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WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022

Through this activity, WIPO aims to celebrate and make widely known the creativity of Indigenous and local community youth, as well as raise their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs. The theme of the WIPO Photography Prize is Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses. Participation is meant to encourage Indigenous and local community youth to express themselves on this issue of immense global significance.

Launched on International Youth Day (August 12, 2021), the WIPO Photography Prize was designed in consultation with an Advisory BoardPDF, title goes heremade up of members of Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as members of organizations, governments and individuals working on climate change, biodiversity, photography, intellectual property, media and entrepreneurship. WIPO is deeply grateful for their advice and support.

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Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses

Call for submissions: WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022

Photographs should illustrate:

  • the impact of climate change on your communities, biodiversity and environment (land, air, water, flora and fauna, etc.); and/or
  • practices, including ones based on Indigenous and traditional knowledge, or climate actions that allow your community to adapt to or mitigate the impact of climate change.

Submission deadline: January 22, 2022

Submit here

How to enter

Make an original photograph on the theme of Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses supported by a brief description or short video on how the photograph relates to and expresses your feelings about the theme. Submitted photographs should follow the formatting guidelines outlined in the WIPO Photography Prize rulesPDF, title goes here.

Attach a title as well as a brief personal profile on yourself and on the Indigenous people or local community to which you belong, including the way(s) in which you are involved in your community. These materials should be prepared in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

  • Submissions open: August 12, 2021
  • Submissions close: January 22, 2022

  • Shortlisted entries announced: March 22, 2022
  • Winners announced: April 22, 2022

Submit your entry by January 22, 2022, at 16h00 (Geneva time), through the online submission platform.

Entry is free of charge. By submitting an entry to the WIPO Photography Prize, the participant agrees to accept the WIPO Photography Prize rulesPDF, title goes here.


Participants should be members of Indigenous peoples or local communities located in one of WIPO’s Member States under 30 years old on the closing date for submissions (January 22, 2022). For participants not of legal age (e.g., 18 years old), authorization from a legal guardian is required.

Participants must have taken the photographs and prepared the brief descriptions or short videos themselves.

Photographs must not have been previously recognized and/or awarded in another photography competition. Each participant can submit a maximum of one entry. Combined entries are not allowed.


Shortlisted and winning photographs will be announced on the WIPO website.

Winners will receive awards ranging from photography equipment and related software licenses to training and mentoring opportunities. The winners’ peoples and communities will also be recognized and acknowledged.

Copyright in the submitted materials remains with the participants. However, participants grant WIPO the right to use the materials submitted for up to two years following the announcement of the winners solely for the purpose of its educational, promotional and capacity-building activities and related communication, fully crediting the copyright owners.

Judging process

WIPO will, in consultation with the judges (see below), review and decide if the entries submitted comply with all the requirements outlined in the WIPO Photography Prize rules.

All accepted photographs and other submission materials will be published on the WIPO website and the online competition platform, along with the participants’ full name.

WIPO will appoint an external jury consisting of five judges who will shortlist a number of entries, followed by a selection of winners. The judges will be internationally recognized Indigenous photographers and other persons knowledgeable on climate change and/or biodiversity conservation.

Photographs will be judged according to their adherence to the theme, expression of theme, overall impact, originality, creativity, artistic expression, personal expression, visual appeal, among others. The brief descriptions or short videos accompanying the photographs will also be taken into account.

Winning participants will be notified by email and the official announcement of the winners will follow on April 22, 2022.


If you have any questions about the WIPO Photography Prize, please contact us at grtkf@wipo.int.

For further information, see the WIPO Photography Prize rules. In case of any doubt, the WIPO Photography Prize rules take precedence.