WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Youth

WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Youth

Under the theme Indigenous Peoples’ Ways of Healing and Well-Being: Honoring Our Ancestors’ Wisdom and Knowledge, Indigenous Peoples' youth are invited to use photography to tell the world how their communities' lifestyles, beliefs and cultures are fundamentally related to their health and well-being.

The photograph and accompanying story could portray, for example:

  • Protective factors that contribute to the participants’ communities health and well-being, such as traditional medicines, access to their lands, territories and resources, traditional foods, water, climate, environment, and traditional healing and healthcare practices;

  • Risk factors challenging their ability to stay healthy; and/or

  • Collective efforts in health promotion in the participants' communities, illustrating a holistic/"one health" approach to health and well-being ("one health" is an integrated, unifying approach to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and the environment).

    Note: The participant should secure consent to display traditional knowledge and/or traditional cultural expressions of their community in the photograph, in accordance with domestic and/or customary laws. Likewise, the photograph and its description should not contain any sacred, secret, or sensitive content that could potentially disclose information meant exclusively for members of the community.

    Who can participate?

  • Participants should be members of Indigenous Peoples located in one of WIPO’s Member States and be between 18 and 35 years old on the closing date for entries (July 15, 2024).


  • The
    participants must have taken the photographs and prepared the brief descriptions themselves.

  • Photographs must not have been previously recognized and/or awarded in another photography competition. Each participant can submit a maximum of one entry. Group entries are not allowed.

  • If required, the participant should secure consent to display traditional knowledge and/or traditional cultural expressions in the photograph. Likewise, the photograph should not contain any sacred, secret or sensitive content.

  • Copyright in the submitted materials remains with the participants. However, participants grant WIPO the right to use the materials submitted following the announcement of the winners solely for the purpose of its educational, promotional, and capacity-building activities and related communication, fully crediting the copyright owners.


    Winners will receive photography equipment of a total value of up to:

  • USD 4,000 (1st place)

  • USD 3,000 (2nd place)

  • USD 2,000 (3rd place)

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Youth

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