13th Annual CGAP Photo and Video Contest for International Students, 2018-19

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About the Competition

Africa is a center for financial innovation, home to M-Pesa, the mobile money service launched a decade ago that has revolutionized digital financial services and helped lift many thousands of households from poverty. Africa also is the continent with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, and many lack the financial tools that could help improve their lives.
For its 13th annual contest, CGAP is looking for striking photographs and short videos that tell the story of how financial services empower poor people and communities in Africa. Show us how financial services expand opportunities for poor people in Africa and enable people to build sustainable livelihoods.
An expert panel of judges will award prizes for vivid, memorable work that shows why financial inclusion matters.
Please submit your photographs and 45-second videos by December 14, 2018. Explore the gallery.

WHO: The 2018 CGAP Photo Contest is open to all photographers and video-graphers who are at least 18 years old. (The operational team of CGAP, the World Bank Group, and their immediate families are excluded from participating.)

WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images and video stories portraying the impact of micro-finance and financial inclusion for poor people in Africa. These images and stories may reflect a range of products and services, people and institutions, and may touch on social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We are seeking entries in both rural and urban settings and people from all walks of life.

HOW: Up to 20 photographs and/or videos may be submitted per person. Entries may be entered by uploading digital files. The maximum file size for photos is 20 megabytes (MB), and for videos 300 MB. Each photo or video submission must be accompanied by:

CAPTION: a short description of the activity or situation depicted
– DATE the image was taken, the location and country
– NAME of the person(s) shown with their permission to use (see below)

Entries: CGAP requests that the photographer follows the widely recognized standards and ethical guidance for development photography and obtains informed consent whenever reasonably possible from any subjects photographed. Entries must:

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  • Be the original work of the entrant and shot in the last two years
  • Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.
  • Respect the rights, sensitivities, and culture of communities and/or persons depicted, including the subject’s right to consent to being photographed.
  • Fairly represent the situation, subject’s identity and physical location of the image, without alteration (other than standard photographic techniques for optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)

WHEN: All entries must be submitted by 23:59 GMT/18:59 US EST on 14 December 2018. Voting for the People’s Choice Award begins at 24:00 GMT/19:00 EST on 14 December 2018 and ends 23:59 GMT/ 18:59 EST on 21 December 2018.

FILE REQUIREMENTS: Digital images or scans of prints may be uploaded. Original files of camera-made digital photos may not exceed 20 megabytes (20 MB), and video files 300 MB. CGAP cannot be responsible for lost, damaged, late or misdirected entries, or for faulty uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention, or technical malfunctions.

JUDGING: Judges will include professional photographers, videographers and photo editors. Entries will be judged on subject matter relevance, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The story behind the photo or video may influence the judges’ decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final.

WINNING ENTRIES: All entries may be used by CGAP in printed publications, on any CGAP web asset, CGAP event, in a CGAP slideshow, or in any other CGAP-produced media including social media. CGAP may copy and display photographs and videos in any country, provided that all uses are accompanied by appropriate attribution to the photographer or videographer. CGAP shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgment, winner eligibility. A selection of winning photos and videos may be featured on CGAP’s websites – www.cgap.org and microfinancegateway.org – and in exhibitions at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and other prestigious venues.

LEGAL CONDITIONS: By entering the contest, you must agree to the Legal Conditions. Entry of photographs into the Contest implies acceptance of these conditions, regardless of whether entrants sign a statement confirming acceptance.

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