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Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply to the nation-wide competition for the photographs about Afghanistan. By participating in the competition, candidates accept, without exception, the full terms and conditions contained herein.

The competition will be divided into two different categories: Camera Photo category and Mobile Photo category, each category will be judged separately. All photographs must be in digital format.

Any expenses incurred during submission for both sections are to be borne by the Entrants.

Participation is free of charge.

Who may participate

Any individual can take part (Afghan or non-Afghan, residing in Afghanistan or not). Members of UNESCO staff (either permanent or temporary, current or former) are not eligible to participate.

What to submit

Entries should present and illustrate the photographer’s free and personal interpretation of the theme of “Rebirth” for Afghanistan.

Each participant may submit up to 10 entries per section.

Photos must have been taken within the last three years, (i.e. after July 2014). Photos can be colour-corrected or have filters applied, but should not be digitally manipulated in terms of content and context.

How to submit

Entry to the Camera Photo category is determined by sending the photos to the e-mail k.photobiennale@unesco.org using file-sharing platforms such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.

Entrants for this section shall title the files with the name of the photographer, a number from 1 to 10, and the city where the photo was taken. For example, the file names for the photos taken by Masoudi in Jalalabad and Kandahar should be Masoudi1Jalalabad and Masoudi2Kandahar.

The photos submitted in this section are required to be 20 megabytes or smaller. They must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 300 dpi at 2,000 pixels on the longest side.

Entry to the Mobile Photo category is determined by posting the photos on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/showusyourafghanistan.

The photos submitted in this category should be taken by a mobile device or tablet. The mobile photo should be no larger than 5MB.

All entries should indicate the information requested below in the following order:

The photo section they are competing (Camera/Mobile)

- Name of photographer;

- Name of the place the photo is taken and the year;

- If possible, a short explanation of why the photographer associates the image to the theme of “Rebirth”.

Any entry submitted into the incorrect section will be automatically disqualified (i.e. Camera photos submitted to Mobile Photo category through Facebook page/ Mobile-phone photos submitted to Camera Photos category through e-mail).

Submission deadline

The deadline for submissions is September 13, 2017 (23:59 PM Kabul time). Entries submitted after the deadline shall not be considered. UNESCO shall not bear any responsibility for late or lost entries due to network failure or other reasons.


A Jury comprised of renowned photographers and artists will select the winning entries for each category. The Jury panel will be composed of the photographers listed below in alphabetical order:

Atiq Rahimi

Massoud Hossaini

Nelofer Pazira

Reza Deghati (President of the Jury)

Sadie Quarrier

The Jury’s decisions shall be final. Any attempt by an Entrant to influence the result or subvert the competition will lead to immediate disqualification.

On 13 October 2017, the three winners and the shortlisted entries from each category will be announced via www.unesco.org/kabul, www.bamiyanculturalcentre.org, and www.facebook.com/showusyourafghanistan.

UNESCO may decide to display the selected photos in the form of exhibitions, online exhibitions, and/or publications for this photo competition. Further notice will be given to the shortlisted photographers.


The entrant winning the Grand Prize for the Camera Photo category will receive a monetary prize of 3000 USD. The Second Prize will receive 2000 USD, and the Third Prize 1000 USD.

The top three entrants for the Mobile Photo category will each receive a monetary prize of 1000 USD.

Winners will be fully responsible for any taxes or charges related to the receipt of their prizes.

Rights and responsibilities of entrants

Entrants must possess the exclusive rights to their entries and are responsible for having obtained any necessary permission from the subjects shown on the entries in accordance with applicable law. UNESCO will not be responsible for any claims or complaints against infringement of rights or damages from third parties relating to the entries, and the Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold UNESCO harmless in such cases.

The participants retain their rights to their photographs for whatever purpose they wish; by entering the competition, the participants grant to UNESCO a royalty-free, world-wide, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce with no modification of photographs, in any medium or format for non-commercial uses only for promoting the competition and everything related to competition. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit.

If UNESCO wishes to use the photographs for any purpose other than activities related to the competition, the permission of the photographer will be required.

And more…

Entries shall comply with relevant applicable law. UNESCO reserves the right to exclude entries that conflict with the principles of the UNESCO Constitution, that have obscene, violent, sexually explicit, sexist or racist content, or which violate any fundamental rights.

Entries must also not invade the rights of privacy of any person, living or deceased.

UNESCO reserves the right to modify or cancel the competition or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items directly or indirectly related to the competition, at any time and for any reason. UNESCO reserves the right to rule on any issue(s) not covered by these Terms and Conditions.

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of UNESCO.

For further information, please e-mail: k.photobiennale@unesco.org