CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest

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The CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age, except the operational team of CGAP, the World Bank, and their immediate families.

The contest is looking for original, striking images of the impact of microfinance around the world.

These images may reflect the wide variety of microfinance and microenterprise development around the world, representing a range of products, institutions, and methodologies, and may touch on a broad range of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues.

The CGAP encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings.

Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief description of the photo, including the place and country where the photo was taken, and how it tells the story of microfinance and reflects advances in access to finance.

Entries must be:

  • The original work of the entrant
  • Noninfringing of the rights of others
  • Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted
  • An accurate reflection of the subject matter and scene as it appeared, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)
  • A depiction of microfinance and/or microenterprise development in one or more of the following categories:
  • General
  • Innovation in delivery, particularly through new technologies, institutions, or infrastructure
  • Microfinance and the environment
  • Impact


    CGAP intends to award the following prizes:

    One Grand Prize Winning Package

  • A Microfinance Training Scholarship to the Boulder Program in Turin, Italy, (including economy airfare) or another development training opportunity agreed with CGAP up to a maximum value of $5000 Or
  • A $2000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories
  • Winner's certificate

    One Second Prize winner:

  • $500 gift certificate for photography equipment
  • Winner’s certificate

    One Third Prize winner:

  • $250 gift certificate for photography equipment
  • Winner’s certificate

    Winner from each Region:

    One winner from each region (based on where the photo was taken): Latin America/Caribbean; Eastern Europe and Central Asia , Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa; South Asia; and East Asia and Pacific.

  • $200 in photography equipment
  • Winner’s certificate Winner from all Categories:

    Fifteen (15) Winners from across all the categories

  • $50 gift certificate for photography equipment + winner’s certificate

    Application Deadline; 15 September.

    For More Information and Application, Please Visit;CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest Website

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