Photo Contest: Faces of Resilience

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Over the past 4 years, the crisis in Syria has created profound suffering for people inside the country and impacted communities in neighboring countries in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

Yet, while the impact of the Syria crisis has been severe, the communities affected by it have demonstrated remarkable resilience and incredible human will to cope and recover.

To demonstrate this resilience and give an opportunity to tell the untold stories of people of the region, the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) is launching the “Images of Resilience” Photo Contest, which is open to all photographers.

"Refugees may be a humanitarian issue, it starts as a humanitarian issue, but it has a direct relationship with development issues. There should be no separation between humanitarian and development – it’s all a part of development issues. Unresolved displacement can upend a country’s path to peace and prosperity. That is why the needs and potential of displaced populations must be re!ected in national development plans and based on joint analysis. We must use what we have learned in the "eld to bring together more actors to achieve common commitments."

United Nations Secretary General,
Ban Ki-moon

Democratic Selection

  • Take a photo or use an existing one that that tells the story of resilience in communities impacted by the Syria crisis in the sub-region.
  • Upload the photo (below).
  • Tell your friends and fans to vote for your photo.
  • The top 3 photos with the most votes WIN!


Winners not only get chance to participate in UNDP’s International Resilience Exhibition, but the top three winners will also win great prizes including a professional camera, a new IPAD and a graphic tablet.

To participate:

  1. Agree to the terms and conditions of the contest  - Follow the link:
  2. Upload your photo:

General Rules

  • The contest opens 12 November 2014 at 08:00 a.m. GMT and closes 7 December 2014 at 24:00 GMT. No entries received after that date shall be considered.
  • The contest is open to all photographers, with no restrictions based on age, gender or nationality. Minors are responsible for ensuring their submission is in compliance with relevant legal requirements.
  • Photos must have been taken in the past two (2) years.
  • Entry is free of charge.
  • All entries not respecting the theme or the technical/authorship requirements set out below will be systematically ruled out.
  • UN staff members cannot participate in the contest.

The Submissions

  • The contestants can be amateurs or professionals.
  • The photographs should tell the story of resilience of individuals and communities, and the institutions that serve them in one of the countries impacted by the Syria crisis including: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey or Egypt.
  • Only images that have not been published before may be submitted.
  • Each image that is uploaded should include the following information:
  • Full name of photographer; location of photo (country and locality); date photo was taken; a caption explaining the context of the photo and the full name of the person(s)/people in the photo.

Material Specifications

  • Online image submissions should have a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels and no more than 3000 pixels, at 72 dpi. Images selected for the exhibition (printing) must be at least 3,000 pixels in length at 300 dpi non-interpolated (approximately a 20-meg file when opened in Photoshop).
  • No photo should in any way be digitally altered or enhanced except for basic cropping or colour correction. The content and context of the image should in no way be altered or enhanced.
  • All captions and relevant information (such as creation date, city/governorate, and caption) must be embedded in the file (for example in the caption field under “field information” in Photoshop).

Judging and Prizes

  • Judging will be through a democratic process through the Facebook App, in which the top three photos that receive the most votes will win the prizes.
  • All entries will also be screened by a four-member panel, which will include a professional photographer and three UNDP Staff members, to select images to include in UNDP’s international exhibitions on resilience.                            


  • All contestants must agree to release the rights to photos submitted for the contest to UNDP and its affiliates for unrestricted and unlimited worldwide usage and distribution free of charge in various media.  Due credit to the photographer will be given in any such usage/distribution.
  • Photographers who submitted works to the contest should as far as possible have readily the names and contact information of all people shown therein. Minors – meaning children under the age of 18 years – should have the signed approval of their parent(s) or guardian(s) before being photographed.

Only photographers who have been contacted by UNDP after the end of the contest must supply the signed release form from parent(s) or guardian(s) with their entries. Failure to supply the release the forms will lead to disqualification.



  • At the time of entry, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and be in agreement with all rules and conditions. The organizer reserves the right to rule on any issue(s) not covered by these rules and disclaimers. In the event that an entrant should disagree with any decision made by the organizer, that entrant will have the right to withdraw his or her entry. All related expenses incurred shall be borne solely by the entrant.
  • In the event that the efficiency, security, selection procedure, fairness of the contest or any related operations are deemed to have been compromised by forces beyond the control of the organizer – such as but not limited to troubles relating to computer networks, computer virus infections or unauthorized computer access – then the receipt of some or all entries via the Internet may be postponed or discontinued.
  • The organizer reserves the right to disqualify and remove any photo that deems inappropriate, offensive, or not  

Notes regarding entry

  • Entrants are entirely responsible for all entry-related costs, including but not limited to purchase or renting of equipment, use of computer systems, transmission fees, etc.
  • Winners will be entirely responsible for any taxes or charges related to the receipt of any prize.
  • 6The decisions of the selection panel for the Exhibition are final. No correspondence will be entered into.


  • The organizer is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the sending of entries via the Internet.
  • The organizer is not responsible for any problems or damages experienced by the entrant due to forces beyond the control of the organizer, such as but not limited to troubles relating to computer networks, computer virus infections or unauthorized computer access.
  • The organizer is not responsible for any unfortunate or unwelcome occurrences and/or damages that may befall entrants as a result of entry to the contest.
  • Entrants must possess the exclusive rights to each entered work and are responsible for having obtained any necessary permission relating to the subject/subject matter. The organizer will not be responsible for any claims or complaints against infringement of rights or damages from third parties relating to the subject/subject matter of entries, and the entrant agrees to indemnify and hold the organizer harmless in such cases.
  • A photograph while displays an identified or identifiable person may infringe on such person’s right of privacy or may disclose such person’s personal information. Entrants shall use due care to avoid any infringement of personal rights including but not limited to obtain necessary permission from such person.

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