Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer, send us your best photos on the theme “CDM Changing Lives” and help the world learn about the value of the CDM and market-based approaches to combat climate change.
Image Photo Contest
We’re 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!
Submission deadline:30 September 2013
All entries must be original photographs
By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographers attest that they created the image and that the submitted image has not been previously published
Photographers must have obtained any necessary third-party releases
Photographers are responsible for ensuring that their submissions are in compliance with the legal and copyright laws of their country
The contest is open to any photographer, professional and amateur
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
CDM project participants will be notified when a photo of their project has been submitted, so photographers are advised to get permission from the subject project to avoid disappointment. Contact details are contained in the project design document, accessed through the CDM website’s project search facility
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)
The UNFCCC/CDM “Changing Lives” Photo Contest closes at midnight (CET), Monday, 30 September 2013
Selection and final judging will be based on the following criteria:
Creativity and originality
Composition (technical excellence and quality)
Artistic merit (wow factor)
Content and persuasiveness in telling the story of the CDM on the theme “Changing Lives”.
Submitted images will undergo an initial selection by the contest organizers. The top 20 images will be scored by a panel of five judges, and the judges’ scores will be averaged to produce a final score. In the event of a tie for highest score, the entry with the higher artistic merit (wow factor) score will be deemed the winner.
The judges will be drawn from the fields of industry, civil society and the arts. The names of the judges will be posted after the closing of the contest. The panel’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be accepted. Winning photographers will be notified by email before 1 November 2013.
Submissions must be:
In JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) digital format
At least 2,500 pixels wide (horizontal image) or at least 2,500 pixels tall (vertical image)
Saved at 300 pixels/inch resolution
High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable
Digital files can be saved as 8 bit RGB with the JPEG image compression option set at quality level 8 (80%) or higher
Digital photographs should be shot at the highest resolution possible
Each submitted image should not be more than 10 MBs in size
Note that the top 50 finalists may be asked to re-submit a higher resolution file or an 8×10 professional photographic print for further promotional purposes (the latter would be at the expense of the UNFCCC/CDM).
Conditions and Rules of Contest
By submitting their images to the contest, photographers indicate that they have read the rules and conditions of the contest and accept the terms listed below:
By submitting your photo(s) you assure UNFCCC/CDM that you shot the photo, that you are the rightful owner of the photo, and that you have obtained any necessary third-party releases. The contest organizers reserve the right to request your copy of any personal release, location release or artist release.
Photographers retain the rights to their images, but grant to the UNFCCC the right to use the submitted images.
Photographers grant UNFCCC/CDM a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of their submitted images, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for UNFCCC/CDM non-profit public information purposes. UNFCCC/CDM will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
UNFCCC/CDM reserves the right to contact photographers to confirm information in the submission form or for any other purpose considered necessary.
UNFCCC/CDM reserves the right to disqualify photographers who are unable to validate the information submitted on the submission form.
Winners are responsible for paying any applicable taxes they may owe on a prize.
UNFCCC/CDM reserves the right to cancel or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of UNFCCC/CDM will be final.
Photographers whose contact information has changed during the course of the contest should notify the Contest Focal Point.
How to submit your photo
The secretariat will not accept photographs submitted through the postal service.
Step 1: Follow the link “Submit your photos”
Step 2: Log in or sign up with the CDM website
Step 3: Upload your photos 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.
Winning photographers will be notified by email before 1 November 2013. A list of winners will be published on the UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest web page.
Ms. Judith Adrien
Contest Focal Point
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat
53175, Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 815 1355