Saturday, September 5, 2009

Making Growth Work for the Poor: A World Bank photo competition for young people


Making growth work for the poor means making sure that no one is left behind when the economy improves. Households and communities, especially the most at risk, should have better income opportunities and less vulnerability to sudden economic difficulties. They should have better education, good health care, and have access to information and infrastructure, thus empowering them to participate in economic activities and transform their lives.

The World Bank Group will also help national government agencies, local government units, and other sectors of society demonstrate improved accountability and transparency for better economic outcomes.

This photo competition invites the youth to show examples of what “Making growth work for the poor” means, and how they see it happening in their family, or community, or our country.

Who can participate?

The photo competition is open to all young Filipinos, students and out-of-school, between the ages 18 and 25. If you are at least 18 and not older than 25 by September 30, 2009, you can participate.

World Bank staff and their spouses, siblings, or children are not eligible to participate.


Winners will receive the following:

* 1 winner for each of the 5 categories - Php 50,000
* 15 finalists - Php 5,000 each


You can submit entries under any of the following topics/categories:

* Building a stable macro economy
* Making the Philippines a good place to do business
* Working with local communities and improving access to education, health care, safe drinking water, and other basic services
* Protecting the poor, especially in times of economic crisis, natural disasters, and armed conflict
* Improving governance and citizen involvement

Criteria for judging:

* Relevance to the theme (50%)
* Creativity (25%)
* Adherence to standard technical requirements in photography, such as focus, resolution, etc. (25%)

Screening Process

* There will be a pre-screening commitee composed of World Bank staff who will verify the following: availability of entry in photo print format (size 5 x 7 inches); information indicated on the competition entry sheet (doc, 26kb); and relevance of the work to the theme. During the pre-screening, entries will be grouped according to category. The pre-screening committee may change an entry’s category if it determines that it is more appropriate to put it under a category different from what a participant indicated on the entry form.
* The final judging will be based on creativity, relevance to the theme, and adherence to standard technical requirements. Judging will be done by World Bank staff and an independent professional photographer/artist.

Verifications, copyright, and other considerations

Extensive verifications will be made by the screening committee to determine the following: original work, authorship/ownership, and ensure that all entries have not been previously published. Phone interviews and background checks will be made, as appropriate.

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* Entries should be taken with any camera using at least 135mm colored film or digital camera set at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
* Entries should be submitted in at least (5 x 7 inches) prints with border (whether taken with 135mm film or digital camera).
* Using software to adjust a photo’s color, resolution, or similar properties is allowed. However, layering, superimposition, or other similar photo manipulation is not allowed.


* A participant can submit as many entries, but can win only once per category.
* For entries selected in the pre-screening process, the participant will be requested to submit the following: negatives and/or original digital files; and the participant’s photo.
* Participants must attach an entry sheet (doc, 26kb) for each submission.
* Each entry, with the filled-out entry form, must be sealed in an envelope. Only the photo title, category, and the phrase “Entry for Making Growth Work for the Poor Photo Competition” must appear outside the envelope.
* References to specific individuals, firms, or schools, which might reveal the participant’s identity, are discouraged. Do not indicate your name anywhere on your work.


* All submissions must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
* Winning entries will be featured in the World Bank Office Manila 2010 CAS calendar, website, publications, posters, exhibits, and other materials and activities. The photographers will be duly acknowledged when their photos are used in World Bank materials or activities.
* The World Bank shall have the right to use all submitted photographs for non-commercial purposes in activities and media as listed above, with no additional remuneration to the photographer or his/ her institution.
* The World Bank reserves the right to modify the format and content of the submissions for publication purposes.

Submission of Entries

* Entries must be received by 5 p.m. of September 30, 2009.
* Send entries to:
Communication and External Relations,
The World Bank in the PHILIPPINES
23rd Floor The Taipan Place, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605

Selection/Announcement of winners

* The Board of Judges will be composed of World Bank staff and a professional photographer/artist.
* The decision of the judges is final and is not subject to appeal.
* Winners will be announced in November 2009.

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Additional information about the theme and the contest

You can request for an orientation about the World Bank and its programs in the Philippines that are related to the theme “Making Growth Work for the Poor.” Email Erika Lacson at or Kitchie Hermoso at, or call 917-3034, 917-3013.

You can also go to the World Bank Philippines country assistance webpage at

more information here

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