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WIPO Photography Prize 2023 | Cash Prizes

WIPO Photography Prize 2023 | Cash Prizes

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Applications are open for the WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Youth 2023. Through this activity, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates and makes widely known the creativity of young members of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Participation encourages Indigenous and local community youth to convey an impactful message about their peoples, communities and culture through photographic storytelling.

The WIPO Photography Prize also raises awareness among young participants and their communities on how copyright can be used by them to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs, as well as how the protection of traditional cultural expressions relates to intellectual property rights.

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Theme of the Photography Prize: How We Wear Our Culture Is How We Tell Our Stories

Under the theme, How We Wear Our Culture Is How We Tell Our Stories, young members of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are invited to take and submit photographs that deliver an important message about their communities’ clothing.

The photographs would, for example, depict clothing that reflects cultural identity or cultural significance and embodies traditional designs and/or contemporary designs that are tradition-based and still reflective of the community’s cultural identity. The clothing may be everyday clothing or garments, textiles, or clothes worn for special occasions. “Clothing” includes headdresses, footwear and jewelry.

WIPO Photography Prize

Winners will receive a variety of awards, including photography equipment with a total value of up to:

  • First Place: CHF 3,500
  • Second Place: CHF 2,500
  • Third Place: CHF 1,500

Eligibility for WIPO Photography Prize

  • Participants should be members of Indigenous Peoples or local communities located in one of the 193 WIPO’s Member States;
  • Be under 30 years old on the closing date for submissions. For participants not of legal age (e.g., 18 years old), authorization from a legal guardian is required.
  • 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. Combined 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.

Judging Process

  • Photographs will be judged on a technology-neutral basis, that is, without considering the participants’ professional experience or background or the use of professional or special equipment.
  • The evaluation criteria for applications are the expression of the theme; originality, creativity, and artistic expression; inspirational power; visual appeal; and community-related impact.
  • WIPO will appoint an external jury to shortlist several entries, followed by a selection of winners. The judges will be internationally recognized Indigenous photographers and other persons knowledgeable on the theme. WIPO will, in consultation with the judges, review and decide if the entries submitted comply with all the requirements outlined in the Photography Prize rules.
  • All accepted photographs and other submission materials, along with the participants’ full names, may be published on the WIPO website and competition platform.

Application of WIPO Photography Prize

  • Make an original photograph on the theme of How We Wear Our Culture Is How We Tell Our Stories, supported by a brief description on how the photograph relates to and expresses your feelings about the theme.
  • Submitted photographs should follow the formatting guidelines outlined in the paragraph 5 of the Photography Prize rules (PDF | Doc)
  • Include a title as well as a brief personal profile about yourself. And the Indigenous People or local community to which you belong. These materials should be prepared in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
  • Submit your entry by July 2, through the online submission platform.

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Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline02 July,2023
Open toAll
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