Call For Entries :

The Early Years: A Window Of Opportunity  

A Global Art & Science Exhibition





























The first 1000 days of life is a period of opportunity when the foundations are laid for the optimum physical and mental development of a child. A global art and science exhibition —The Early Years: A Window of Opportunity— by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UK), and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance), aims to improve our understanding of and start a conversation on the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life. This unique public engagement program combines scientific research with compelling visual narratives to highlight factors that have a bearing on a child and mother’s quality of life, from conception to birth and the following early years.  


The exhibition aims to engage the audience with themes—education, environment, nutrition, and infections—that build on the ongoing efforts of the Government of India such as the Clean India Mission, POSHAN Abhiyaan, among others; additionally, these themes strongly align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.   


Participation details:  

We invite interested members of the public, creative professionals, students, researchers, and professionals from all fields including public health and health sciences to submit their creative entries based on “the early years of a child's life”. Following are the themes under which the entries can be submitted:  

  • Education, Growth, and Development 

  • Nutrition and Care Practices  

  • Infections for example, Vaccinations; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Environment (for example, Social, Family, and Natural Environment)  

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Early Years   


Submission details:   

The exhibition will accept jpegs of original artwork, photography, digital illustrations, infographics, creative posters, and short films in a mov or mp4 format.  


Here are the guidelines for image/film submissions: 

  • Only 2 entries per person will be accepted.  

  • Applicants under 18 to participate with parental consent.  

  • Images should be supplied at as high a resolution as possible (for printing up to A1 minimum). Low-resolution images will not be accepted. 

  • Images must be supplied in a clean format (e.g., no text, symbols, and borders). 

  • Films or Animations submitted must be of running time of up to 10 minutes or under (including the end credits) in a mov or mp4 format; English subtitles are required for submissions with languages other than English. The total file size should not exceed 500 MB. 

  • Each image or film must be accompanied by the name of contributor(s), title of the image, story behind the image (a brief lay description of the image preferably in the form of a story of 300-350 words).  

  • Images/film submitted should be original. They should not be defamatory and infringe any laws in India, UK, or elsewhere.  

  • Send in your entries to us through the :                                    PARTICIPATION FORM ( ;                                                                Applicants whose entry is selected for the exhibition will be informed by mid March 2021.  

  • All personal data submitted through the form will subject to organisational privacy policies. Submitted entries will not be used by UCL or India Alliance without a prior consent of the copyright owner of the image/film.

    Voluntary Evaluation Study :

  • As part of our efforts to raise awareness and build evidence on the first 1000 days of a child life using public engagement strategies.In the above form we have added a  Voluntary questionnaire to support our evaluation study to improve our future efforts in use Public Engagement . Again this is voluntary and does not effect your creative entry. Only if you agree  - we will anonymously record your inputs and will reach out to you on mail - once - as a followup with a very short questionnaire.  


Showcase details: 

  • The shortlisted entries will be displayed at a Virtual Exhibition on 26th March 2021.  

  • Following this, the shortlisted creative entries will be digitally printed and displayed at a Physical Exhibition planned to be held in November'21 in New Delhi (more details to follow). 

  • Applicants will be invited to participate in interactions with the organisers and experts.   

For further enquiries please reach out to : and with the subject heading The Early Years 





Need inspiration? Check out the PANChSHEEEL picture-book : 

The Birthing a Better Future Art & Science Exhibition banners by Zero2 Expo :

More information: 








                                                    WT-MESH Report               Lancet Study


India Alliance:



Partners: Department of Child Health, University College London (UCL), UK, India Alliance, PANChSHEEEL Project Team, Save the Children, India, Public Arts Health & Us (, India, Zero2Expo, UK, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Public Health Film Society, Oxford, UK, Childhood Infection and Pollution (CHIP) Team, Global Health Alliance.  


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An Institute of Child Health, University College London  (UCL)

& DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance)

Partnership Initiative


Project PI: Prof Monica Lakhanpaul | @ProfLakhanpaul


Project Co-Lead: Dr Kartik Sharma