International Year of Millets 2023: Youth Photography Contest

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UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network invites youth to take part in the International Year of Millets 2023: Youth Photography Contest.

Closing date: 31 August 2023

The United Nations declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023) and named the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders.

The objective of IYM 2023 is to raise awareness of, and direct policy attention to, the socio-cultural, nutritional, and environmental benefits of millet cultivation.

The Year will also promote their potential to provide new sustainable market opportunities for producers and consumers.

To celebrate the IYM 2023, the SDSN will host a webinar series and photography contest to highlight the many culinary uses of millet.

Beginning June 1 and running through August 31, 2023, we invite youth to submit photos of millet. Submissions will be received on Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtags #IYM2023 and #MyMillet, and tagging @UNSDSN.

Each submission must include a caption with (at minimum) the location (e.g., Bangalore, India) and the name of the millet (e.g., finger millet). The contest will be open to youth, ages 16 to 30, from anywhere in the world. Each individual can submit no more than three photos for consideration. 

There will be two prizes. One photo selected by the committee will be featured on the cover of SDSN’s millet cookbook. A second ‘People’s Choice Award’ will go to the photo with the most likes.

Winners will be announced via Twitter and Instagram in September 2023, and presented certificates (virtually or in-person) at the SDSN’s annual conference on September 20, 2023. The winning photographs will also be displayed for conference participants.

The selection committee will be comprised of Chubbamenla Jamir (Mountain Agriculture Center, India), Lauren Barredo (SDSN, USA), Brighton Kaoma (SDSN Youth, Zambia), Grady Walker (University of Reading, UK), and Inbal Abergil (Pace University, USA).

Photos will be judged based on storytelling, creativity, and composition.


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