The UNDP–Olympus-AFP Foundation Photo Contest

The photo contest “Picture This:

Caring for the Earth” is jointly sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, the Olympus Corporation and the AFP Foundation.

Its aim is to portray the people of Africa as stewards and protectors of their environment, and photos submitted for the contest must illustrate that theme.

Special attention will be given to photos that take into account the role that women can and do play in that regard.

Photos submitted for the contest should also document people in Africa working to mitigate or prevent the effects of climate change or environmental degradation in general.

They should be taken from a journalistic sensibility and tell a human story.

They could profile a breaking news story, or an on-going project; they could also profile a particular African and her or his work, or a community and its work.

There are two categories: individual photos (up to 5 entries per person) and photo essay (one photo essay, 4-10 photos per essay, per person).

You may only enter one category.


  • The contest is open to all photographers, with no restrictions based on age, gender or nationality.

  • Minors are responsible for ensuring their submission is in compliance with the legal requirements of their country.

  • Photos must have been taken in the past 24 months (between August to August ).

  • You must enter as either a professional or an amateur.

  • You must have lived in a country of Africa for 12 months between August to August .


  • The top three winners in each category will receive Olympus cameras.

  • The winning photos and photo essays will be displayed on the websites of all three sponsors and shown in at least two exhibitions in Africa and the United States.

  • The first prize winners will be flown to New York for an awards ceremony.

  • One first prize winner in the professional category will also be eligible for a fellowship through the AFP Foundation.

    Deadline: 30th September

    For more information and application, visit: The UNDP–Olympus-AFP Foundation Photo Contest Website

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