Student Media Arts Competition

The World in 2030:
What it means for the future of humanity
if we ignore disaster risk


The University of Huddersfield’s Global Disaster Resilience Centre, Naresuan University & Chiang Mai University, Thailand and the ASCENT project are launching a Media Arts competition for students as a way to look into the future. Where will humanity be by the year 2030 if we fail to tackle disaster risk?

Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes awarded by at the 7th International Conference on Building Resilience: Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction, to be held from 27-29 November 2017 in Bangkok Thailand. Winning entries will also be showcased various UN events.


The frequency, scale and distribution of disasters in recent years demonstrates that disasters are a global problem, threatening to disrupt communities in developed, newly industrialised and developing countries. Between 2002 and 2011 there were 4,130 disasters. Over 1.1 million people perished and a minimum of US$1,195 billion was recorded in losses. In the year 2011 alone, 302 disasters claimed 30,000 lives, affected over 200 million people and inflicted damages worth an estimated US$366 billion.

Ominously, global demographic trends suggest that more people are living in areas vulnerable to sudden-onset natural disasters. This is happening even as scientists predict that the frequency and intensity of these disasters are likely to increase as a result of the effects of climate change. More people and assets are located in areas of high risk.

For example, the proportion of world population living in flood-prone river basins has increased by 114%, while those living on cyclone-exposed coastlines have grown by 192% over the past 30 years. Over half of the world’s large cities, with populations ranging from 2 to 15 million, are currently located in areas highly vulnerable to seismic activity. Rapid urbanisation will further increase exposure to disaster risk.

These trends, coupled with recent high-profile disasters like Haiyan, or Yolanda, as the Philippines named the typhoon, are raising global awareness of the need to build the capacity of national governments, civil society organizations and international actors to prevent, respond to and recover from natural disasters. Despite these escalating losses, more than 95% of humanitarian finance is still spent on responding to disasters and their aftermath, with less than 5% spent on reducing the risk of disasters. Without a major increase in investment to reduce current and future risks, spending on relief and reconstruction is likely to become unsustainable.

The challenge for humanity is to ensure that risk management is prioritised in policy frameworks and fully integrated in practice to help save lives, protect livelihoods and reduce economic losses. But what will happen if we fail to tackle disaster risk? What is the future for humanity?


This media arts competition will showcase, champion and promote the works of student filmmakers, broadcasters, designers, animators, performers and provide a springboard for creative media that exemplifies excellence in its potential to inspire change.


Develop content in any media to raise awareness around disaster risk. You will be asked to work in a cross-disciplinary team, to produce a series of outcomes which could be branded as a campaign or as a stand-alone work in the form of a film- fiction or documentary, public artwork, animation, website, interactive installation, app, poster, projection, ambient work etc. Design for impact and to effectively communicate the disaster risk to a targeted public.

We are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative outcomes that will increase the awareness of viewers to the dangers of ignoring disaster risk, to the resilience of humans facing, to the politics of international development, and to efforts and agents of change locally and worldwide.


Registered postgraduate students are invited to submit their media, which must be completed by 15th October 2017 to be eligible for entry.


The Judges consist of esteemed media and disaster professionals. Jury Prize winners receive prizes worth $250 and certificates at the “7th International Conference on Building Resilience: Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction”, to be held from 27-29 November 2017 in Bangkok Thailand. Winning entries will also be showcased at various events including that of the UN.

Poster Format and Application

Please prepare and print your poster in in A1 size, portrait orientation only. The deadline for submission is 15th October 2017.
Please submit your poster abstract to the submission portal and send your questions to the organisers: Dr Ezri Hayat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Non-student poster submission

Non-students are welcome to submit a poster to the conference, but will not be considered for this competition. 



For more information about the conference, please contact:

You can also download the competition leaflet here