The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a Digital Photo Contest on the theme of ‘Water and Life’ to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. This contest also coincides with the United Nation’s International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.
- The photo contest is open to anybody from anywhere in the world as long as he/she is above the legal age of 18 at the time of participation.
- There is no entry fee required to participate.
- Each participant can submit up to three photos per category. As there are a total of three categories, each participant can contribute up to nine photos.
- ICIMOD staff, ICIMOD consultants, and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.
The remaining 27 photos will receive Honourable Mentions, along with certificates.
The winning entries and those receiving Honorable Mentions may be exhibited in Hindu Kush Himalayan countries in future, including as part of ICIMOD’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.
- human needs, biodiversity, environment, and poverty reduction;
- population growth, migration, urbanization, socioeconomic development, changing lifestyles, pollution, tourism, and climate change and adaptation; and
- gender, equity, access or rights to water, and water cooperation.
Category 1: Uses and benefits of water and related resources
Themes in this category could include: the significance of high altitude wetlands both spiritually and as wintering grounds for migratory birds; waterways for transport of goods and people; (micro)hydropower generation; water sports and adventure (fishing, rafting, kayaking, etc.) for promoting tourism; aquatic resources, including fisheries; water mills; panning for gold; irrigation for farming; water for human needs, biodiversity, and environment.
Category 2: Hazards, conflicts, or issues related to water (or lack thereof)
Themes in this category could include: landslides; flash and riverine floods; glacial lake outburst floods; drought; desertification; overextraction of ground water; siltation/sedimentation; water logging; displacement; water pollution with health implications; water-related diseases; water disputes or conflicts arising due to lack of access to water or related resources.
Category 3: Good Practices in Water and Related Risk Management
Themes in this category could include: good practices based on traditional, indigenous, or modern knowledge, e.g., traditional irrigation systems; micro-irrigation; water-related adaption measures; rooftop water harvesting; early warning systems for floods/glacial lake outburst floods; water-related disaster preparedness; bioengineering/reforestation to prevent water-induced landslides; water storage and distribution systems; water purification; water-powered renewable energy technologies; integrated water management approaches; equitable water sharing; technologies/approaches for reducing drudgery for women, such as the time spent fetching water or irrigating a farmland; cryosphere or river basin monitoring; hydrological/meteorological data collection; good examples of water cooperation.
Terms and Conditions
- Entries must be digital black and white or colour images, submitted in a .jpeg, or .jpg format, between 2 to 8 MB in size (300dpi). Color images changed to black and white as well as scanned (digitized) images of non-digital photographs, negatives, or transparencies are also acceptable. Watermarks are not acceptable.
- Entrants are encouraged to submit more recent photos even though those taken in the distant past – say 7-8 years ago – are also acceptable.
- Entries must be about water or related resources or issues in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region AND must have been taken in any of ICIMOD’s regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, or Pakistan.
- Each contestant may submit up to three photos in each category.
- Minimal cropping is permitted. Minor adjustments, including dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustments, are acceptable as long as the integrity of the original photo is maintained. High dynamic range images (HDR) and composite images are not acceptable.
- Entries should be the work of the entrant, and he/she must own the copyrights. Entries that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyrights, are not eligible.
- Photos that have already been contributed to ICIMOD in the past; photos that have been awarded or given honourable mentions in any photo contest, either online or in print; and photos that have already been used in print or online publications (including but not limited to posters, online and print media, publicity materials, books, and articles) are not eligible. However, you may submit photos that you have already used in your personal or social spaces such as blogs, Facebook and Flickr.
- For a photo in which a person is recognizable, the entrant may be asked to secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, from the subject’s parent or guardian..
- The entrant retains the rights to his/her photographs; however, by entering the photo contest, he/she grants ICIMOD and its media partners a non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries and texts, in whole or in part, in any media now existing (such as publications, websites, and social media) or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard purposes of ICIMOD. Due credit will be given to the entrant each time his/her photo is used, wherever feasible. ICIMOD will provide a digital copy (print copy on request) to the entrant of any publication that includes his/her image. Photos and text will not be used for commercial purposes.
- Entrants may be requested to send in original image files of their entries.
ICIMOD reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to tamper with the photo contest; violate the above terms and conditions; or infringe on the rights of third parties. Decisions of ICIMOD are final.
How to submit entries?
Deadline for submission
Criteria for judging the entry
- Technical quality, clarity, and composition; visual impact.
- Overall effectiveness in conveying a compelling/interesting story through the photo on water or related resources in relation to human needs, biodiversity, environment, climate change and adaptation, gender, etc. Therefore, the choice of subject and how you choose to describe it in the entry submission form, including captioning, are very important.
- Novelty, flair for the unexpected, ability to capture a photo-perfect moment, ‘wow’ factor, etc.
Announcement of winning entries
Queries or clarification
ICIMOD Photo Contest Organising Team
Website: http://www.icimod.org/photocontest/2013/Note: In order to keep abreast of the news and developments related to the photo contest, the entrants are requested to visit the photo contest website regularly, and read emails sent by the ICIMOD Photo Contest Organizing Team.