Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Climatelinks Photo Contest?
The Climatelinks Photo Contest 2019 wants to promote compelling images of work at the intersection between climate and international development. Photo submissions will contribute to USAID’s photo library on nature-based solutions to climate and managing climate risk.
When is the contest?
You can submit photos from July 22, 2019 to September 16, 2019.
What kinds of photos should I submit?
We want to see high quality photos of nature-based solutions and management of climate risk. We have rules and requirements for the format and quality of the photos.
To review the categories, refer to the main photo contest page.
How do I submit photos?
Fill out a submission form. It’s easy! Be sure to read the rules and requirements prior to submitting your photos. You will be asked to include a title, photographer attribution, a summary, and a short background story about the photo and what it means to you. You will also need to associate the photo with one of the categories above. You may also indicate the country where the photo was taken if you wish.
Why should I include a background story?
Background stories will capture a description of the photo and what it means to you. They will also give viewers a stronger sense of the context of the photo. Additionally, if you are selected as a finalist, you may be contacted by the Climatelinks team with a request to feature your photo and its background story in a blog.
Can I submit more than one photo?
Yes, you can submit a maximum of five (5) entries. Please complete a separate entry form for each submission.
Do photos have to represent only USAID-funded work?
The photo does not have to represent work that is funded by USAID. If it depicts climate and development, we want to see it!
What happens after I submit a photo?
You will receive an email with all of the information you provided in your submission, including a link to the photo you uploaded.
Can I edit my entry once it has been submitted?
Once it is submitted, you will be able to review your photo on your “Submissions” page. However, you will not be able to edit your photo once it is submitted. If you have an updated entry or additional material that you would like included with your entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Photo Submission Change Request." Please be as clear as possible when emailing us with your request. If you need to make multiple major edits to your submission, please make a new submission and contact us to let us know which submission to review.
How will my photos be used?
All photos will be featured in a public Photo Gallery on the Climatelinks website, and may also be featured in the Climatelinks newsletter or in other USAID materials.
What do I win?
Bragging rights! Winning photos will be announced in Fall 2019. They will be featured in Climatelinks communications, highlighted on the website’s topic pages, and showcased in the Climatelinks public photo gallery and USAID’s GCCphoto Flickr. Winning photos will also be featured in the Office of Global Climate Change’s official 2020 calendar.
Winners may have the opportunity to write a blog about their photo. The Climatelinks team will help!
Do I keep the rights to my photos?
You maintain ownership of the rights to your photos. However, your submission grants reproduction rights to USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change for use in print or online materials. When and if your photos are selected for such use, they will be credited to you according to USAID branding guidelines.
Who is sponsoring the Photo Contest?
The competition is an initiative of the SEEK Contract, a mechanism out of the USAID Offices of Forestry & Biodiversity, Global Climate Change, and Energy & Infrastructure.