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Zooming in on Biodiversity and Climate Change
The expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be an old cliché, but the great power of a photograph to inspire people or move them into action is not.
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and GIZ are inviting professional and budding photographers from ASEAN countries to use the power of photography to promote awareness of biodiversity and climate change.
Among environmental issues and concerns, the crucial relationship between biodiversity and climate is among the least understood, yet one of the most important.
The relationship between biodiversity and climate change is a two-way street. While climate change is a driver of biodiversity loss, the deterioration of habitats and loss of biodiversity also worsen climate change. Deforestation, for example, is currently estimated to be 20 percent of all human-induced CO2 emissions.
Citizens of the ASEAN region are therefore encouraged to take part in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Fighting global warming and its impacts is a shared responsibility among all people who stand to lose so much – the planet and its various natural treasures that sustain humans’ very existence.
Unfortunately, only a small fraction of the global population, mostly scientists and environmentalists, understands the relationship between biodiversity and climate change, and the impact of these issues in humankind’s survival. This lack of knowledge often translates to the lack of concern.
Thus, there is an urgent need to popularize the link between biodiversity and climate change. One effective way to accomplish this is to use the power of photos.
Open to residents of Asean Countries:
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
The contest categories are:
a. Professional – Photographers who derive income from the sale of photographs or provision of photographic services
b. Amateur – Budding photographers (25 years old and above)
c. Student – Students (16 to 24 years old)
Contest Prize & TERMS
Amateur: 1st Prize: $ 500, 2nd Prize: $ 300, 3rd Prize: $ 200
Student: 1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize:$ 300, 3rd Prize: $ 200
Photographs will also be published in the ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine and featured in an exhibit. ELIGIBILITY: Open to residents of Asean Countries / 16+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: The photographer retains the copyright and all other rights to future use of the photographs entered into the contest. USAGE RIGHTS: By joining the photo contest, the photographers grant ACB and GIZ the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display their photo entries, and to create derivative works from such photographs, in perpetuity, in any of ACB’s on-line, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for purposes of advocating biodiversity conservation and promoting ACB’s programmes, including, but not limited to, for editorial, advertising, publicity, and fundraising purposes, without payment of compensation unless prohibited by law.
Contestants and winners grant ACB permission to provide their names and countries when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using their photos and when identifying them as an entrant or prize winner in the photo contest.
The photographer will be properly acknowledged each time his or her photo is used. However, there may be circumstances when it is not possible to do so.
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