Fair Observer US Digital Art Competition 2021

Terrorism in the 21st Century: Causes, Drivers and Solutions

In addition to the essay competition, Fair Observer welcomes entries for a digital art competition.

Since the 19th century, terrorism has been a political tool. Since September 11, 2001, it has become a fixation for those in power, security analysts and policy wonks. While many remember the hijackings of 9/11, few recall that an Indian plane was hijacked two years earlier, on December 24, 1999. As it landed in Kandahar, the Taliban surrounded the plane, making Indian military intervention impossible.

India acquiesced to the demands of the hijackers and released three terrorists in Indian jails: Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Masood Azhar. In return, the hijackers released the hostages on the flight. These hijackers have gone on to unleash more violence since. As per the BBC, one was “sentenced to death for abducting and murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl” while the other “brought jihad to Britain.”

Tackling terrorism has always proven tricky. In pre-1948 Palestine, Britain struggled to deal with Zionist terrorists. On July 22, 1946, they bombed King David Hotel, a spectacular attack that shook the foundations of British rule. For years, groups such as the Irish Republican Army, the Basque Euskadi Ta Askatasuna and the Palestinian Liberation Organization used terrorism as a tool to attain their goals.

In addition to essays, we invite digital art from young people in the US on this long-running issue. Infographics are particularly welcome.

Competition Guidelines

  • Please email your artwork to education@fairobserver.com after registering here. The subject line should be in this format: 2020 Digital Art Competition by Your Full Name (Example: 2020 Digital Art Competition by Thomas Jefferson).
  • There are three prizes on offer:
    First Prize: $400
    Second Prize: $300
    Third Prize: $200
  • The competition is open to young people resident in the US.
  • They must be over 16 and under 30 on the date of submission.
  • Create artwork using digital art software.
  • Both 2D and 3D artists can submit art.
  • The file size of your entry must not exceed 10MB.
  • Your entry must be in either png or jpeg format.
  • You must have the full copyright of your submitted work.
  • Do not submit animation.
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  • The deadline for this competition is February 21, 2021.