Youth raise awareness to World Heritage and Climate Change through storyboards: Results of the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2022

19 December 2022

After launching the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition this summer, the World Heritage Centre received over 700 submissions from young people featuring solutions to the impacts of climate change on World Heritage sites.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time and amongst the greatest threats facing cultural and natural heritage today. Involving the youth is essential to finding smart solutions and building a community to tackle challenges of the upcoming decades. Providing young people with an opportunity to use their creative and problem-solving skills to raise awareness about World Heritage and Climate Change, the Patrimonito's World Heritage Adventures Storyboard Competition was launched on the 29th of July, 2022 by the World Heritage Centre.

The World Heritage Centre received a total of 710 storyboards from 47 State Parties. The top 5 countries with the most submissions were 1) China (261 submissions), 2) Qatar (70 submissions), 3) Oman (39 submissions), 4) Malaysia (29 submissions) and 5) Serbia (28 submissions). The average age of participants was 14 years old, and the storyboards were submitted independently or through schools, Ministries of Education and National Commissions for UNESCO.

The winning storyboard was selected by an independent jury composed of heritage specialists, on November 30th 2022. The evaluation was based on drawing skills, originality of the story, knowledge of World Heritage site, relevance of the problem presented regarding climate change and viability of the chosen solution.

The Winner. 1st Place. Ebru Goban
12 years old, from Türkiye
World Heritage sites featured: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Ephesus, Nemrut Dağ and Göbekli Tepe in Türkiye

Storyboard created by Ebru Goban, winner of the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2022 (12/12/2022) UNESCO | Ebru Goban, Türkiye

2nd Place, Liu Boyou
16 years old, from China
World Heritage sites featured: Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in China
School: Tsinghua University High School

Storyboard created by Liu Boyou for the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2022 UNESCO | Liu Boyou, China

3rd place, Daas Lamar
16 years old, from Qatar
World Heritage sites featured: Petra in Jordan
School: Al-Ebb Secondary School

Storyboard created by Daas Lamar for the Patrimonito Storyboard Competition 2022 UNESCO | Daas Lamar, Qatar

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