Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2008 CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest: Innovators and entrepreneurs

WHO: The CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age, except the operational team of CGAP and their immediate families.

WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images of microfinance around the world that capture what microfinance means to you. These images may reflect the wide variety of microfinance and microenterprise development around the world, representing a range of products, institutions, and methodologies, and may touch on a broad range of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings. We expect to receive images that represent technology, institutions, money, microfinance transactions and impact, policy/regulation, human capacity, and people and their environment. Photo submissions must be accompanied by a brief description of the photo, including the place and country where it was taken, and how it reflects advancing financial access to people through microfinance.

Entries must be:

• The original work of the entrant
• Noninfringing of the rights of others
• Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted
• An accurate reflection of the subject matter and scene as it appeared, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)
• A depiction of microfinance and/or microenterprise development in one or more of the following categories:

o General
o Innovation in delivery, whether through new technologies, institutions, or infrastructure
o Innovative approaches to regulating and applying laws that relate to access to finance
o Innovation in funding and supporting microfinance
o Impact

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The story behind the photo, submitted as a paragraph or brief essay, may influence the judges’ decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final.

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