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UNFPA launches the ICPD@25 Youth Photo Contest

If Not Now, When? Youth in Rwanda at the centre of the ICPD Agenda

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) – a milestone in reproductive health and rights. ICPD changed how the world thinks about population, development and reproductive rights. It put people first. What’s been achieved since the ICPD is inspiring and demonstrates how far determined people can go in toppling obstacles to a better world. Given the unfinished business, we must recommit to the vision of the ICPD and advance the agenda.

To better understand what the ICPD stands for and its importance, UNFPA is launching the “ICPD@25 Youth Photo Contest”. To learn more about the ICPD click here:

People below 35 years make up 78% of the population in Rwanda. Adolescents and youth have the right to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and health services for their well-being and lifelong health. Youth voices should also be at the centre of the ICPD Programme of Action.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ICPD, UNFPA is calling all youth in Rwanda to use photography as a means to express their views and stories around their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) today. Photographs should reflect on progress made in Rwanda and the unfinished business towards achieving universal access to SRHR, leaving no one behind.

Photo Contest Criteria

Who may enter: Any young photographer aged 15-30 years old (date of birth between 1989 and 2004) currently living in Rwanda.

Reasons to enter: There is no submission fee, it is FREE. The top photographs will be displayed across a number of UNFPA ICPD-events, including a photo exhibition in the Rwandan Parliament during the SWOP Launch. Photographers will be invited to join a number of activities throughout 2019, including training and skill development sessions.

What to Enter: Each young person can submit up to 2 photographs, taken in Rwanda. The photographer must be the author of the pictures submitted. Photograph submissions should represent how you view the ICPD and what it means to youth in Rwanda.

How to Enter: Submit your entry here by Friday, 10 May 2019 (midnight). Please submit 1 form per photograph (i.e. 2 photographs, 2 forms completed). All submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. All photos must be high-resolution images (minimum: 3000 x 2400 pixels, 4MB, 300dpi).

Manipulation of photos: The only acceptable manipulation includes correction of red-eye, cropping, and straightening of photos. No added text, color manipulations, or photoshopped submissions.

Display and Future Use Rights: By submitting an entry to the contest, copyright holders grant UNFPA unlimited non-exclusive use of the photographs for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, without any remuneration being due.

Judging: UNFPA Rwanda will determine the contest finalists. The decision on all entries is final and will be communicated via email by the end of May 2019 to selected finalists.

Disqualification: Any photographs submitted that contain inappropriate content will be immediately disqualified.

If you have any further questions, kindly email us at: (+250 788297806)