UNESCO Photo Contest 2016

UNESCO Photo Contest 2016

Last date to apply

August 31, 2016

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About UNESCO Photo Contest

UNESCO Photo Contest 2016 is conducted by the UNESCO New Delhi office. The application process has already begun, this year the applications are invited for photo contest on the theme “Science for Sustainable Future”. This theme is to promote the social media campaign #Science4Sustainability.

  • UNESCO Photo Contest is open to six UNESCO Cluster countries namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The first prize of the winner is 500 USD. 
  • The last date to apply or submit the photographs by the entrants is August 31, 2016.

Top 10 Photo Contest

About #Science4Sustainability

#Science4Sustainability is a social media campaign to promote science education and research to empower people to design the solutions they need. The campaign has started on the World Environment Day, June 5, 2016, and end on the World Science Day, November 10, 2016.

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UNESCO Photo Contest Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both  
Region India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka 
Class/ Age Photographers with no age limit

UNESCO Photo Contest is open to six UNESCO Cluster countries that is, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


UNESCO staff and their family members are not eligible to participate in the photo contest.


UNESCO Photo Contest Reward

The top three entries will receive the following cash prize:




500 USD


300 USD


200 USD

  • A Special prize of 200 USD will be awarded to the most popular photo on social media.
  • 2 from each category that is total 10 contest winners will receive Certificates of Merit and Memento.
  • The top 4 winning entries will have the honour of being displayed at the UNESCO New Delhi Office.
  • The winning photographs will also feature on UNESCO New Delhi’s website and winners will also be announced on the UNESCO New Delhi website as well as on UNESCO official social media platforms.

UNESCO Photo Contest Application form and Process

The candidates who wish to participate in UNESCO Photo Contest 2016 will have to apply online on or before August 31, 2016. The candidates can submit photograph under one (or more) of the following five thematic categories:  

  • Science for Everyday Life
  • Science for Peace and Development
  • Biodiversity, Natural Heritage, and Wildlife
  • Water and Life
  • Climate Change

Important Instructions for the UNESCO Photo Contest 2016

The photos must be taken by the entrant himself or herself. The photos can be color-corrected or have filters applied, but should not be digitally manipulated in terms of content and context. The photographs should not include any watermark or borders on the image.

  • The entrants can send any number of entries because there is no limit on submission of photographs.
  • The photo can be taken using a mobile phone, camera or any other device. The photograph must bear the following specifications:
    • Resolution: Minimum 300 dpi with high resolution
    • Size: upto 5 MB
    • Format: jpeg

Submission of the Photographs

The photographs must be submitted under the five thematic categories given below along with their name and their country of stay along with a short description of the photo, not more than 30 words. The photograph then should be e-mailed to unescondlphotos@gmail.com.  

Special Prize entries

The entrant can also participate and win Special Prize for the Most Popular Photo on Social Media, to do so :

  • The candidates have to like the UNESCO facebook page that is https://www.facebook.com/unesconewdelhi/ or follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/UNESCO_NDL.
  • The candidates will then have to Upload their photo on Facebook or twitter with the hashtag #Science4Sustainability #UNESCONewDelhi. The candidates must make sure that the post is public. The photo with maximum likes and shares either on Facebook or with maximum retweets on twitter shall win this prize.

UNESCO Photo Contest Selection Process

UNESCO will do the selection of the winning photographs of the entrants on the basis of the following three criteria:

  • Originality: The photographs submitted must be the original imagination of the entrants and they must create something most unique and memorable.
  • Effectiveness: The photograph submitted by each entrants must convey an effective message.
  • Quality: The quality will be based on the composition and aesthetics of the photo submitted.

It is to be noted that the decision made by UNESCO will be final and no further changes can be made. Any attempt  made by an entrant to influence the result or subvert the contest will lead to immediate disqualification.

UNESCO Photo Contest Address

B-5/29, Safdarjung Enclave 
New Delhi - 110 029

UNESCO Photo Contest Contact Details

E-mail: newdelhi@unesco.org
Tel:  (91-11) 26713000
Fax: (91-11) 26713001, 26713002

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