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Deadline: July 25, 2013
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Entry: Free Entry

Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition

The Third UNCCD Photo Contest

UNCCD Photo Contest

For the third time,the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is holding a photography contest in the lead up to the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to theUNCCD. The contest is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment,Namibia, and ENTICO Corporation. Photographers, both amateur and professional from any country can submit up to five pictures electronically. An international jury of renown professional photographers and experts on the issues of sustainable land management will judge the images and pick the winning photos.

The winner of the picture voted by the public – People’s Choice Award ‐ and the best photograph submitted from each of the regions will receive honorable mention. Photographers from Namibia will also be automatically entered for a special award category.

Pictures will be assessed for their:

creativity and originality
composition (technical excellence and quality)
artistic merit(wow factor) and
content(relevance)

UNCCD Photo Contests aim to find pictures that communicate powerfully about the problems and solutions to land degradation. Pictures that inspire action by showing the human impact on the land, human innovation in restoring degraded areas or the possibilities that exist to manage land sustainably must be graphic. Pictures that communicate hope, optimism and the possibility of change are particularly desired. Our ultimate aims are to show the changing relations between people and their land and soil, raise public awareness about the different sides of desertification, land degradation and drought; encourage the public and policy‐makers to act, especially promoting sustainable land use practices; and to show the benefits of managing land/soils properly.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: All winners, including those receiving special mention, will receive a certificate. In addition, a monetary award will be given to the top three wining pictures.
1st prize 1800 Euro
2nd prize 700 Euro
3rd prize 500 Euro

People’s Choice Award: The picture that wins the public vote will receive a special mention, a certificate and a goody bag.

The first‐prize winner will attend the award ceremony in Windhoek, Namibia, in September 2013.

Winning pictures will be published on the UNCCD Photo Contest web page in the month leading to the Conference and exhibited in public spaces in Namibia during the conference period.

Shortlisted pictures and those commended for special mention will also be posted on the UNCCD Photo gallery and screened on monitors during the conference. ELIGIBILITY: Open to All / 13+

In digital format must be:JPEG(.jpg or.jpeg) in portrait or landscape format at a resolution of 72dpi or 800x600 pixels, saved as 8 bit RGB with the JPEG image compression option set at quality level 8 (80%) or higher

In non‐digital format must be:High‐quality scans of non‐digital photographs, Scans of negatives,transparencies or photo prints are eligible.Each submitted image is 5 MB or less in size. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: You confirm to the contest organizers that you shot the photo,that you are the rightful owner of the photo, and that you have obtained any necessary third‐party releases. Photographer retains the copyrights to his/her images. USAGE RIGHTS: The photographer grants to the UNCCD, without need for attribution, prior permission or additional pay or consideration:the right to use the submitted images royalty‐free, world‐wide and in perpetuity;the non‐exclusive license to copy, display, distribute,reproduce, and create derivative works of the submitted images, in whole orin part, in anymedia now existing or subsequently developed,for all UNCCD non‐profit public information purposes.

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