Imagine MK – Ideas Competition

This competition has now ended. The prizes for the winning entries were awarded by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Mohammed Khan, on 28th May at Midsummer Place, where they will be exhibited for three weeks.

Hosting the awards ceremony with the MK Mayor

Phase one of the Imagine MK 2030 campaign has seen people of all ages take part in our creative ideas competition, where participants have written, drawn, and electronically designed their ideas to present what they think our future carbon neutral city could or should be like to live in. 

A judging panel comprising representatives volunteering their time from local design architects Eco Design Consultants, charity Help Close By, and Anglian Water‘s Community Education Team, had the tough job of finding three winners in each of the three age categories out of the 140+ entries received.

Well done to everyone who took part. There were some really inspiring ideas put forward.

Congratulations to the winners. We hope to see your ideas come to fruition in MK soon!

Click here for more information, including photographs from the awards ceremony and details on all the competition entries.


The Future of Milton Keynes belongs to all of us. What should it be like?

Our Imagine MK creative ideas competition is for you to share your imaginative thoughts for what sustainable living in Milton Keynes could look like in future.

We are inviting people of all ages across Milton Keynes to get creative and show our leaders the sustainable city we imagine and want to live in.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for inspiration, we want you to choose as many of them as you like, to draw, paint, design or write about your vision for what you want it to be like to live in Milton Keynes in 2030.

Learn more about the SDGs on the United Nations website

How to take part


  • Your drawn, painted or written idea(s) must fit on one A4 page

  • Draw, paint, write or design your original imaginative vision for what you want it to be like to live in Milton Keynes in 2030. Use art and/or text to help explain your ideas.

  • Use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for inspiration, choose one or many of them to form your creative idea.

Need help getting your imagination going? Click here for some ideas.


  • Create the code name for your entry starting with the entrant’s initials and any four numbers. For example, if an entrant’s name is Joe Bloggs, the code name for one submission could be: “JB8521 and if submitting a second entry, that could be: “JB3645“.

  • Save your A4 work as a photo, PDF, PowerPoint slide or Word document and name the file with your code name.

  • If your entry is to the 12 -16 year olds category, send it to  with the code name of your work in the email subject line

  • Keep your original work until the competition winners are announced

  • All entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on 16 April 2021, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and exhibition launch event on 28 May 2021.

Need some help?

Are you a school wanting to submit multiple entries on behalf of your students?

Do you need help converting your work to a digital file?

Got a question you need answering about the competition?

Email us at:

Imagination - a great lesson to take from kids
Imagination – a great lesson to take from kids:

Who can take part?

  • All visitors and residents of Milton Keynes are invited to take part to give us their ideas for what they want the city to be like in 2030

  • Winners will be judged in three age group categories:
    • Under 12s
    • 12 – 16s
    • 17s and over

  • Independent judges will select the most creative, sustainable ideas for display in our Imagine MK exhibition, under the theme: “Our Vision for (Sustainable Living in) Milton Keynes in 2030”.

  • The selected exhibition work will displayed on Transition Town MK’s website and promoted by project sponsors.

  • Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, entries will be displayed for 2 weeks in central Milton Keynes and will appear in 3 or 4 other popular locations across Milton Keynes over Spring/Summer 2021.

Image by Bernd Hildebrandt from Pixabay

The winners & exhibition

  • Independent judges will pick the first, second and third place winning entries in each of the three age group categories:
    • Under 12s
    • 12 – 16s
    • 17s and over

  • All  entries selected for exhibition will be invited to an awards ceremony for the unveiling of our Imagine MK:“Our Vision for (Sustainable Living in) Milton Keynes in 2030” exhibition in central Milton Keynes.

  • All of the above entrants will also receive a small congratulatory gift.

  • Winners selected in first, second and third place in each of the three age group categories will be invited to tell us more about their work concept, and the inspiration behind it.
    • With the entrant’s consent, their winning work will be publicised online and in print with video and photographs for media promotion.

  • All winners will be awarded prizes that have a sustainability and/or MK theme. More details will be available on this website soon.

Why this is important

Milton Keynes Council has set an ambitious environmental target to make our city carbon neutral by 2030. But this can only be achieved if we are all prepared to make changes to the way we do things in our daily lives today.

So where do we start?

The Sustainable Development Goals give us the answers…

What can I do?

We can work together to find creative solutions to the problems that apply to our lives and our city.

Let’s start by imagining the future sustainable city we want to live and work in, together…

Thanks to a Big Lottery Community Fund grant via the national Transition Network, our local Transition Town Milton Keynes group is focused on making 2021 our city’s year of sustainability action.

Big Lottery Community Fund
Transition Network

We are working with Milton Keynes Council Sustainability team’s INTENSIFY project and other partners across the city on our Imagine MK campaign. And we invite you to participate in the creating “Our Vision for (Sustainable Living in) Milton Keynes in 2030” by giving us your ideas.


About us

Transition Town Milton Keynes is all about people working together to reimagine and rebuild our world, starting locally.

We have lots of community projects going on in Milton Keynes that you can get involved in – from litter picks, “Zero plastic” refill schemes, and tree planting, to creating community gardens and campaigning for a more sustainable MK.

Everyone is welcome. We’d love you to join us.

By taking part in our Imagine MK creative ideas competition, your imaginative creations will contribute to the big picture of what we all want Milton Keynes to look like in future.

We want you to get creative and help us show our leaders the sustainable city we imagine for our future.

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