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The 2014 IMF Africa Rising Youth Photo Contest

We are seeking pictures from young Sub-Saharan African photographers of all abilities, ages 18 – 30, capturing through their own lenses the opportunities and challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa. All contestants—whether they use cameras or cell phones—are asked to submit original images that best define one of the following three themes.


  • African Economic Development
  • African Innovations
  • African Challenges


  • Snapshot category (low-resolution images)
  • Photographer Category (high-resolution images)


  • Two Winners will receive 3 days all expense paid trip to Maputo, Mozambique. Opportunity to attend the #AfricaRising Conference and act as IMF youth photographer.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: May 2, 2014
Online Voting Deadline: May 7, 2014
Winner Announced by: May 12, 2014

For more information contact:

Contest Requirements

The 2014 Africa Rising Youth Photo Competition is open to young sub-Saharan African photographers of all abilities, aiming to capture Africa’s challenges and opportunities through their lenses. All contestants—whether they use cameras or cell phones— are asked to submit original images that best define one of the following three categories:

• African Economic Developments - What are the recent economic developments that demonstrate Africa’s remarkable resilience against the backdrop of global financial and economic crisis and shows Africa is Rising.
• African Innovations - What are the solutions that people are putting in place across Africa to overcome the challenges of daily life, create new opportunities and reduce inequality.
• African Challenges - What are the long term challenges that need to be addressed by Africa to sustain the current economic growth and realize its potential.

This competition is open to youth aged between 18 and 30 at the closing date of May 2, 2014, who are citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country.

It is open to both amateurs and professional photographers.
The competition is not open to IMF employees and their families.
There are no fees for participating in the contest.

Two categories of submission are available:

1. Snapshot Category (Low-resolution images)
2. Photographer Category (High-resolution images)

• Each participant may not enter more than 5 pictures in total.
• Photographs submitted must meet the required technical standards outlined below.
• Participants must have ownership rights to the entries they submit and warrant by submission that they hold these rights.

• The final date for submitting pictures into the completion is Friday, May 2, 2014, at 11:59 GMT.
• Public Voting begins April 5 and ends May 9, 2014
• The two winners will be announced on May 12, 2014
• A list of winners and winning entries will be put on line by May 12, 2014.

• The First Prize winners in each category will be selected to receive the following:
- A three-day trip to Maputo, Mozambique, including economy-class round trip, full-board accommodation for 3 nights and ground transportation.
- To be eligible to this prize, participants must have a valid passport and be available to travel to Maputo, Mozambique, for three days on May 28-30, 2014.
• Winners selected to travel to Maputo will act as IMF youth photographers for the conference and agree to provide the IMF, free of any additional charge, a selection of images documenting the Africa Rising Conference. The photographers agree to pass the ownership rights to these photos to the IMF in exchange for the competition prizes.
• The winners of the Second and Third Place will receive Honorable Mentions on the Africa Rising website.
No alternative cash prizes are available.

All entries must be submitted electronically, through the official website:
There is no mail-in method of entry. Upon submission, each participant will be prompted to complete an electronic form consisting of basic personal information, such as name, last name, age, nationality, and e-mail address. This information is needed to ensure entries to the contest comply with the Official Rules.

An electronic or digital image is defined as a computer file containing an image of photographic origin, whether color or B&W. The images can be scanned from slides, film or prints, or captured using a digital camera as long as the original image was taken by the member submitting it for competition.

Each electronic image must be an original piece of work taken by the contestant and shall not have been published elsewhere or won another photo competition. By entering the contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted image is an original work created solely by the entrant; that the entry does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the entry.

The image must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Images deemed inappropriate by the IMF will be disqualified.


Snapshot category
• Images should be clearly focused (unless intentionally stylized), with adequate light and without unintended obstructions.
• Low resolution images can be entered.
• Submitted image files must be in JPEG format and in sRGB color space.
• Submitted image files should not exceed 1.5 MB in size.
• File names should adhere exactly to the following convention:
Last Name, First Name—Image Title—Year_Month_Country where picture was taken.jpg
Example: John Doe—Innovative Small Business—2014_January_Ghana.jpg

Photographer category
• Digital files must be high resolution (approximately 300 dots per in dpi at a minimum of 8x12 inches (approx 25MBs).
• Images must be in sRGB color space.
• Images should be taken at the largest JPG size, or in RAW format and saved as TIFF or lossless JPG.
• File names should adhere exactly to the following convention:
Last Name, First Name—Image Title—Year_Month_Country where picture was taken.tiff
Example: John Doe—Innovative Small Business—2014_January_Ghana.tiff
• For print production digital files must be high resolution approximately 300 dots per in (dpi) at a minimum of 8x12 inches (approx 25MBs). Files should be saved as TIFF or lossless JPG.
• There are several file formats that in which photographs can be saved. The most common are (In order of highest quality) TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP

Judging will occur in (2) two rounds:
1. In Round One, users of the contest platform will be able to vote online for the pictures they prefer. Among those, the twenty highest ranking pictures in each category will be chosen.
2. In Round Two, a panel of judges from within the IMF will review the pre-selected high-ranking entries and select the winners.

The winners will be publicly announced online on the conference website at and May 12, 2014, and they will be individually notified by email.

Copyright of all photographs submitted to this competition remains with the contestants. However, by participating in the competition, all contestants agree to grant the IMF a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free, license to use, reproduce, copy, publicly display, sublicense, modify and fully exploit any photograph submitted.

Winners selected to travel to Maputo to act as IMF youth photographers for the Africa Rising Conference agree that the copyright to the photographs taken by them during the conference will be assigned to the IMF, free of any charge, in exchange for the competition prizes. No alternative cash prize are available.

Upon request, entrants may be asked to provide a signed release from all persons who (1) appear in the photograph or (2) who have copyrighted material of any kind that appears in the photograph, granting the Authorized Partners the rights to display their likeness or their copyrighted material as it appears in the photograph in any media whatsoever in connection with the Contest. Failure to provide such release in a timely manner may result in disqualification.

The IMF assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to the contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.

If for any reasons, the contest does not proceed as planned, due to any causes beyond the control of the IMF that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the IMF reserves the right, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundApril 4, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (BST)May 2, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (BST)
Voting roundApril 5, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (BST)May 7, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (BST)
Judging roundMay 8, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (BST)May 11, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (BST)

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