UNIC Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Student Photo Contest for International Students, 2017


The United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo (UNIC Tokyo) and Sophia University are, once again, co-organizing the student photo contest on SDGs with special cooperation from Getty Images Japan. The first photo contest was launched in Japan last year, amassing a total of 624 entries from 47 countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Brazil. We welcome presently enrolled college and university students, graduate students, and vocational school students to apply.

We ask that you choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests you most, and express what it means to you through a photo snapshot. We particularly encourage entries that depict elements of SDGs in your own community. A theme pertaining to the SDGs must also exist within your own country. This year, we will be having the TOGETHER Award and the Concept Award as new additions to the list of awards.

Contest Details:
This contest aims to encourage students to “reflect on sustainable development from his or her own perspective, express it through a photo, and share it with others.” We welcome photos that tell a story; they may come in a journalistic form, presenting a clear problem, or may be abstract and creative, representing your ideas and thoughts. What can you do to change the world? How will the SDGs influence the way you think or act? How can you inform your friends, family, and community members of social issues and prompt them to take action? The answers to these questions will become key to achieving the SDGs. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and apply.

Application Details

A maximum of 3 photos per person that have messages concerning the SDGs may be submitted.
If 4 or more photos are submitted,  the 3 latest photos will be viable.
Be sure to include the title and/or comments of your pieces in English or Japanese.
For terms and conditions, please click here.

Deadline: Submit your photo(s) between Thursday 20 April and Wednesday 30 August 2017. The announcement of the results and the awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in conjunction with United Nations Day, on 24 October.

Qualifications: Applicants must be presently enrolled in university – college and undergraduate students, graduate students, or vocational school students (We welcome entries from applicants of any nationality, including those living abroad)
Submission of a Student ID or relevant IDs to prove one’s being a student is required at a later point.

Awards (subject to change depending on the content and number of applications):
Grand Prize (Foreign Minister’s Award)  1 Prize
Award of Excellence  3 Prizes
Special Award (TOGETHER Award)  1 Prize
Special Award (Concept Award)   1 Prize
Award of Recognition

Leslie Kee, Photographer
Akira Ono, Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun
Hiroaki Mizushima, Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University
Mark Garten, Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)

Judging Panel for the TOGETHER Award: Representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNIC Tokyo, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and United Nations University (UNU)

Judge for the Concept Award: Getty Images Japan (evaluating based on how well the photograph represents the concepts of the SDGs and evokes certain messages or emotions)

Organizers: UNIC Tokyo, Sophia University

Special Cooperation: Getty Images Japan

Endorsed by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Global Compact Network Japan (GC-NJ),
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs

Cooperating Partners: Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., Nikon Corporation, SIGMA Corporation

Media Partner: The Asahi Shimbun

Prize Money and Goods:
Grand Prize (Foreign Minister’s Award) for 1 Person

  • Prize Money JPY100,000
  • Nikon D7500 18-140 VR Lens Kit
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM?Art
  • Goods with UN?SDGs logo
  • Leslie Kee’s Photobook
  • Getty Images’ Photobook

Award of Excellence for 3 Persons

  • Prize Money JPY20,000
  • Nikon D5600 18-140 VR Lens Kit
  • Gift certificate provided by SIGMA (JPY10,000)
  • Goods with UNSDGs logo
  • Leslie Kee’s Photobook
  • Getty Images’ Photobook

Special Awards:

  • TOGETHER Award for 1 Person
  • 5 printed t-shirts with submitted photograph and TOGETHER logo
  • UNIQLO gift card (JPY5,000)
  • Goods with UN?SDGs logo
  • Leslie Kee’s Photobook
  • Getty Images’ Photobook

Concept Award for 1 Person

  • Membership to iStock, a community of creative photographers worldwide
  • Portfolio review by the Art Directors of Getty Images
  • Goods with UNSDGs logo
  • Leslie Kee’s Photobook
  • Getty Images’ Photobook

Award of Recognition

  • Goods with UNSDGs logo
  • Leslie Kee’s Photobook
  • Getty Images’ Photobook

All the awarded photos will be exhibited at some of UNIQLO shops.
(Details will be available in due course.)Exhibiting store list will be posted at this HP  after the contest.)

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