Terms and conditions

You are advised to read these terms and conditions carefully, as they contain important information. Acceptance of these terms is a prerequisite to participating in the contest Metropolis Through Children’s Eyes. By registering, participants confirm that they have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

About the contest

2020 brought great global challenges and a difficult situation with various consequences across all population groups, including children. The crisis can⎯and should⎯be a starting point for a paradigm shift in the way we think about our cities. Given that nearly a third of the 4 billion people living in urban areas are children (UNICEF, Child Friendly Cities initiative), it is undeniable that for the transformation processes of large metropolises to be successful, they must be carried out with a child-friendly approach.

Today, more than ever, it is of great importance to listen carefully to children’s opinions and visions, to ensure they are included in the design of public policies to face present and future challenges. To get closer to achieving this goal, we have launched the initiative Metropolis Through Children’s Eyes, with the objective of promoting children’s creative expression through drawings and, at the same time, identifying trends in what they envision for the future of their metropolises in response to the changes caused by the pandemic.

How can I take part?

This contest is organised by Metropolis and is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 14, who live in some of the cities belonging to the Metropolis network. Before participating, it is important to check that the city you are participating from is included. To take part, the persons legally responsible for the minor must fill out the registration form, providing their full name, the minor’s name, an email address, and a brief description of the drawing. Each registered child will be able to submit only one drawing. The contest will be open from 30 July, 2021, to 31 October, 2021.

How does it work?

The purpose of the contest Metropolis Through Children’s Eyes is to provide a space for children who live in large metropolises to express the future they envision, with an understanding of the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Minors may log in to the website www.imaginemetropolis.org and download a template to create a drawing, or simply draw on a blank sheet of paper. The template poses an important question: How do you imagine your city in the future?

To take part in the contest, the person legally responsible for the child will access the user registration form and provide their full name, the minor’s name, an email address, a brief description of the drawing and the minor’s age to submit the drawing to the appropriate category. For this contest, the three following categories have been established, according to the age of the participants: Category A⎯5-8 years old; B⎯9-11 years old; C⎯12-14 years old. The category refers to the minor’s age at the time the contest is closed.

All drawings should be uploaded to the website www.imaginemetropolis.org in PNG, JPEG or any digital image format, or sent via ordinary mail. That being said, all drawings should be done by hand. To choose the second option, you must print and complete the registration form and send it together with the drawing in a sealed envelope, marked with the name of the contest, to the Metropolis Secretariat General at the following address: Carrer Avinyó, 15, 08002 Barcelona (Spain). The person registered as a participant will receive a confirmation email when their drawing is published.

All participating drawings will be available on the website and will be voted on by the public. For each category, 10 finalist drawings will be selected, which will go on to a second phase in which they will be evaluated by a jury made up of 5 experts from different sectors and disciplines, who will be in charge of selecting a winner from each category. The final results will be announced at the 13th Metropolis World Congress to be held in November 2021.

How do I vote?

Once the drawings are registered, they will be voted on by the public. The page can be shared to invite people to vote for a particular drawing. The 10 drawings with the most votes in each category will go on to a second phase in which they will be judged by experts from different sectors, who will choose a winner for each category.

Handling and processing of personal data

All registered participants or indirect participants in the Metropolis Through Children’s Eyes contest are deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions, waiving their right to make claims against Metropolis. Participants and indirect participants consent to the use of their data under the framework of this initiative, having their data held on the Metropolis database, and receiving information regarding this activity carried out by Metropolis.

According to the provisions of the Personal Data Protection Regulations, we hereby inform you that the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) with Tax Identification Code G65011652 is responsible for the processing of personal data.

The purpose of said data processing is the management of participation in the competition Metropolis Through Children’s Eyes. Data will be kept for the period of participation plus the additional period necessary to cover audit, legal or other statutory responsibilities.

The legal basis for said data processing is expressly given by the registration of the representatives of the participating child, as well as the acceptance of the terms and conditions of the same.

No transfer of said data is foreseen either nationally or internationally. The representatives of the interested parties may exercise their rights of access, rectification, deletion, opposition, limitation of processing and portability of their personal data under the terms established in the current legislation on data protection. To do so, they must send a written and signed request to C/Avinyó 15, 08002 Barcelona.

All persons of legal age representing the participants, by accepting these terms and conditions, approve the publication of the details of the minors in their care and their drawings, on the website www.imaginemetropolis.org and/or in other spaces, under the responsibility of Metropolis for promotional and/or dissemination purposes, even after the competition has closed. In particular, they authorise the transfer to Metropolis, on an exclusive basis and without limitations of any kind, of all intellectual property rights for the use, reproduction and exploitation of the drawings submitted to participate in the competition and within the framework of everything related to the same. As a consequence of the transfer of the exploitation rights, Metropolis has the exclusive exercise of the rights of reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation by any means, of the drawings submitted to the competition, without these activities conferring to the individual the right to remuneration, with the exception of any prize winners. The aforementioned transfer of rights is made without geographical limit and without time limit. The legal representatives of the participants also transfer to Metropolis, in the same way and to the same extent, the right of transformation by any modification in its form, including the authorisation to create composite works.

By accepting the terms and conditions, persons of legal age who register as participants certify that they are acting as legal representatives of the minors participating in this contest. Metropolis is exempt from the responsibility of verifying this information and cannot be held liable in the event that the information provided is false or inaccurate.


Metropolis reserves the right to exclude any file that contains images or photographs of children. For this contest, only drawings by minors are allowed. In the event anyone is caught carrying out computer fraud or making any attempt to alter the votes, they will be disqualified.

In the event of detecting a person who has carried out computer fraud or any attempt to alter the votes, they will be disqualified.

Any person registered as a participant must correctly and truthfully complete the registration form, and any false or erroneous information is the full responsibility of the registered person. If any information is found to be false, the person will be disqualified.


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