[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Photo Contest: UrbanEyes- Visions for Sustainable Cities and Communities


Photo by: Arnold Altaveros

By 2030, it is estimated that 6 in 10 people will live in cities (United Nations). While only occupying 2% of the world’s total land area, cities are responsible for 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions. They also consume 75% of the world’s energy supply to power buildings, commercial hubs, residential areas, and the likes. Alarmingly, 90% of the world’s cities lie along coastal areas; putting them at a greater risk for flooding due to sea level rise and more extreme, powerful storms.

As more and more people flock to urban areas, cities have to find the unique balance between rapid urbanization and sustainability. Somehow, they need to ensure adequate resources for all while keeping an eye out for the protection and conservation of the environment.

In Southeast Asia, several cities have risen up to this challenge*. Last year, Hanoi announced its ambitious plan to ban all motorbikes by 2030. Jakarta, dubbed as the sinking capital due to sea level rise and water overexploitation, has promised to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. The Indonesian capital has also launched strategies to promote mass transportation and energy efficiency. Pasig City at the heart of Metro Manila in the Philippines has the Carless Weekend: two full days when the roads are closed to traffic–encouraging citizens to walk or ride their bikes. The city also promotes urban gardening and is currently installing solar-powered facilities in its schools. Through these ambitious goals and efforts, cities and communities are continuously reinventing its spaces to make them greener, livable, safe and secure for their constituents.

This 2019, ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat invites you, our network and community, to join us in setting our sights towards a sustainable future for our urban areas.  This photo contest follows the theme, “UrbanEyes: Visions for Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Through photographs, tell us the innovative and ambitious ways that your city is implementing to address climate change and promote sustainability for all. Your entries can also include an astounding view of the cityscape, its people, unique landmarks that represent your city– anything that can inspire local climate action.

Rules and Regulations


  • The photo contest is open to all regardless of age, gender, and professional background.
  • Photos submitted should be taken within Southeast Asia (Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).
    • Photos submitted should satisfy the following specifications:
    • Should be in .jpg or .png format
    • Should not exceed 15 MB per photo
    • Should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi
  • Participants may submit a photo series but it will be judged as one (1) entry.
  • Photo submitted should be taken between 01 January 2018 and 20 April 2019.
  • Participants may submit a maximum of three (3) entries but may only win once.
  • Each entry must be the original work of the participant and must not contain any trademarks or copyrighted material.

Submission Guidelines

  • All entries should be submitted by 11:59 PM, 20 April 2019.
  • All entries should be submitted to icleiseasphotocontest@iclei.org with the subject line: ICLEI SEAS Photo Contest 2019.
  • Each entry should be accompanied by a title and a short caption not exceeding 100 words. The caption should capture the story behind the photo: where and when it was taken, the inspiration behind it, and why you think it is relevant to the theme.
  • In the email body, kindly include the following details:
    • Name
    • Age
    • Location (Current Address)
    • Job Title and Organization (if any)


  • Prizes for the winning entries are as follows:
    • First Prize: USD 500
    • Second Prize: USD 300
    • Third Prize: USD 150
  • All winners will also get a brief personality feature to be published on ICLEI SEAS’ website and social media channels.
  • A People’s Choice Award will be selected based on the number of likes and retweets on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Intellectual Property and Trademarks

Ownership and Use of Submitted Photos

Participants of the photo contest are still considered as the owners of their content. However, ICLEI SEAS may publish the submitted materials, with appropriate credit, in any communication collaterals produced by the organization. Publication of the submitted content is at ICLEI SEAS’ sole discretion. The organization shall also be allowed to make changes or additions to the content.

Copyright Infringement

In the event that submitted entries are found to violate copyright rules, infringe upon intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate a person’s rights to privacy and publicity, the participant agrees to indemnify ICLEI SEAS of all incurred damages.

Privacy Practices

Data including e-mail addresses, names, contact details, and others collected during this competition may be used by ICLEI SEAS to send out relevant communications such as announcements and newsletters. The participant who receives such communication are given the option to unsubscribe.

ICLEI SEAS gives the assurance that none of these data are shared with any third party entity or organization.

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*The cities of Pasig (Philippines), Jakarta (Indonesia), and Hanoi (Vietnam) serve as model cities of the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) project. Implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the ACP project supports cities in formulating local climate action plans directed by concrete targets, enhanced multi-stakeholder engagement, and integrated strategies.It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) program.

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