Photo Contest “Safeguarding Our Future: Sustainable Transport and Energy”

Deadline: 31 July 2011
Open to: professional and amateur photographers
Prizes: 1st prize winner will travel to Prague for the award ceremony, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will also be awarded photographic equipment

An OSCE photo contest invites photographers, both professional and amateur, residing in the OSCE area including in Partner for Co-operation states, to submit up to three photos illustrating the importance of development of sustainable energy and transport.

True security requires not only the absence of a military threat – it also requires a safe environment, sufficient economic opportunities and the respect for human rights. The OSCE works in all these fields to strengthen security.

Finding environment-friendly ways to produce energy and transport goods is crucial to safeguard our future. In this regard, supporting the development of sustainable energy and transport has been high on the OSCE’s economic and environmental agenda for several years.


1.The contest is open to all photographers, professional and amateur, living and working in the OSCE area, including the Partner for Co-operation countries. Non-professional photographers are particularly encouraged to participate.
2.There is no entrance fee.
3.Each participant may enter a maximum of three photos.
4.Participants should keep copies of all material submitted as entries will not be returned.
5.All participants must register for the competition by completing and submitting the official entry form.
6.All participants must certify on the entry form that the material is their own and copyrights have not been violated.
7.Any necessary clearances should be submitted along with the entry form. Without the proper entry form the photo(s) will not be considered.
8.All participants must agree to the subsequent use of their photo material by the OSCE, which reserves the right to publish the winning entry and the finalists, with the appropriate credit, in its non-profit publications, brochures and other materials, including calendars and posters, as well as on its website and other online platforms.
9.OSCE employees and their immediate family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings) are ineligible for the participation in the contest.

How to Apply

Photo requirements
1.The photo should capture the photographer’s vision of the significance of sustainable transport and energy.
2.The photo should have been taken in the OSCE area (including 56 OSCE participating States and 12 Partners for Co-operation) since the year 2006.
3.The entries cannot be a photomontage or a collage. Post processing should be limited to cropping, burning, dodging, conversion to black and white and normal exposure and colour correction.
4.The photo(s) should be at least 2,000 pixels on the longer side. Low resolution images will not be accepted.
5.The photo(s) can be sent in JPEG or other common formats.
6.Photos must be submitted digitally along with the entry form and sent by e-mail to If necessary, you may send your submission and the entry form on a USB stick, CD-ROM or other standard storage medium to the following address: Photo contest 2011, OSCE Press and Public Information Section, Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Only digital entries are accepted.
7.Contributions must have a title and include a short explanation, using a maximum of 150 characters, indicating the country, city or region where the picture was taken and when.
8.No copyrighted material may be entered in the contest.
9.The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2011, 24:00 (midnight) Central European Time. Submissions and completed entry forms must be received by this date.


The winners will be announced in mid-August. The prize for the 1st prize winner will be a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, to attend an award ceremony on the margins of the Economic and Environmental Forum on 14-16 September 2011, and photographic equipment. The 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive photography equipment. The works of winners and finalists will be exhibited at an exhibition during the Forum. All finalists and winners will receive certificates. Roundtrip airfare from the place of residence to Prague and accommodation costs for the 1st prize winner will be covered.

Contest rules and other details

The Official Website