome of ongoing public debate, of the confrontation of ideas and convictions, of a process shaped, directed and owned by citizens themselves. ALDE puts values first.
Design Competition Rules and Guidelines
The purpose of the competition is to raise greater awareness about the importance of human rights in today’s world and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in particular as well as to underpin and support the UN’s ongoing #StandUp4HumanRights campaign. Participants are invited to express their creative talents via artworks of their choice related to the topics as specified in the Call for competition. The topics are open to individual interpretation but entries must have human rights at their heart.
Who is eligible?
The competition is open to residents living in one of the member states of the European Union. Participants must be 18 years or older.
Interested participants can submit their artwork to illustrate one of the following main topics of the UDHR:
DIGNITY (eg. right to life, no to death penalty, prohibition of torture and slavery)
FREEDOMS (eg. freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and religion, right to privacy, right to asylum)
EQUALITY (eg. non-discrimination, social rights, right to education, equal pay)
Files must be sent electronically.
Deadline for submissions
Entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12.00 CET 01/06/2018.
Deadline extended: 12.00 CET 10/07/2018
Participants must provide their full name, email address, postal code, city and country of residence and ID number
Intellectual Property Rights
All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
As part of submission, participants agree to the waiver of all copyright that will allow ALDE Group to publish their submitted artwork on its website and social media channels, to use these for any promotional purposes ALDE Group deems appropriate, and to allow the submissions and illustrations contained in them to pass into the public domain. No fees will be payable for any use of the artworks. Entrants whose artworks are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity.
The Jury will be composed of Members of the European Parliament from the ALDE Group, members and substitute members of the Committees on Human Rights (DROI).
Throughout June and July 2018 a public vote will be organised via the ALDE Group’s social media channels to draw up a shortlist of best submissions. Subsequently jury members will use their best judgment in selecting the three finalist artworks based on originality, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to human rights. All selection decisions will be final and no correspondence can be entered into. ALDE Group will notify the winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry.
Awards & Exhibition
A selection of the received artworks will be exhibited in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in December 2018 and will be published on the ALDE Group’s social media channels for human rights campaigns.
The three winning artists will be invited to the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg in order to follow the Human Rights Week and meet the Sakharov prize laureate and finalists. Travel to Strasbourg from the place of residence and accommodation expenses (3 hotel nights) will be covered by the ALDE Group.
The ALDE Group reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.
Whilst we are proud of the European single market we have built, Liberals and Democrats believe the European Union is more than just a market, it has been and must remain a values - based community first and foremost. It is our shared values, even more than our shared interests that bind us together. Values, more than anything, are the very heart of European citizenship and the DNA of European identity. The protection of those values and citizens’ rights and freedoms has always been at the core of our European Liberal Democrat family. Values are the very “raison d’ 'être” of ALDE. Now more than ever before. As authoritarianism and nationalism are on the rise once more, and liberal democracy is under attack both from within and from outside the European Union, Liberals and Democrats will stand up to protect democracy, the rule of law, individual freedoms, fundamental rights and indeed the European project itself. For the very purpose of European integration is safeguarding democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. They are one and the same, inseparable. In these times of great uncertainty, insecurity and societal turbulence, it is not easy to defend our shared values. But we have not defined our shared values for fair weather conditions only. It is when conditions are rough, that our convictions are put to the test. Democracy is not for cowards.
The European Union is not only an economic powerhouse, but it has great moral authority in the world. We can be proud our values have inspired many around the world, and many people dream of living in the kind of free, fair, stable and democratic society we have in Europe. So much so that others see our values as a threat, something they seek to destroy. Democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights are not just ideals. They are essential for the functioning of the European Union in all policy areas. Without democracy, our public authorities would lack the legitimacy needed to make good public policies. Social justice is a precondition for a stable climate for investment and development. Respect for fundamental rights is vital for common migration policies and police cooperation. The rule of law is absolutely essential for the internal market and investor confidence. Our common standards on democracy, the rule of law and human rights are the corner stones of our foreign and security policies. ALDE is the group that stands firm for European values. We believe the European Union is a community of values.