'The Changing Face of the Earth' Photo Contest

UNESCO’s Earth Sciences Programme is running a photo contest on the theme of The Changing Face of the Earth, to raise awareness among youth of the state of the planet. There are several cameras and 40 book prizes to be won. Entries close on 30 June 2008.

Contestants may enter in one of the two following categories:
  • 15-20 year olds and
  • contestants aged 21 years and over.
Each contestant is invited to submit a single colour photo depicting her or his personal testimony to the Earth’s rapidly changing landscape in a positive or negative way. The photo should illustrate one of the ten themes from the International Year of Planet Earth (see list below). Photos may portray rural or urban scenes and should depict changes to the landscape caused by natural phenomena or resulting from human intervention.

The Prizes

Each of the winning contestants in each category will receive a copy of two UNESCO books in English or French, depending on their preference: Explaining the Earth and The Changing Face of the Earth.

Explaining the Earth depicts our planet’s place in the Universe and in our Solar System, the Earth’s structure, plate tectonics, the role of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the formation of reliefs, the ice ages and natural hazards.

The Changing Face of the Earth traces continental shift since the Pangaea, a single supercontinent, began breaking up 250 million yeas ago, via 10 maps.

In addition, the best entries in each category will win a camera. The names of the winning contestants will be announced in the October 2008 issue of A World of Science and on UNESCO’s science portal.

Choose one of the following ten themes for your photo
  • Soil – Earth's living skin, Planet Earth in our hands
  • Groundwater – towards sustainable use
  • Hazards – minimizing risk, maximizing awards
  • Earth and health – building a safer environment
  • Climate change – the ‘stone tape’
  • Resource issues – towards sustainable use
  • Megacities – going deeper, building safer
  • Deep Earth – from crust to core
  • Ocean – abyss of time
  • Earth and life – the origins of diversity
How to enter

If sending in your entry electronically, please complete the form then send a high resolution photo (300 dpi, 700 KB minimum) bearing your name as an image file to: photocontest@unesco.org

If sending in your entry by post, please complete the form then send your photo to: Changing Face of the Earth Photo Contest, Editor, A World of Science,
UNESCO,1 rue Miollis, Paris 75732 Cedex 15, France.

Publication Date: 17-10-2007

Source: UNESCO
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