Applications Invited for Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest

Applications Invited for Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest

Organization: UNESCO

Event Duration: 30 Sep. 2019 - 06 Jan. 2020

Apply By: 06 Jan 2020

About the Organization:

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. They seek to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

About the Event:

UNESCO, through its Headquarters in Paris, France (hereinafter "the Organizer"), is organizing a free-of-charge photography contest called Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads, with the theme "Reveal the Silk Roads", (through Gastronomy and Food Production, Music and Dance, and Traditional Sports and Games), only on the Internet, under the terms and conditions defined below.

The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is an opportunity for young people living or travelling within these regions to share their perceptions and further their understanding of the common cultural heritage and pluralistic identities emerging from the interactions and exchanges taking place along the Silk Roads. The contest encourages the use of photography to extend these cultural interactions and encounters in the contemporary world, to foster mutual understanding and promote peace amongst the diverse populations encompassed by the Silk Roads.

A travelling exhibition of around fifty photos that best represent the spirit of the contest will be exhibited in various places around the world. To commemorate the occasion, these exceptional photographs will ultimately appear in a professionally bound photo album.


The photographs must accurately reflect the theme, "Reveal the Silk Roads", through representations of:

  • Gastronomy and Food Production
  • Music and Dance
  • Traditional Sports and Games


The photography contest is open to everyone between 14 and 25 years old, regardless of his or her country of residence, except employees of UNESCO and the donor, China World Peace Foundation, and their family members (parents, children, siblings and spouses).

There will be two categories:

  • 14 to 17 years old
  • 18 to 25 years old

To participate, minors must provide written permission from their legal guardian(s)

Selection Criteria:

Photographs will be selected on their originality, creativity, photographic quality and relevance to the themes of the 2019 "Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads" Photo Contest. The choice will be made according to the discretion of the Selection Committee. No appeals will be considered.


In each age category, three photographs will be awarded by the international members of the Selection Committee. It is composed of six international personalities who are recognized for their artistic work and designated by the UNESCO. Subsequently, the Selection Committee is composed of five members with a chairman, as well as a representative of the UNESCO Director General.

  • 1st Award:  A professional digital single-lens reflex camera equipped with 18-55mm lens
  • 2nd Award: Semi-professional digital camera
  • 3rd Award: Digital camera

In the case of tied votes, the chairman of the Selection Committee will select the winner.

Closing Date: The entries must be submitted by 11.59.59 p.m. (GMT) on 6 January 2020.

The announcement of the winners will be made on 21 March 2020, on https://en.unesco.org/silkroad

If you have any other questions about the competition, please email: SilkRoadsPhotoContest@unesco.org 

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