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CEUInspired Campaign Contest

CEUInspired Campaign poster
Monday, May 11, 2020, 12:00 am – Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 11:59 pm

The Community Engagement Office in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, Alumni Relations Office, and Communications Office invites all students, staff, faculty, and alumni to take part in the CEU-wide creative contest as a response to COVID-19, dedicated to the topic of “Reflections of life in a pandemic and beyond”. This contest is part of the CEUInspired campaign.  

COVID-19 has upended all our lives and shattered the idea of being independent from the capricious events of the world. Globally we have seen an unprecedented shutdown and standstill of a certain kind of life we were accustomed to. It has reshaped society, changed language, transformed travel and surveillance, highlighted faults in policies, and redefined our way of working. While this has presented complex challenges across the world it has also created an opportunity for reflection on what is most important to us, the role of cooperation in a society, community resilience, and envisioning an alternative future for the world. It has introduced us to the virtues of virtual space and use of technology to create new forms of activism in the shape of solidarity initiatives to help those affected.  

Tell us did the pandemic play to your strengths or expose your weaknesses? What do you hope for life after this catastrophe? What is the good, if any, within these bad days? What are the things you wish the world knew or understood better about life in a pandemic? Tell us about the people, art, music, events that have inspired you during this pandemic to be better and do better.  



All students, staff, professors, and alumni are encouraged to take part in the #CEUInspired online campaign. 


Please post your works, artworks, videos on social networks channels like Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo using hashtag #CEUInspired to share your creations with the community online. 

If you would also like to take part in the contest submit your best work to be considered for the contest, please send an email to indicating the following information 

  • Email Subject – CEUInspired Contest - (category) 
  • Your name and surname 
  • Your affiliation to CEU 
  • The title of your work 
  • The link to the post with your work on social networks (optional) 

5 submissions from each category will be selected to be included in the online exhibition. One participant can send only one nomination per category.  

From May 11 to June 16 (inclusive) participants can send their works in the following categories: 

  • Posters/ Digital artworks 
  • Memes 
  • Paintings/ Drawings  
  • Animated video/ Video Clips - (musical /spoken word/ animated) 
  • Photo Essays 
  • Writing 

Specifications for submissions: 

Image based submissions: 

  • Accepted file formats are JPEG and PNG, but JPG is preferred. 
  • sRGB or Adobe RGB color mode is preferred. 
  • Sufficiently High Resolution - must be at least 1024 x 768 pixels 
  • File size must be at least 2MB but should not exceed 10MB per file 

Note: “Memes” can be the same as the above. At the very least they should be of an Instagram/Facebook post size and quality. 

Video based submissions: 

Animated video/ Video Clips 

  • Length should be between 20–30 seconds of playtime 
  • Preferred Video specifications: “.mp4” format, H.264 codec, ААС audio, 128–3500 kbps, 30 fps, 1080 px 

Photo Essays/Writing: 

Compose your Photo Essays in a neat formatted document (word/google doc/PDF) 

  • Images within documents: 5 - 8 photographs with the above Image based submissions specifications 
  • File size – Try to keep the overall attachment sizes below 15MB 
  • Compressed files will not be accepted due to security reasons 

Writing Submissions:

  • It can be in any form poetry/prose and should not exceed 500 words 


The contest is open till 16 June following which a committee of staff, faculty and students will select submissions which will be displayed on CEU’s website and social media platforms.  Submissions will be judged based on the interpretation of the theme as well as based on artistic merit. 

Shortlisted works will be featured on CEU's online platforms and be part of a physical exhibit in Vienna.

All entrants will also be featured in a physical publication of The Stand - ResilienCEU Covid19 Series and their video. 

Winners will also receive gift vouchers for Google/Apple App stores.


In case you have questions concerning the contest and/or campaign, please contact 


All work must be the original work of the individual sending them. By entering the competition, you grant Central European University a right to use your submitted works. You retain the copyright to your submissions. 


CEUInspired is a campaign to provide the CEU community with a events and online workshops as constructive outlet during COVID-19 to reflect on current and forthcoming challenges during and after this lock-down period. It aims to help our community combat isolation and encourage connection in this new reality. It is an attempt to capture the resilience, emotions, and spirit of our community through this period.