GENIUS Art raises public awareness to take action on global environmental problems and solutions.

Each GENIUS Art project (except short movie) can be prepared and presented by only one student. 


ART | Photography

Photojournalistic, documentary, experimental, or expressive, photography in all of its machinations can be used to inspire, inform, motivate, and otherwise provide the viewer with a distinct experience related to environmental issues.  GENIUS photography encompasses a wide variety of artwork which uses the environment and all its many aspects, including human impacts on nature, which is a lot more realistic and more in accordance to what we see around us, as their subject.

Turning your lens toward a scene of decay, pollution and photographing it in a way that induces an emotional reaction in the viewer can probably do more to help protect the wilderness than a photograph of a pristine landscape will. By supporting the power of photographic storytelling, we motivate society to make a positive change to raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography.

GENIUS photography should (but not limited to) express the way natural systems respond and do not respond with the environmental issues, express a sense of frustration about the world we live in, express changes society made through construction, pollution, and land-management policies, and express actions of moments within cities, human environment, and nature to raise awareness. Sometimes, simple photos, such as green coming out of a concrete wall or road can be an inspiration. For professional examples of environmental photography, please visit these websites for award-wining projects: 2018_photos and 2016 _photos


ART | Poster Design

A GENIUS poster should motivate to think differently about the things that people may be learning or doing about environment, should aim to create a behavioral change regarding environmental problems (local or global) such as global warming, water (pollution or usage), air pollution or quality, waste management (reduce, reuse, and recycle), energy, etc. It can be created digitally or any form of painting (including pencil). 90% or more of the artwork must be created by the student artist.  For professional examples, please visit "Environmental Awareness Posters" or "environment awareness campaign" or "others"


ART | Mixed Media

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolors, then add some highlights in colored pencil, and these drawing can be enhanced with addition of collage of photos/recycled papers which can also be colored or penciled over, and cotton balls, and tree branches, or any material including recycled material can be glued to give a 3-D look for the artwork- that's mixed media!

A GENIUS Mixed Media should transform your life experiences to create a unique and quirky artwork to showcase an environmental focus.  GENIUS Mixed Media artwork should be in 3-D form, and including glued colored papercuts incorporated into art would be enough to give a 3-D look for the artwork. Students are highly encouraged to use recycled materials, including paper, old postcards, newspapers, cans, fabric, etc to provide a 3-D mixed media work. Also, make sure that your artwork backing is strong enough to carry your artwork. The depth of the artwork should not be more than 8" (12 cm).  For mixed media art examples, 3D Project ideas, and more 



  • Application: Art projects can be prepared and submitted by only one student. 
  • Application: You will be required to submit your artwork as part of the application process (submitted by uploading a document within the application system) and a one-page artist statement. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their artwork.
  • Application: Poster art, photography, and satirical illustration projects must submit their artwork in JPEG format with a file size under 5 MB.
  • Application: All imagery and art must be your own work. 
  • Application: File names must be in English characters.

GENIUS ART What to expect at the Fair?

  • Printed artwork (for poster art and photography projects) must be 18 x 24 inches to be displayed at the GENIUS Olympiad. GENIUS will provide a black foam board of 22x28 inches for all artwork display. 
  • Students are allowed to make improvements on their projects between application and fair presentation.
  • Judges may ask questions about the work and how you design, compose and create the work.  
  • Read the Finalist guide for more information.


GENIUS Art | Judging Criteria

1. Creativity 
2. Composition 
3. Expression of Meaning 
4. Expression of Emotion  
5. Relevance 
6. Quality  
7. Overall Expression 





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