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.

Eligibility: Asian photography contest
Free Entry

  • “Zooming in on Biodiversity and Climate Change” seeks to help draw public attention to the challenge of climate change, and the need for both global and local action to address this issue, and protect our own future, as well as that of generations to come. Specifically, it will:
  • Popularize the link between biodiversity and climate change among the general public in the ASEAN region through photographs;
  • Increase the availability of photographs which showcase the intricate relationship between biodiversity and climate change;
  • Ensure greater involvement of media practitioners, professional, amateur and students photographers, as well as the business sector in generating awareness for biodiversity and climate change; and
  • Use the photos generated from the contest as educational tools for the ACB-GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project

Contest Categories
The contest is open to all residents of ASEAN Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar / Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
There are three categories:

  • Professional – Photographers who derive income from the sale of photographs or provision of photographic services
  • Amateur – Budding photographers (25 years old and above)
  • Student – Students (16 to 24 years old)

Selection Criteria
Entries will be assessed based on relevance to the theme, composition, creativity and technical excellence. Two rounds of evaluation will be conducted. There will be a pre-screening where a panel of experts will review the entries and come up with a short list of entries. The short list will then be turned over to a panel of judges for the final screening.

A. Professional

  • 1st Prize $ 1,000
  • 2nd Prize $ 500
  • 3rd Prize $ 300

B. Amateur

  • 1st Prize $ 500
  • 2nd Prize $ 300
  • 3rd Prize $ 200

C. Student

  • 1st Prize $ 500
  • 2nd Prize $ 300
  • 3rd Prize $ 200
  • Their works will also be published in the ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine and featured in an exhibit.
  • Copyright and usage right: The photographer retains the copyright and all other rights to future use of the photographs entered into the contest.
  • : 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.

Deadline: July 31, 2013