UN Climate Change Photo & Video Contest

Deadline: 30 September 2013
Open to: any photographer, professional and amateur
Prize: $4000 prize for the winners of the photo and the video contest, plus public exhibitions

Description

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat invites you to participate in a contest aimed at highlighting the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism and the importance of market-based approaches in the international response to climate change. The two categories of the contest – photo and personal video – are meant to inspire participants to communicate a complex message in a way that might surprise, entertain and provoke thought.

For the photo contest, they are looking for striking images that showcase CDM projects or their related benefits. Whether it’s a photo highlighting a climate-friendly project or related benefits in health, sanitation, infrastructure development, rural electrification or some other area, we want to see your vision of this remarkable mechanism. Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, artistic merit, and their persuasiveness in telling the story of the CDM on the theme “Changing Lives”. The Wow Factor is also very important, so we’ll be looking for photos able to grab the viewer’s attention and hold it. Have a winning shot? Then send it in and help change lives!

For the video contest, they invite you to grab a video–enabled phone and record yourself completing the phrase: “People should know about this CDM project because?” or “People should know about the CDM because?”, all in 30 seconds or less. They will be looking for videos that highlight the benefits of a registered CDM project and/or able to explain in a clear and concise way how the CDM is contributing to the international response to climate change and sustainable development. Judging will be based on originality and effectiveness in answering the phrases “People should know about this CDM project because?” or “People should know about the CDM because?”.

Prizes

The competition’s sponsors have generously offered a $4000 prize for the winners of the photo and the video contest.

The winning works will be displayed in a dedicated booth at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in November 2013, while short-listed entries could feature prominently in important print and promotional material, on the UNFCCC website and social media. If you can illustrate the benefits of the CDM in a simple and exciting way then share your submission! Show off your work, show off the benefits of the CDM, and help promote sustainable development and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Eligibility

The contest is open to any photographer, professional and amateur. By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographers attest that they created the image and that the submitted image has not been previously published.

All submissions must be associated with a registered CDM project. Check the CDM interactive map to find a registered one near you or search for a registered project using the CDM website’s project search facility.

You may read more about the technical specifications for the photo contest HERE and for the video contest HERE.

Application

The deadline for submissions is midnight on 30 September 2013. The secretariat will not accept photographs or videos submitted through the postal service. Each video should be uploaded to one of the following video sharing sites: YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Video Jug

Log in or sign up with the photo contest registration HERE or the video contest registration HERE.

Each photographer may submit up to three photos. Each project can be the subject of photographs by up to three photographers (for a total maximum of nine images). Photographers will be notified by email that their submission has been received. Please kindly note that the CDM project participants will be notified when a picture of their project is submitted. Therefore, you are advised to get permission from the subject project to avoid disappointment.

Each submitter (individual digital video creator) may submit up to two videos. Each registered CDM project may be the subject of videos by no more than two individuals or groups, for a total maximum of four videos. Submitters will be notified by email that their submission has been received. Please kindly note that CDM project participants will be notified when a video of their project is submitted. Therefore, you are advised to get permission from the subject project to avoid disappointment.

Winning entrants will be notified by email before 1 November 2013. A list of winners will be published on the UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest web page and Video Contest web page.

Contact for further questions and inquiries:

Ms. Judith Adrien
Contest Focal Point
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat
Martin-Luther-King-Strasse 8
53175, Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 815 1355
[email protected]

For more details, please see the official website HERE.

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