for Countdown

Art and visual communication can change climate change — by sparking our imaginations with visions for a better future, by making complex information understandable, and by inspiring us to act today.

We are inviting creatives around the world to contribute to the climate conversation by sharing their illustrations and photography. Learn more about how you can engage with Countdown through illustration or photography (submissions open mid 2021).

Public art activations

Countdown, in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Fine Acts , has launched a global art activation on climate change. We selected a group of artists — all TED Fellows — to create 10 public art pieces to appear in 10 cities around the world, all kicking off on 10.10.2020.

The goal is to translate key climate issues into artwork that excites people’s imaginations and raise awareness of Countdown. Taken as a whole, the works convey a message of hope and action — that we can change climate change and the work needed to do so is urgent but doable. These projects have the potential to make viewers step up and participate in building a better future.

Open call for illustrations

Figuring Climate Change is an open call for illustration by Countdown and Fine Acts, a global nonprofit creative studio for social impact.

The purpose of this open call — which will launch later in the summer of 2021 — is to build a unique collection of open-license art about climate change. All selected works will be published online under a Creative Commons license - and will be available for anyone to use and adapt non-commercially, providing a new tool for climate change awareness.

Powered by the global creative community, this collection of open-license art will serve as an invaluable resource for activists, grassroots organizations and nonprofits to use in their campaigns.

Artists, illustrators, designers and typographers of the world – watch this space for updates.

Open call for photography

Climate Visuals Countdown is a photography initiative created by Countdown and Climate Visuals, a program of Climate Outreach. The open call in 2021 will source, license and promote 100 powerful images of climate change taken by both professional and amateur photographers from around the world. The final 100 images will be selected by an independent jury, and this initiative will distribute a total licensing fund of US $100,000 directly to the chosen photographers.

Further details on the initiative will be announced in early 2021. Submissions will support the overall Countdown objective – to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. As with Countdown, the photography initiative will have five sub-themes that will be phased in during 2021: energy, transport, materials, food and nature. The call for entries will ask photographers to submit work that embodies the Climate Visuals’ evidence base on how photography can most effectively maximize storytelling, increase engagement and encourage positive behavior change.