Winners Announced!

The results of the 2020 PICTAR contest are here! In its very first year of inception, the PICTAR contest received an overwhelming response from all over the world. What an event it proved to be! 

PICTAR was born out of the unexpected calamities the world faced in 2020 – severe natural catastrophes and a global pandemic that changed life as we knew it. Hence it was most natural for the art contest to be centered around the dual theme – Climate Change and Covid-19. 

We invited young artists 5-17 to share their thoughts around Climate Change and Covid-19 through art. There were 630 images submitted for consideration, making the selection of the winners a daunting task. Our judging panel – spearheaded by esteemed artists Anuradha Thakur, Vishal Wadaye and Shyamal Mukherjee, and including 15 other preliminary judges – followed a specific criteria and rigorous process. Through a multiple round review process that progressively narrowed the field, the judges reviewed the submitted images over a 4 week period.  Finally the jurors selected 3 winners and several honorable mentions in each category. 

Art has the power to bring about the change we seek – this was evident in the wonderful creations submitted by the young artists from all over the world.  Young artists surprised us with not only their skill, but also with their thinking that reflected maturity and leadership far beyond their years. Young minds can truly show the way forward. 

We, at AID, congratulate all the winners and sincerely thank all those who participated, supported and encouraged this event. Especially those, for whom submitting an entry to this contest meant overcoming the very obstacles delineated by the themes of the contest – you are our heroes.

Without further ado, we present to you the winners of the PICTAR 2020 

5 – 8 Years

Honorable Mentions: 

Abhinav Aravind, USA

Anagha Aravind, USA

Ariana Narla, USA

Harish Partha Sarathi, India

Pugazhenthi S, India

Raahi Sarkar, USA

Sreyasi Jana, India

Check out the Winners and Honorable Mentions Gallery and the complete Gallery of Submissions!

9 – 12 Years

Honorable Mentions: 

Ahana Kumar, India

Ameen Rahmaan, India

Ananya Arun, USA

Ayona Bagui, USA (2)

Deepika Jana, India

Gladia James, India

Nicole Oommen, India

Prafulla Maity, India

Samradhhi Zokarkar, USA

Samridhi Pathak, India

Subham Shee, India

Ujwala Das, India

Check out the Winners and Honorable Mentions Gallery and the complete Gallery of Submissions!

13 – 17 Years


Honorable Mentions:

Abhinav Vijay, USA

Amit Mondal, India

Animesh Giri, India

Harini Hari, India

Jainab Ansari, India

Kaviya Dasarathan, India

Roshni Sen, Singapore

Sudipta Mondal, India

Sumita Santra, India

Check out the Winners and Honorable Mentions Gallery and the complete Gallery of Submissions!



Are you a young artist, or do you know young artists, who are concerned about climate change and global pandemics and want to express themselves through art? Then PICTAR is just the platform for you! 

PICTAR – Planet In Crisis, The Artist Rises is a worldwide online art contest that seeks to put the spotlight on, and increase our awareness of the causes and impact of this dual catastrophe – climate change and global pandemics – through art. Young artists worldwide are invited to create artwork that is centered around any of these 2 topics: 

  1. Climate Change
  2. COVID-19

What the artist will gain:

  • A chance to win prizes!
  • An opportunity to display their artwork in front of a global audience
  • A personalized participation certificate shareable on social media platforms
  • Greater understanding about how climate change and pandemics are impacting communities worldwide
  • A worthwhile reason to polish their art skills! 

All proceeds from this competition will support AID’s relief efforts towards recovery and rehabilitation of COVID-19 and cyclone impacted communities.

Contest theme and Medium:

PICTAR theme is centered around the crises of climate change and pandemics facing our planet today. The following questions may trigger the imagination and provide guidance for the artist:

  • How is the climate change crisis related to the pandemic and other severe natural calamities we see so frequently today?
  • How have these calamities impacted life as we knew it around our planet?
  • How can you play your part in preventing such crises and protect our planet?

Artwork can be in any of the following drawing and painting media: pencil, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, crayon, oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media).

Contest Timeline: 

  • Early bird submissions – $10* per entry: June 06 – July 14 (Previously June 19th)
  • Regular submissions – $15* per entry: July 15 – July 19 (Previously June 20-26)
  • Results announced on the AID website and AID Facebook page: August 15, 2020 (date subject to change)

*USD exchange rate will apply as per location

If you are a non-profit organization submitting artwork for your students, you may request a discount code by emailing [email protected] with the name and location of the non-profit organization.

