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UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest 2011

August 16, 2011

"Installing Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs in India" by Boris Bronger (1754 Visakhapatnam (India) OSRAM CFL Distribution CDM Project)

The UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest 2011 intended to raise awareness about the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism.

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.

About the 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.

This is a great opportunity for photographers to gain global exposure and recognition. The winning works will be displayed at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Durban in December 2011, when the countries of the world will be working hard to develop a global response to the challenge of climate change. Plus, submitted works could feature prominently in important print and promotional material and on the UNFCCC website.

Have a winning shot? Then send it in. Show off your work, show off the benefits of the CDM, and help promote development and GHG emission reductions.

"Learning to Change" by Júlio Alberto Pavese (0268 Lages Methane Avoidance Project)

Entry Criteria

•All entries must be original photographs
•By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographer attests that he/she 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 or 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 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 (GMT), Saturday, 15 October 2011

Judging CriteriaSelection 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 December 2011.

Technical Specifications
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).

"The Farm behind the Dunes" by Christos Anagnostopoulos (0740 Zafarana Wind Power Plant Project)

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. Please use this link to upload your photos.

Step 1: Log in or sign up

Step 2: 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 December 2011. A list of winners will be published on the UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest web page.

Ms. Irini Roumboglou
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 1670

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