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How to apply for WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022

Participation is meant to encourage Indigenous and local community youth to express themselves on this issue of immense global significance



WIPO Photography Prize
WIPO Photography Prize

Through the WIPO Photography Prize, the organisation aims to celebrate and make widely known the creativity of Indigenous and local community youth, as well as raise their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs. 

Themed Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses, participation in the WIPO Photography Prize is meant to encourage Indigenous and local community youth to express themselves on this issue of immense global significance.

Launched on International Youth Day (August 12, 2021), the WIPO Photography Prize was designed in consultation with an Advisory BoardPDF, title goes heremade up of members of Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as members of organisations, governments and individuals working on climate change, biodiversity, photography, intellectual property, media and entrepreneurship. WIPO is deeply grateful for their advice and support.

Photographs should illustrate:

  • the impact of climate change on your communities, biodiversity and environment (land, air, water, flora and fauna, etc.); and/or
  • practices, including ones based on Indigenous and traditional knowledge, or climate actions that allow your community to adapt to or mitigate the impact of climate change


Shortlisted and winning photographs will be announced on the WIPO website.

Winners will receive a variety of awards, including photography equipment and related software licenses with a total value of up to $3500; 1st place, $2500; 2nd place and $1500; 3rd place, as well as photography-related training and mentoring opportunities through WIPO’s partners.


Participants should be members of Indigenous peoples or local communities located in one of WIPO’s Member States under 30 years old on the closing date for submissions; Saturday, January 22, 2022. For participants not of legal age (e.g., 18 years old), authorisation from a legal guardian is required.

Participants must have taken the photographs and prepared the brief descriptions or short videos 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.


How to apply

Make an original photograph on the theme of Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses supported by a brief description or short video on how the photograph relates to and expresses your feelings about the theme. Submitted photographs should follow the formatting guidelines outlined in the WIPO Photography Prize rules PDF.

Attach a title as well as a brief personal profile on yourself and on the Indigenous people or local community to which you belong, including the way(s) in which you are involved in your community. These materials should be prepared in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

Application deadline is on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

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