Essay Competition

2022 American Red Cross
Essay & Art Competition

Theme: "Preservation of Cultural Property" 

Each year, entrants are challenged with creating thoughtful and insightful entries around a specific IHL theme. This year’s theme is Preserving Cultural Property, which is one of the most important areas of protection offered by IHL. Although the nature of each essay or art submission is up to the creator, entrants are encouraged to explore topics within the theme such as the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, the effects of armed conflict on cultural property, the role of social media in protecting cultural property, cultural property and its effects on cultural heritage, IHL education and its effects on preserving cultural property, or the consequences for those who wrongfully destroy cultural property during armed conflict.

Rules and Guidelines

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Competition Age Categories

The competition is open to all U.S. citizens, regardless of location, and to non-U.S. individuals residing in the United States or its territories. Essay and art entries will be accepted from the following categories:

(1) High School (grades 9-12)

(2) Undergraduate Students

(3) Law school or Graduate School Students

Deadlines

• Submissions will be accepted starting November 8, 2021.

• The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on January 28, 2022.

• The American Red Cross will contact all winners by February 21, 2022.

• The winners will be publicly announced during a ceremony as part of the 9th Annual Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition on March 6, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Winners may be asked to appear virtually during the ceremony to accept their award and speak briefly about their entry.

ESSAY COMPETITION

Competition Standards

• Maximum word count of 1,500 words, excluding title page, footnotes, and bibliography.

• Include a title page with author’s name, pronouns, competition age category, Red Cross region (if applicable), school name, grade (for high school), year (for undergraduate), or graduate degree program type, email, city, and state.

• Essays must be written solely by the candidate and cannot have been previously published.

• Only one essay submission will be accepted per person. Essay entrants may also submit a separate entry for the art competition (art competition entries must adhere to the art competition standards). • Entries must be submitted via email to IHLYouth@redcross.org with the subject “IHL Essay Competition Entry, [Insert Last Name, First Name]” by the deadline.

• Essays must be typed, written in English, and submitted with proper, consistent citations and a bibliography. MLA- or APA-style citations are acceptable.

• The competition committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the above competition standards. Late entries will not be accepted

Evaluation and Prizes

 

Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of IHL experts selected by the American Red Cross and its co-sponsors. Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

• Critical thinking and analysis (25%),

• Argument supported by evidence (25%)

 

• Presentation and clarity (25%)

• Relevance to the theme (25%)

 

Winning entries will be awarded a special certificate recognizing their tremendous accomplishment and a $200 prize. Winners will be eligible to have their entry published in a special American Red Cross digital magazine.

ART COMPETITION

 

Competition Standards

 

• Pieces must be in the form of visual art within one of the following categories: drawing, painting, abstract, photography, or digital art.

• Include a title page with author’s name, pronouns, competition age category, Red Cross region (if applicable), school name, grade (for high school), year (for undergraduate), or graduate degree program type, email, city, and state.

• Include a brief written description of the piece no longer than 200 words, which explains the entry and how it relates to the theme.

• Submit, in PDF, or other digital image file format (e.g. PNG or JPEG), either the image itself (for digital art) or a clear photo of the piece (for all other art). • Pieces must be created solely by the candidate and cannot have been previously published. • Do not use any copyrighted images or elements in your piece.

• Only one art submission will be accepted per person. Entrants may not submit entries from multiple art competition categories. Art competition entrants may also submit a separate entry for the essay competition (essay competition entries must adhere to the essay competition standards).

• Entries must be submitted via email to IHLYouth@redcross.org with the subject “IHL Art Competition Entry, [Insert Last Name, First Name]” by the deadline.

 

• The competition committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the above competition standards. Late entries will not be accepted.

Evaluation and Prizes

Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of IHL experts selected by the American Red Cross and its co-sponsors. Art will be evaluated on the following criteria:

• Creativity and originality (25%)

• Quality of artistic composition (25%)

 

• Overall composition (25%)

 

• Interpretation of and relevance to the theme (25%)

 

Winning entries will be awarded a special certificate recognizing their tremendous accomplishment and a $200 prize. Winners will also be eligible to have their entry published in a special American Red Cross digital magazine.

 2021 Essay Competition Digital IHL Magazine
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Education in War: High School and College (Winners, Semifinalists, and Honorable Mentions)
Digital Magazine Created Paul Jang,  Youth Action Campaign-Intern
Education in War Essay Competition developed by:
  • Julia Macedo, Henry P Davison IHL Dissemination Fellow, American Red Cross-National Headquarters,
  • Larissa Hatch, Program Officer of IHL Youth Programs, American Red Cross-National Headquarters