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October 28 to December 6 2021

Four years Blue Communities Research Programme supports the development, implementation, and ongoing management of initiatives that promote multiple users' sustainable marine resources. Blue Communities, together with stakeholders and local communities, reveal a variety of information, thoughts, and impacts related to the problem of resource utilization and sustainable development within the study area. These impacts and interactions can be a lesson learned for various circles of the wider community.

Youth creativity supported by online platforms and visual culture is becoming an increasingly prominent part of our cultural identity in the 21st century. Images and social media have become essential and powerful tools to convey ideas, opinions, or information at a glance, which can lead to public discussions that are beneficial to scientists and the public. Blue Communities Early Career Research Networks (BC ECRN) initiates a photography competition to call the young generation (BC ECRN members and local youth within the BC study area) to express their discovery of the harmony between humans and nature to broader society.


The harmony of human and nature: sustainable use of marine resources and coastal communities' well-being.



  • Open to all Blue Communities ECR member

  • Youth of local communities (18 - 35 years old) within Blue Communities study area in Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.


Photo Specifications

  1. Maximum of 2 entries per participant

  2. Related and taken during Blue Community Research Program activities (October 2017 – present)

  3. The work must be original and never published anywhere

  4. Participants are allowed to use any camera (cellphone, compact camera, DSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

  5. Watermarks, date stamps, or any text on the image are unacceptable

  6. Digital processing is only limited to cropping and contrast

  7. The image should not feature any person, group, or organization without their consent (consent form example can be downloaded below). By submitting the photo, participants guarantee that all necessary subject matter permissions are acquired.

  8. All information should be sent in English.



  • Expression of theme

  • Photography technique



1st prize  - Vouchers to the value of  £200 (in local currency) and e-certificate

2nd prize - Vouchers to the value of £50 (in local currency) and e-certificate

3rd prize  - Vouchers to the value of £00 (in local currency) and e-certificate

Judges choice 1 – Vouchers to the value of £50 (in local currency) and e-certificate

Judges choice 2 – Vouchers to the value of £50 (in local currency) and e-certificate

Submission of Photos

  1. File name of photos must be in format "SURNAME_Title"

  2. The title maximum of 4 words.

  3. The uploaded photos are digital files with the longest side of at least 1024 pixels and a minimum resolution of 300 dpi in JPG format.

  4. Email registration form (please find below), consent form (if needed), and entries photos to and CC with subject email "GCRF BC ECRN Photo Competition: Full name"

  5. Entry period Monday, October 28th, 2021 to Monday, December 6th, 2021 (until 10:00 am (UTC)).


Notification of Winners

After the judging concludes, the winners will be announced at planned ECRN dissemination on BC Webinar on January 10th, 2022.



  • Entries are only accepted through the Internet.

  • Entering the contest constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions stated in these Entry Guidelines.

  • Entrants are required to obtain the prior permission and consent of the persons who are portrayed in their works or who hold the copyright or other intellectual property rights to the works or the items portrayed therein.

  • The organizer reserves the right of final judgment concerning items not expressly stated in these Entry Guidelines. Entrants who do not consent to the organizer's decisions may withdraw from the contest.

  • The jury's decision is final and cannot be contested.


Participant's rights

  • Entrants are free of charge to participate in this competition.

  • The organizer will maintain the confidentiality of participant personal data, such as telephone numbers and email addresses.

  • Although entrants retain the copyright and other equivalent rights to their entries, the organizer retains the entry rights listed below under "Organizer's Rights".


Organizer's rights

  • The organizer reserves the right to publish entries with the credit titles to Blue Communities official social networking service accounts throughout the submission period to publicize the contest. Such publication does not guarantee an award of any kind.

  • With the objective of publicizing the contest and enriching the general image making culture, the organizer reserves in perpetuity the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, make public, publicly transmit, display, print, distribute, adapt, and screen winning entries with the credit titles on websites and official social networking service accounts as well as related events, exhibitions, and the corresponding facilities managed or organized by Blue Communities Research Programme and Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) without further compensation to or the additional prior consent of the winners.

  • Entries that in the judgment of the organizer do not conform to these Entry Guidelines will be disqualified.

  • If a winner is found to be disqualified after a prize is awarded, the award might be revoked and the entrant requested to return the prize.