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Skills in Action Photo Competition 2018 announcement and process

SUBMISSION for this competition is now over. All submissions are now being processed. A list of shortlisted entries will be announced soon. If your entry is shortlisted, you will receive a notification from us. We wish all our participants all the best!

Are you an amateur or professional photographer? Use your skills to capture pictures that not only show but tell amazing stories and submit your photos to the #SkillsInAction Photo Competition! This competition is organized as part of UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre’s activities in celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2018.


Can I participate?:

You are welcome to participate as long as:

  • you are at least 18 years old. You can either be a professional or amateur photographer.
  • you are the owner or copyright holder of the photo entry/entries.

What should my photo show?

It is time to highlight the opportunities and positive impact of TVET for people, their families and their local communities.

We want you to capture amazing moments when skills are in action, showing how vocational (TVET) and skills development are contributing to one of the following:

  • Encouraging youth employment and entrepreneurship – showing how youth are able to put skills acquired into practice, leading to securing jobs or starting their own businesses.
  • Promoting equity and gender equality – showing how access to skills development should be for all young people and how skills development can overcome gender stereotypes and inequality issues
  • Facilitating transition to sustainable economies and societies - showing how young people with greening and digital (ICT) skills can ehlp build sustainable societies and help address climate change and sustainable development related issues
The photographs should focus on highlighting examples and role models, such as students, junior workers, and young teachers/trainers, who are enabling the achievement of any of the above thematic priorities, and illustrate a better image of TVET.

Until when can I submit?

All photos must be submitted using the submission form on or before 15 August 2018 to unevoc.skills(at)unesco.org.


What can I win?

The winners of the #SkillsInAction Photo Competition will win the following prizes:

Winners of the competition will receive

300 USD for first prize winner

200 USD for second prize winner and

100 USD for third prize winner.

Winning photographs and finalists will receive a certificate and their entries will be featured on UNESCO-UNEVOC website and its social media platforms in line with the celebration of the #WYSD (World Youth Skills Day).

Make sure you read through the submission process before sending in you pictures!


Submission process

Photo Entries:

  • All submitted photos should be with a title, a brief paragraph (not more than 100 words) explaining the photo, indicating also where and when it was taken, and a short biography introducing who you are.
  • All photos submitted should be in jpeg format. The longer side should be at least 3,000 pixels. The entrants are allowed to digitally manipulate entries slightly and state the nature of manipulation. Please do not include any marks, logos, watermarks or borders in your photos.
  • Your photos should be related to the theme as mentioned above.

How to submit:

After taking your photo/s

1. Add a title and write a short description for every photo.

2. Rename the photo/s in this format: Lastname-Firstname_title.jpeg (example: Oyelowo-Eyitayo_Female-aircraft-engineers.jpeg)

3. Make sure you comply with the Terms and Conditions. (Also can be found in the submission form)

4. Download and complete the Skills-in-Action Photo Competition submission form and rename the form in this format: Lastname-Firstname_SAPC_SF.docx (Note that the insert picture/thumbnail function may not work for MSWord97-2003 versions)

5. Send the completed form (with thumbnails of the pictures) along with the original photos files to unevoc.skills(at)unesco.org with the following email subject heading Last-name_SAPhotoCompetition2018. Note that the attachment size may have a limit. In case of multiple entries that cannot be sent via email, you can use any cloud storage servers you prefer and provide us the direct link (no signing up required) to download.

Selection process:

1. Upon submission, UNESCO-UNEVOC will preliminary filter entries upon compliance of the basic terms and conditions.You may or may not receive acknowledgement receipt from us but rest be assured that your entry will be processed.

2. An external expert will be engaged to select and shortlist entries based on the following criteria:

  • Adherance/Appropriateness to the theme
  • Uniqueness of the concept/shot
  • Creativity
  • Innovative means of delivering the message
3. A notification will be given by email or by call to the entrants to inform them that their entries have been shortlisted.

4. All shortlisted photos will be uploaded on UNESCO-UNEVOC Page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UNEVOC/.

5. A date to announce the winner will be published soon.



Objectives of the SkillsinAction Photo Competition:

Often viewed as a second-class education, technical and vocational education and training has been subject to image debates for decades. Across the globe, TVET development has suffered from poor investment, quality and relevance. However, in a world where countries are facing high levels of youth unemployment, rapidly changing labour markets, technological advancements, and persistent social inequalities, the important role of TVET is increasingly being recognized. The orientation of TVET towards the world of work and the acquisition of employability skills means it is well placed to address global issues and it also has an important role in promoting sustainable development.

Whether acquired at school or in the workplace, every day people across the globe use their skills to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, there is a lack of practical and insightful evidence on how people worldwide are benefitting from technical and vocational education and training. The stories remain largely untold, which hinders awareness raising and further investments in TVET.

The goals of the award are to:

  • Raise awareness on the benefits of TVET
  • Promote TVET as a means to tackle global challenges such as poverty, youth unemployment and inequality
  • Reward young people's efforts to promote sustainable development in their communities by acquiring skills and putting them in practice
  • To allow UNESCO-UNEVOC to develop a Photo Library that can cater to the need of TVET stakeholders to promote technical and vocational education and training through various communication and publication projects.
The Photo Library will be regarded as an Open Access Repository, which may be accessed by anyone under Creative Commons 3.0 IGO License.


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page date 2018-08-17

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