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The #Water4Islands photo contest will begin on 15 February 2016, and ends on 31 March 2017, at 11:59 PM East African Time (EAT). The deadline was extended for some countries. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older and that he or she is a citizen from Comoros, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe or Seychelles. Citizens residing outside the 6 participating countries are excluded from this competition. The IWRM AIO SIDS team reserve itself the right to extend the deadline of the competition.

The competition has closed for citizens from Comoros, Cabo Verde, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mauritius.

Who may enter:
The contest is still open to photographers who are between 18 and 32 years old, or older, from the following country: Seychelles. The IWRM AIO SIDS project team will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion. The contest is open to entrants of all skill levels.

The competition has closed for citizens from Comoros, Cabo Verde, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mauritius.

Mobile phones photos are welcomed entries in this contest provided that the quality is high enough.

For a photo in which a person is recognisable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to the team upon request. A sample model release is available here.

Similarly, entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) may be need to obtain a release from the rights holder and provide it upon request. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s creation.

Photographs that have won other major photo contests, either online or in print are not eligible for submission. If a photograph wins another major photo contest post submission, it is not eligible for a prize, but may still be recognised as an Editor’s Pick. We define winning as having won a grand prize or 1st, 2nd or 3rd place overall. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by the IWRM AIO SIDS project in its sole discretion, are ineligible for all categories of this contest.

How to enter:
Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at: http://aio-iwrm.org/contest.

You may submit no more than five (5) photographs submissions. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 7 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.

We do not accept photographs submitted through e-mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

Finalists might be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file or an original negative, print or slide.

The IWRM AIO SIDS team may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant the IWRM AIO SIDS project (and those authorized by the project team) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any IWRM AIO SIDS project purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising on its website, brochures, online social media platforms, exhibitions and publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The WRM AIO SIDS project will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Photos entered into the contest also grant these rights to the IWRM AIO SIDS project partners, the Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)  and governments authorities in charge of the project in eligible countries.

Entry deadline:
The contest begins on February 15, 2017. All entries must be received through our website www.iwrm-aio.org by 11:59 PM Eastern African Time on 08 July, 2017. The IWRM AIO SIDS team reserve itself the right to extend the deadline of the competition.

Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt and overall impact.

Judging will be conducted by a national jury for the national level of the competition and by a regional jury for the regional level of the competition. There will be 3 finalists per country, and two Grand Prize regional winner selected from the 18 national finalists. Winning photographs will be announced on www.aio-iwrm.org in spring 2017.

The finalists will be notified of their status latest by end of June 2017 and will appear on our website in summer 2017.

The IWRM AIO SIDS team will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry; the IWRM AIO SIDS may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.


National Level:

First prize: Nikon D5500 with a 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit. The IWRM AIO SIDS team reserves itself the right to give another camera of equivalent value.
Second prize: USD 350 or a prize of equivalent value
Third prize: USD 150 or a prize of equivalent value

Regional Level:

Two winners will win a trip to participate to the Stockholm World Water Week that will take place in Sweden in September 2017.

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