Age Groups: 

Artists must belong to one of these 3 age groups on the date of submission: 

  • 5 – 8 years
  • 9 – 12 years
  • 13 – 17 years


First place, second place, third place, along with honorable mentions will be selected in each category as per our judges’ discretion. Name and artwork for these entries will be displayed on the AID website and AID Facebook Page.

  • First Place- $75 Gift Card
  • Second Place- $50 Gift Card
  • Third Place- $25 Gift Card
  • Honorable Mentions in each category
  • All entrants will receive an e-certificate
  • All entries will be showcased in an online gallery after the conclusion of the competition


  • The contest is open to all entrants between ages 5 – 17 years throughout the world.
  • Artwork should be photographed and 1 digital image giving the whole impression of the artwork without frame or mats should be submitted electronically in .jpg or .png format. The digital image should be submitted in the correct orientation (landscape or portrait). The resolution preferred is 300 dpi with a minimum of 1000 pixels on the longest side. File size must be smaller than 10MB per image. The image submitted must be an accurate representation of the physical artwork without any digital enhancements. 
  • Artwork must be an original work of the entrant. Group work by two or more artists is not allowed.
  • Artwork must have been created in 2020.
  • Artwork should not have the artist’s name or identification on the artwork to allow for fair judgment.
  • Teachers, legal guardians, parents are allowed to submit artwork of students and wards.
  • There is a limit of 3 artwork entries per entrant.
  • For entrants outside the US, while making the payment, the US dollar conversion rate will be applicable.
  • Only the winning artists will be notified using the email address they provided during the submission. Artists who are not among, first, second, third and honorable mentions will not be notified of the results individually.


The PICTAR judges – Anuradha Thakur, Shyamal Mukherjee, Vishal Wadaye – are professionals who are well known and held in high esteem in the art world. 

Anuradha Thakur

Anuradha is an Indian artist who has captured the essence of India’s tribal people in all their spirit and sanctity. Her paintings bring out the simplicity, transparency, contentment, and celebration of life using black on white canvas with earthy colors. She has won numerous awards and has held national and international workshops for artists. She has also held 22 solo shows & 25 group shows in Paris, Chicago, Boston (America), Sofia (Bulgaria), Dubai. 

More on her bio and artwork can be found here

Shyamal Mukherjee

Shyamal’s works are a riot of vibrant colors that showcase the joyful folklife and traditions of rural India. With 48 solo exhibitions and 1000 group shows and workshops across 35 countries in the world, his artworks adorn the walls of the Kensington Palace (UK), Embassy of India (Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Bangkok, Thailand), and Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, to name a few. In his career span of more than 30 years, among numerous accolades, he was awarded the ‘All India Artist of the Year’ by the Birla Academy of Fine Arts.

Few examples of Shyamal’s exquisite artwork can be seen here

Vishal Wadaye

Vishal started his career as an illustrator. Since then, he has taken many other roles and now serves as faculty for  Communication Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Video, Film, and  UX Design in various institutes. Vishal’s works go across all media reflecting his versatility and expertise. His works strike a chord for the beauty in their simplicity and for the portrayal of the common man’s daily life. Being multifaceted he can play the guitar as well as he wields the brush. He has exhibited in multiple art shows including in the Jehangir art gallery in Mumbai. 

See this master’s amazing journey here.  

The artwork will be judged upon the following criteria: Communication of Message, Presentation & Visual Impact, Composition & Aesthetic Appeal, Creativity & Originality of Thought, Skill Level & Craftsmanship, Effort & Perseverance.


For additional information or questions, please contact [email protected]

Terms & Conditions: 

When submitting the artwork, the following terms and conditions must be agreed upon:

I certify that the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material were made solely by the entrant indicated, and were not copied from another work, photograph, illustration, or website, nor made by another. I certify that this submission does not infringe on any third party intellectual property rights, nor does it contain any material that is defamatory, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate. I give permission to AID to publish and display publicly the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material, including but not limited to, the entrant’s name, and age group. I understand that my submission may be eligible for an appearance at the AID website or AID’s social media accounts. I certify that I am legally allowed to submit this artwork and conduct the financial transaction on this form and have read the foregoing Official Rules and fully understand and agree to the contents.

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