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UNAMI PIO announces photo contest

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, observed around the world on 21 September, UNAMI Public Information Office launches a Photo Contest from 21 September to 16 October 2016 on the theme “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Building Blocks for Peace”. The photo contest is open to Iraqi nationals in Iraq and beyond.

How do I participate?
• Share a special photograph that reflects on one of the 17 SDGs (access the list here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs)
• Photographs must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject: Peace Day photo. Include your name, a short description of your photograph and contact details (in English or Arabic).
• Each participant can submit one photo only.
• The photo can be taken using a mobile phone or camera or any other device. It should be an original and should not be altered or doctored.
• Submissions must be received on or before Sunday, 16 October 2016.
Photos will be judged on creativity, content (effectiveness of the entry in line with the SDGs), and composition (technical and artistic quality).

Winners:
• The top three winners will be announced on Thursday, 20 October 2016.
• The recognition and prize award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 25 October 2016.
• The winning 1st prize entry will be featured on the UNIraq social media platforms and website for a limited duration.
• Two follow up prizes consist of UNAMI goody bags.

Terms and Conditions:
• The participant agrees and accepts that by participation in this photo contest, all photographs and all rights thereto, including copyrights and other intellectual property will be irrevocably and without reservations thereto transferred to and owned by UNAMI.
• UNAMI reserves the right to exclusively use entries in any manner for any commercial/communication purpose including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, reproduce, edit, alter, translate and reformat your photograph, and to publish photographs in connection with or without your name.
• By participating in the photo contest, the participant waives, to the extent legally possible, its personality rights towards UNAMI.
• By submitting any material, the participant warrants and represents that he/she is the right owner of the photograph he/she submits or that the participant otherwise owns all of the rights of the participation material including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for participants to provide, post, upload, input or submit the photographs. The participant warrants and represents that all participation material does not infringe any third party rights. The photo should be an original and should not be altered or doctored.
• UNAMI reserves the right to exclude entries that violate any fundamental human rights or are deemed inappropriate.
• The decision of the judging panel will be final. UNAMI reserves the right to disqualify a contestant if the entrant attempts to influence the results or subvert the contest.
• In the event that an entrant should disagree with any decision made by UNAMI, that entrant will have the right to withdraw his or her photo entry.
• UNAMI will inform the winners of the results. If a winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, UNAMI reserves the right to select the next best entry.
• UNAMI reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest or any of the plans, directly or indirectly related to the contest, at any time and for any reason.
• UNAMI reserves the right to rule on any issue(s) not covered by these Terms and Conditions.
• All decisions made by UNAMI regarding this competition shall be considered final.
• By entering the competition, participants automatically accept these Terms and Conditions.

Background information:
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.
“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict. Sustainable development contributes decisively to dissipation and elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for a lasting peace. Peace, meanwhile, reinforces the conditions for sustainable development and liberates the resources needed for societies to develop and prosper.
Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a building block in the global architecture of peace. It is critical that we mobilise means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make.

Additional Info

  • Agency: UNAMI