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Photography Competition being organized to celebrate 50th International Literacy Day


Powerful images can affect social change. Today, photographers continue to use the camera to win support for social causes: poverty and women’s rights, climate change and development.

UNESCO in collaboration with the Non Formal Education Center (NFEC), is organizing an open photography competition around the theme of ‘Lifelong Learning’.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the International Literacy day and the official slogan for this edition is ‘Reading the Past, Writing the Future’.

The theme was designed to inspire photographs to think about the Sustainable Development Goal 4 ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’, towards the new global vision of Education 2030.

The contest provides an opportunity for talented Nepalese photographers, both amateurs and professionals, to produce work that has a bigger impact on the Nepalese society using their very own artistic maturity and creativity.

The photography competition this year aims to raise awareness of the significance of reorienting the education agenda beyond basic literacy skills and moving it towards lifelong learning, a concept relevant to both developed and developing countries.

Last year’s photography competition on ‘Women’s Literacy’ organized on the occasion of the 2015 International Literacy Day, saw the top 10 entries receiving exposure by UNESCO. The top three photographers were awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Additionally, the best photographs were published in various UNESCO publications.

The deadline for submissions is 8 September 2016. Entries will be judged by a panel of UNESCO representatives based on the overall creativity, originality and relevance to the theme. The top 10 photographs will receive exposure while the top three winners of the competition will be awarded cash prizes and certificates.

The instructions and online registration forms are available here.

Last year’s winning photographs can be seen going through the permalink here.

For further information on the celebration of International Literacy Day, visit: https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyforPeace/