CGAP Photo Contest on Microfinance and Financial Inclusion 473 views

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The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) invites photographers from all over the world to submit entries for the 2018 CGAP Photo Contest that capture the importance of microfinance and financial inclusion efforts around the world. The theme this year is Picturing Financial Inclusion in Africa. Entries have to be striking photographs and short videos that tell the story of how financial services empower poor people and communities in Africa and how they expand opportunities for poor people in Africa and enable people to build sustainable livelihoods. Photographs are to be entered into 1 of the following 3 categories:

  • Reaching Excluded People: Mobile phones open up markets and access to services for people who are isolated or live in remote communities. Entries must show how digital finance creates new opportunities for excluded Africans.
  • Brighter Prospects for Young People: There are 600 million young people in Africa under the age of 25, and 72 percent of them are unemployed. Entries must show how financial services can spur entrepreneurship among Africa’s youth.
  • Digital Finance and Development: Savings, credit and insurance provide poor people with a wider range of tools to help manage their economic lives. Entries must show how poor people are building more resilient lives.


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a US$2,000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories. Each category prize winner will receive a US$1000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.

Judges’ Honorable Mention: Judges may select up to 8 winners to receive US$250 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.

People’s Choice Winner: A US$100 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories will be given for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Public voting will take place between 22 December and 28 December 2018.


All photographers and videographers 18 years old and above, are eligible to submit as many as 20 entries per person. Entries must be the original work of the entrant shot within the last 2 years. Subjects of the photographs must be treated with respect and dignity and photographers have to respect the rights, sensitivities, and culture of communities and/or persons depicted, including the subject’s right to consent to being photographed. The pictures must fairly represent the situation, subject’s identity and physical location of the image, without alteration (other than standard photographic techniques for optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)

Entries should be original, striking images and video stories portraying the impact of microfinance and financial inclusion for poor people in Africa. These images and stories may reflect a range of products and services, people and institutions, and may touch on social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. Entries in both rural and urban settings and people from all walks of life are accepted.

Each photo submission must be accompanied by a caption, the date the image was taken and the location and country, and the name of the person(s) depicted, together with their permission to use. Digital images or scans of prints may be uploaded. The maximum file size for photos is 20 megabytes (MB), and for videos 300 MB.

The operational team of CGAP, the World Bank Group, and their immediate families are excluded from participating.


Entries are to be uploaded online by 21 December 2018.

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