Entries Open for 2017 CGAP Photo Contest: A Chance to Win up to US$2000!

Deadline: 29 September 2017

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is seeking entries for its 2017 CGAP Photo Contest that will show how people in both rural and urban areas are using digital finance in innovative ways to build greater resiliency through financial tools, and conduct their financial lives.

The CGAP Photo Contest is looking for original, striking images that capture the importance of financial inclusion efforts around the world.


  • Innovations in Digital Finance: From paying school fees to buying solar energy, digital finance is a means for achieving broader development goals.
  • Creating Opportunities for People in Crisis: War, conflict and natural disasters are forcing record numbers of people worldwide from their homes.
  • Building Sustainable Livelihoods: Savings, credit and insurance provide poor people with a wider range of tools to help manage their economic lives.
  • Connecting People and Services: By 2020, three quarters of the world’s population are expected to be connected to mobile networks.

Prize Information

  • Grand Prize Winner: US$2000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.
  • For Categories: US $500 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.
  • Regional Spotlight: US$500 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories:
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Winners for photographs taken in each of the following regions also will be awarded a US$300 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories:
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • South Asia
    • East Asia and Pacific
  • Judges’ Honorable Mention: Judges may select up to 8 winners to receive US$250 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.
  • People’s Choice Winner: US$100 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2017 CGAP Photo Contest is open to all photographers who are at least 18 years old. (The operational team of CGAP, the World Bank Group, and their immediate families are excluded from participating.)
  • Entries must:
    • Be the original work of the entrant and shot in the last two years.
    • Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.
    • Respect the rights, sensitivities, and culture of communities and/or persons depicted, including the subject’s right to consent to being photographed.
    • Fairly represent the situation, subject’s identity and physical location of the image, without alteration (other than standard photographic techniques for optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit 2017 CGAP Photo Contest.

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