SCHEMA/Think City THRIVE: Connect photo contest 2017 for young photographers

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Application Deadline:  December 15th, 2017.

The SCHEMA/Think City THRIVE: Connect photo contest asks you to find and capture SDG linkages in Malaysian cities. We’re looking for photographs of high aesthetic quality in terms of both image composition and in the use of the medium that highlight connections between SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities and any other SDG. For example, your picture might show the links between urbanization and clean food or water, decent work, or climate change in Malaysian cities.

We will use your photos to tell a story about how critical connections are to healthy, sustainable communities, and how recognizing them will help us achieve the SDGs. Ten winning pictures will be featured in a new publication, THRIVE: Connect, a follow-up to THRIVE: 2 and THRIVE: Global, which used art to show new perspectives on urban health. Winning photos will also be featured at the 9th World Urban Forum, the major United Nations event focusing on cities, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018, and at an exclusive Think City exhibition at RUANG. Submitted photos will also be highlighted on social media and on the

This contest is open to photographers of all ages and backgrounds. Photographs will be judged on aesthetic quality and the extent to which the Contest brief has been meet. Help us see the connections you see between SDG 11 and the other SDGs.  Take a look at the SDGs here, and get snapping!

Eligibility Requirements:

This contest is open to photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. All photographs must be taken in a Malaysian city.

The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2017.

Submissions will be judged in two categories: “Open” and “Young Photographer.” “Young Photographer” submissions are for entrants under 18 years of age, and must be accompanied by a parental consent form. Ten finalists will be selected, including first and second place photos in each category. All finalists will be featured in the Thrive: Connect book and at associated exhibitions.

There is no entry fee for submissions.

Submissions must be original, unpublished work by the photographer and must not infringe upon any copyright laws. The submitter must be the sole author of all entries and hold full rights to them.

Photos that have won awards in other competitions or that have been previously published are not eligible for submission.

Entering the contest constitutes consent to the use of submitted photos in United Nations and Think City promotional material and publications.


You can submit your photo directly to or using this submission form. The deadline for submissions is December 15th. Each entrant may submit up to three photos.

If submitting by e-mail, please include the following information:

Attached photo(s): Submitted photos must be in in high resolution digital format (JPEG), and between 2000 and 6000 pixels in the longest dimension. Please limit images to a maximum file size of 20MB.

For each photograph entered, please supply:
Title: [give each photo a relevant title]
SDGs: [tell us which Sustainable Development Goal(s) your photo to which your photograph refers]
Caption: [tell us how your photo captures an SDG connection in 50 words or fewer]
City: [In what city was your photo taken?]
Your Name:
Age: [for those under 18, please include parent’s name and sign and attach the separate consent form]
Phone #:
E-mail address:
Social media handles: [optional] [we’ll use these to promote your photo(s)]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SCHEMA/Think City THRIVE: Connect photo contest 2017

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