Entry Criteria | Judging Criteria | Technical Specifications
Conditions and Rules of Contest | How to submit your photo
All entries must be original photographs
By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographer attests that he/she created
the image and that the submitted image has not been previously published
Photographers must have obtained any necessary third-party releases
Photographers are responsible for ensuring that their submissions are in compliance with the legal
and copyright laws of their country
The contest is open to any photographer, professional or amateur
All submissions must be associated with a registered CDM project. Check the
CDM interactive map to find a registered
one near you or search for a registered project using the CDM website’s project
project search facility
CDM project participants will be notified when a photo of their project has been submitted, so
photographers are advised to get permission from the subject project to avoid disappointment.
Contact details are contained in the project design document, accessed through the CDM website’s
project search facility
Each photographer may submit up to three photos
Each project can be the subject of photographs by up to three photographers (for a total maximum of nine images)
The UNFCCC/CDM “Changing Lives” Photo Contest closes at midnight (GMT), Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Selection and final judging will be based on the following criteria:
Creativity and originality
Composition (technical excellence and quality)
Artistic merit (wow factor)
Content and persuasiveness in telling the story of the CDM on the theme “Changing Lives”.
Submitted images will undergo an initial selection by the contest organizers.
The top 20 images will be scored by a panel of five judges, and the judges’ scores will be averaged to produce a
final score. In the event of a tie for highest score, the entry with the higher artistic merit (wow factor)
score will be deemed the winner.
The judges will be drawn from the fields of industry, civil society and the arts. The names of the judges will
be posted after the closing of the contest. The panel’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be
accepted. Winning photographers will be notified by email before 1 December 2010.
Submissions must be:
In JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) digital format
At least 2,500 pixels wide (horizontal image) or at least 2,500 pixels tall (vertical image)
Saved at 300 pixels/inch resolution
High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable
Digital files can be saved as 8 bit RGB with the JPEG image compression option set at quality level 8 (80%) or higher
Digital photographs should be shot at the highest resolution possible
Each submitted image should not be more than 10 MBs in size
Note that the top 50 finalists may be asked to re-submit a higher resolution file or an 8x10
professional photographic print for further promotional purposes (the latter would be at the expense of the UNFCCC/CDM).
Conditions and Rules of Contest
By submitting their images to the contest, photographers indicate that they have read the
rules and conditions of the contest and accept the terms listed below:
By submitting your photo(s) you assure UNFCCC/CDM that you shot the photo, that you are the rightful owner
of the photo, and that you have obtained any necessary third-party releases. The contest organizers reserve the
right to request your copy of any personal release, location release or artist release.
Photographers retain the rights to their images, but grant to the UNFCCC the right to use the submitted images.
Photographers grant UNFCCC/CDM a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display,
distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of their submitted images, in whole or in part, in any media
now existing or subsequently developed, for UNFCCC/CDM non-profit public information purposes. UNFCCC/CDM will
not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
UNFCCC/CDM reserves the right to contact photographers to confirm information in the submission form or for
any other purpose considered necessary.
UNFCCC/CDM reserves the right to disqualify photographers who are unable to validate the information submitted
on the submission form.
Winners are responsible for paying any applicable taxes they may owe on a prize.
UNFCCC/CDM reserves the right to cancel or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of UNFCCC/CDM will be final.
Photographers whose contact information has changed during the course of the contest should notify the Contest Focal Point.
How to submit your photo
The secretariat will not accept photographs submitted through the postal service.
Step 1: Log in or sign up
Step 2: Upload your photos
Each photographer may submit up to three photos.
Each project can be the subject of photographs by up to three photographers (for a total maximum of nine images).
Photographers will be notified by email that their submission has been received.
Please kindly note that the CDM project participants will be notified when a picture of their project is submitted.
Therefore, you are advised to get permission from the subject project to avoid disappointment.
Winning photographers will be notified by email before 1 December 2010. A list of winners will be published on the
UNFCCC/CDM Photo Contest web page.
Ms. Irini Roumboglou
Contest Focal Point
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat
53175, Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 815 1670
Download the CDM photo contest rules (76 KB)
Have a look at last year?s remarkable photo contest entries.
For even more, and for photo titles and credits, please see this page.