Ripples is a youth arts zine showcasing visual and written works that celebrate a shared love of and connection to water, all created by youth and kids between the ages of 5 and 25.
Are you between the ages of 5 and 25 and interested in making a submission? Check out the submission guidelines below. And if you need inspiration, view Ripples 2021, get out in your watershed, or consider the official theme for World Water Day 2022 to get inspired! The theme this year is “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”. But remember, it’s okay to take inspiration from elsewhere too — as long as your work celebrates connection to water and the interconnectedness of watersheds, we want to see it!
To have your art, writing, or photography featured in Ripples, make a submission. You may make as many submissions as you like, but you will have to fill out the form separately each time.
To make sure your piece is included in this year’s edition of Ripples please ensure it meets the following criteria:
For artists, please ensure that your piece is done on a sheet of white, unlined paper. Appropriate mediums for submissions include: marker, pencil crayon, watercolour paint, gouache, acrylic paint, collage, or digital art tools. If your art was created digitally, download it as a .PNG to submit it to this form. If your art was created using a physical medium, scan it and upload it to this form as a .PNG.
For writers, please ensure that your piece is no longer than approximately 300 words long and is submitted to this form as either a .PDF, .doc, or .pages file. Before uploading, check to ensure your piece is free of spelling or grammar errors.
For photographers, please ensure you upload a high-resolution version of your photo to this form as a .PNG to guarantee that your submission will be included in the zine. Low-resolution photos may not be able to be included in the zine.
The University of Victoria Sustainability Project, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians Crew, and POLIS Water Sustainability Project are pleased to be producing Ripples, a digital art zine featuring youth artwork, photography, poetry, and prose celebrating World Water Day. The first edition of Ripples was created for World Water Day 2021. Ripples is now an annual publication.
World Water Day happens on March 22nd every year. It was started by the United Nations in 1993 to celebrate water and raise awareness of global water issues.
We believe young people, particularly youth artists, photographers, and writers, are creating ripples in the world of water through artistic celebration, stewardship, governance, and the celebration of Earth’s water systems, which we as humans, as well as every other creature on Earth are connected to and a part of.