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Climatelinks Photo Contest

The Climatelinks 2024 Photo Contest Open to Submissions on June 5, 2024!


About the Contest

You may submit up to five images complying with the contest rules and requirements. Entries will be judged on relevance to the photo contest theme, as well as photo composition, originality, and technical quality. One winner will be selected overall, in addition to winners chosen for each category, through an evaluation panel composed of USAID staff and the Climatelinks team.

All photos will be featured in a public Photo Gallery on the Climatelinks website, and may also be featured in the Climatelinks newsletter, blog, homepage, social media, or in other USAID materials.

Click here to visit the Climatelinks Photo Gallery.


Our 2024 Photo Contest theme is In Focus: Communities Confronting Climate Change. We’re looking for submissions that show the issues, impacts, and solutions to climate change across 14 categories.

The main categories are listed in bold below. Examples of submissions under each category are also noted. A release form will be required upon submission for all images.

Agriculture and Food Systems 
  • Low-Emission Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Climate-smart Agriculture
  • Food Security
  • Food Loss and Waste
  • Integrated Forest and Agricultural Land Management
  • Climate Risk Management
Biodiversity Conservation
  • Wildlife
  • Nature Crime
  • Landscape/Seascape Conservation
  • Community Engagement/Locally Led Development
  • Fisheries
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Biodiversity Corridors
Climate Finance
  • Circular Economy
  • Private Sector Engagement
  • Livelihoods
Democracy, Rights & Governance
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Governance/Civil Society
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental and Climate Defenders
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate Education
  • Youth Workforce Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Climate-resilient Education Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Microgrids
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Data/Technology/Innovation
Gender & Social Inclusion
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
  • Children, Youth
  • Self-determined Development
Green Cities
  • Resilient, Low-carbon Infrastructure
  • Ocean Plastics
  • Urban
  • Air Quality
  • Resilience/Adaptation
  • Heat
  • Nutrition
  • One Health
Humanitarian Assistance
  • Conflict
  • Migration
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Loss and Damage
  • Natural Disaster
Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
  • Locally Led Climate Action
  • Locally Led Development
Natural Climate Solutions
  • Forest Conservation
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Mangrove Restoration
  • Forests and Livelihoods
Water and Sanitation
  • Water Storage Infrastructure
  • Green Infrastructure (Nature-based Solutions)
  • Climate Resilient Water/Sanitation Infrastructure
  • Evidence-based Planning
  • Water Use Efficiency
Systems Change
  • Cross-sectoral
Strategic Objectives (cross-cutting)
  • Adaptation
  • Integration
  • Mitigation

Who Can Enter

The Climatelinks 2024 Photo Contest is open to anyone with great photos.

  • The Climatelinks community
  • USAID staff
  • USAID implementers
  • Any individuals or organizations working in climate and development
  • Non-USAID programs

Important Dates

June 5, 2024 - Contest Opens

July 19, 2024 - Submission Deadline

October 2024 - Winners Announced


You are granting USAID an unrestricted license to reproduce your photo in any format, including print products, on the web, and in social media. Please make sure you read the disclaimer below for full details.

By submitting a photograph to this competition you:

  1. Declare that you, your organization, or USAID own the copyright of the photograph and that it is your original work or that you are authorized to share these photos.
  2. Declare that you have permission to use the visual image of any identifiable individual in the photograph for entry into the competition and that the image may be published as stipulated in the photo contest guidelines. You will be asked to provide the standard release agreement.
  3. Agree that USAID will not be responsible for the infringement of any third-party rights in the photograph, moral or otherwise, that may arise as a result of your actions or omissions and that you indemnify USAID against all legal fees, claims, damages, and other expenses that may be incurred as a result of your breach of the contest rules.
  4. Grant reproduction rights for USAID use and in doing so, agree that USAID can use your photograph for the purposes of the competition and also for future reproduction in perpetuity on websites, literature, and any other materials at USAID’s discretion.
Submit Your Photos

You must register and agree to the terms and conditions.


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