A selection of shortlisted creative entries and winners from previous competitions

HART Prize for Human Rights Awards Ceremony 2016

HART Prize for Human Rights Exhibition 2013

Winning artwork from HART Prize for Human Rights 2013 Competition

Essay winners of HART Prize for Human Rights 2014 Competition

HART Prize for Human Rights

HART Prize for Human Rights

The HART Prize for Human Rights is a competition for young people who are interested in global issues.

Write an essay or produce a creative piece about human rights and you could see your work published or exhibited, and be in with the chance of winning £500!


The HART prize for Human Rights aims to:

  • Raise awareness of conflict, poverty and human rights abuses amongst young people in the UK, particularly situations which are underrepresented in the mainstream media
  • Encourage young people to examine and engage critically with human rights issues by conducting independent research, and producing written or creative pieces
  • Invite new voices to contribute to HART’s communications.

There are two competitions running:

  • Creative competition: The challenge is to produce a creative piece of work about the human rights or humanitarian situation in any of the countries in which HART works. We accept most mediums including poetry, short stories, sculptures, paintings and infographics, but if you want to use one that is not listed here, please contact us. A selection of creative entries will be exhibited at an event in London. More information about the creative competition can be found here.
  • Essay competition: Our essay competition encourages young people to research and write essays on a topic of their choice as long as it is related to one of the eight countries where HART works. Further information, including a list of suggested titles, can be downloaded from the ‘Essay competition’ page of the website, here.

For more information, please see the specific Essay and Creative Competition webpages via the menu on the left hand side of the page. 

There will be a Grand Prize of £500 for the best overall entry between the Senior Creative and Senior Essay categories! Other prizes include Amazon vouchers, Tea in the House of Lords, Work Experience, publication of work and signed copies of Baroness Cox’s book on Modern Slavery. 

Both competitions have two age categories:

  • Junior category: anyone enrolled in secondary education institutions (such as sixth-forms and colleges) or anyone aged between 13 and 17 as of 27th February 2017 (the competition closing date);
  • Senior category: anyone who will be aged between 18 and 25 on 27th February 2017.

All entrants will be invited to a celebratory event in London.

Last year’s winning entries are available here.

The DEADLINE for submission is 11:59 PM on Monday 27th February 2017. Shortlisted entrants will be announced one month after this date.

Before you enter, please read the terms and conditions (available below). By entering, you confirm that you agree with these terms and conditions.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at hart.competition@hart-uk.org 

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