CGAP Photo Contest 2016

CGAP Photo Contest 2016

Deadline: September 07, 2016

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) invites photo entries for this year’s photo contests themed: ” Financial Inclusion Through Your Lens. ” CGAP Photo Contest is looking for original, striking images that capture the importance of microfinance and financial inclusion efforts around the world. Digital innovations and the growing use of smartphones are making it easier for poor and rural customers to manage their daily finances, grow a business, or respond to an emergency. But two billion people still lack access to basic financial services such as savings accounts and credit. Closing the access gap can play a role in reducing extreme poverty and increasing prosperity.


The 2016 CGAP Photo Contest is open to all photographers who are at least 18 years old. (The operational team of CGAP, the World Bank, and their immediate families are excluded from participating.)


CGAP intends to award the following prizes. Winners will be notified by e-mail, according to information provided with their submission. If any winner fails to claim his or her prize within 60 days of being notified, that winner may forfeit his or her prize. Any federal, state, and local taxes, fees, and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

  1. Grand Prize WinnerUS$2000 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories and a display in Times Square on PR Newswire Jumbotron
  2. Second Prize Winner: US$500 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories
  3. Third Prize Winner:US$250 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories
  4. People’s Choice Winner: US$250 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award begins September 8th on and ends September 15th.

Regional Winners
US$200 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories
One winner will be chosen from each region, based on the country in which the photo was taken:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • East Asia and Pacific

Special Mentions
US$200 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories
Four winners will be chosen based on the following categories:

  • Mobile money and innovations in digital finance: People are increasingly using smartphones and other digital channels to send and receive payments, and to access basic services like energy and clean water. Show us how poor customers are using digital services.
  • Women’s economic empowerment: When women have access to financial services and other economic opportunities, they are able to improve their own lives and those of their families. Show us how women around the world are participating in the economy and changing their lives.
  • Resilience: For people living in extreme poverty, and for those affected by natural disasters or conflict, financial services can help them to survive difficult situations and build a stronger future. Show us what resilience looks like.
  • Small businesses: For entrepreneurs, access to finance can help them to expand their businesses, support their families, and create new jobs in their local communities. Show us what financial inclusion means for small businesses and low-income entrepreneurs.

A selection of 5-8 other winners will be chosen
US$100 gift certificate for photography equipment and accessories

How to Enter

Submit entries online here.

CGAP requires original, striking images of the impact of microfinance and financial inclusion around the world. These images may reflect a range of products and services, institutions, and methodologies, and may touch on a broad range of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings. Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief description, as well as the country where the photo was taken.

Entries must be:

  • The original work of the entrant
  • Non-infringing of the rights of others
  • Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted
  • An accurate reflection of the subject matter and scene as it appeared, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)

For more information visit CGAP Photo Contest