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Smart Villages Photography Competition 2017

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Smart Villages Photography Competition 2017

It is this innovative combination of access to modern, clear energy with productive use and community development that we consider constitutes a rural community or village being “Smart”. We believe the concept of “Smart Villages” serves as a valuable counterpoint to “Smart Cities” for the half of the world’s population (and majority of the world’s poor) who do not live in urban areas, and can help ensure that, although rural populations may be remote, they are no longer disadvantaged by a lack of infrastructure and services.

Smart Villages, an initiative that explores the challenges and opportunities for access to decentralised energy acting as a catalyst for rural development, is holding a global photography competition. Find out more about the Smart Villages initiative at e4sv.org 

This competition focuses on how energy access changes the life of rural communities around the world, and the concept of “Smartness” i.e., not just provision of off-grid energy to villages, but how that energy is being used in productive, innovative, and even entrepreneurial ways to achieve sustainable development outcomes for the individuals and communities concerned.


US$2000 for the overall winner

US$1000 for the runner up

Two US$500 prizes for each of the four categories

One prize, of US$1000, is reserved for a junior photographer (under 18 years of age).

The winning photographs will be featured by the Smart Villages Initiative in a number of ways, including international exhibitions (particularly at our forthcoming policy workshops), incorporation in Smart Villages publications, and for use on our website and social media.

Instruction for submission

Please fill in the form on our web site, where you will specify to which category you wish to submit your photo. Please also tell us your name, age, nationality, and include a caption or title and description for your photo/s. Please also tell us where the photo is taken (including village/district names and locations as well as countries), and the names of any individuals featured in the photos.

Entry form: http://e4sv.org/application-photography/ 

Rules and guidelines: http://e4sv.org/competition/photography/

Photo categories

  1. Productive uses of energy, such as agriculture, manufacturing,
    services, tourism
  2. Sustainable rural energy for community services and rural development:  health, education, communication, water, sanitation, environmental preservation
  3. Sustainable rural energy and gender (girls and women and boys and men)
  4. Rural energy access and innovation: new technologies, new uses of technology, new solutions to problems, community innovations, etc

Official Link: http://e4sv.org/competition/photography/

Deadline: 30th April, 2017


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 April,2017



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