About Intellectual Property IP Training IP Outreach IP for… IP and... IP in... Patent & Technology Information Trademark Information Industrial Design Information Geographical Indication Information Plant Variety Information (UPOV) IP Laws, Treaties & Judgements IP Resources IP Reports Patent Protection Trademark Protection Industrial Design Protection Geographical Indication Protection Plant Variety Protection (UPOV) IP Dispute Resolution IP Office Business Solutions Paying for IP Services Negotiation & Decision-Making Development Cooperation Innovation Support Public-Private Partnerships The Organization Working with WIPO Accountability Patents Trademarks Industrial Designs Geographical Indications Copyright Trade Secrets WIPO Academy Workshops & Seminars World IP Day WIPO Magazine Raising Awareness Case Studies & Success Stories IP News WIPO Awards Business Universities Indigenous Peoples Judiciaries Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Economics Gender Equality Global Health Climate Change Competition Policy Sustainable Development Goals Enforcement Frontier Technologies Mobile Applications Sports Tourism PATENTSCOPE Patent Analytics International Patent Classification ARDI – Research for Innovation ASPI – Specialized Patent Information Global Brand Database Madrid Monitor Article 6ter Express Database Nice Classification Vienna Classification Global Design Database International Designs Bulletin Hague Express Database Locarno Classification Lisbon Express Database Global Brand Database for GIs PLUTO Plant Variety Database GENIE Database WIPO-Administered Treaties WIPO Lex - IP Laws, Treaties & Judgments WIPO Standards IP Statistics WIPO Pearl (Terminology) WIPO Publications Country IP Profiles WIPO Knowledge Center WIPO Technology Trends Global Innovation Index World Intellectual Property Report PCT – The International Patent System ePCT Budapest – The International Microorganism Deposit System Madrid – The International Trademark System eMadrid Article 6ter (armorial bearings, flags, state emblems) Hague – The International Design System eHague Lisbon – The International System of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications eLisbon UPOV PRISMA Mediation Arbitration Expert Determination Domain Name Disputes Centralized Access to Search and Examination (CASE) Digital Access Service (DAS) WIPO Pay Current Account at WIPO WIPO Assemblies Standing Committees Calendar of Meetings WIPO Official Documents Development Agenda Technical Assistance IP Training Institutions COVID-19 Support National IP Strategies Policy & Legislative Advice Cooperation Hub Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC) Technology Transfer Inventor Assistance Program WIPO GREEN WIPO's Pat-INFORMED Accessible Books Consortium WIPO for Creators WIPO ALERT Member States Observers Director General Activities by Unit External Offices Job Vacancies Procurement Results & Budget Financial Reporting Oversight

Meet the Finalists of the WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022

March 22, 2022

The WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022 (the Photography Prize) drew hundreds of participants from around the globe. A total of 30 shortlisted photos* are entering the final stage of the competition.

Image: WIPO

Themed Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses, the WIPO Photography Prize is meant to encourage Indigenous and local community youth to express themselves on climate change and climate action – while raising their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs. To make the competition accessible to as many young people as possible, the participants were not required to use professional equipment for taking photographs.

The shortlisted photographs

A panel of judges constituted by four photographers from Indigenous and local communities evaluated all entries and selected a shortlist of 30 submissions available in our online gallery. There you will find out more about how Indigenous peoples and local community youth express themselves on the challenges they face due to climate change and how they attempt to mitigate its impact.

The WIPO Traditional Knowledge Division would like to thank everyone who submitted their photos, as well as the panel of judges.

Photo: Fernando Azevedo Gonçalves

“The earth is sister, daughter, aunt, mother, grandmother, womb, the succor and healing of the world and the strength of our future. This is the subject of the photograph”. – explains Fernando Azevedo Gonçalves, a shortlisted participant from Brazil.

What is next for the finalists?

The winners of the WIPO Photography Prize will be announced on April 22, 2022, International Mother Earth Day, across our online and media channels. Winners will receive a variety of awards, including photography equipment and related software licenses, with a total value of up to:

  • USD 3,500 (1st place)
  • USD 2,500 (2nd place)
  • USD 1,500 (3rd place)

We wish the finalists the best of luck in the next phase of the competition.

Additionally, all entrants to the Photography Prize will be invited to join a virtual training on photography and copyright. The interactive session will offer practical guidance on how copyright and its management can be useful to photographers.


The Photography Prize was launched on August 12, 2021, as part of the celebration of International Youth Day. This activity was designed in consultation with an Advisory Board comprised by Indigenous peoples and local communities representatives, including youth, and organizations, governments and individuals working on climate change, biodiversity, photography, intellectual property, media and entrepreneurship.

Photo: Laissa Malih

In this photo, Laissa Malih, one of the shortlisted participants, has depicted a river in Northern Kenya that may become a seasonal river or even dry out if no climate action will be taken.

Due to their close relationship with the environment and its resources and dependence upon them, Indigenous and local communities are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change, such as increased drought, loss of biological diversity, poverty and displacement, hotter temperatures and the rising level of oceans, among many other. In the meantime, these communities are the key holders of traditional knowledge, which can play an important role in assessing the impact of climate change and promoting climate change adaptation. In recent years, the role of Indigenous peoples and local communities in mitigating the impact of climate change has been recognized in a number of public discussions on local, national and international levels.

Looking for more information on WIPO’s work on indigenous peoples and local communities’ engagement?

Visit the WIPO Traditional Knowledge website for more information on WIPO’s work on intellectual property, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

To learn more about WIPO’s activities on indigenous peoples and local communities’ engagement, check out our dedicated webpage on the topic.

For regular updates on WIPO’s activities, sign up for our Traditional Knowledge Updates.


1 One entry was withdrawn for not being eligible for the final phase. It was replaced by the runner up.