Student Photo Contest My View on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — Now accepting applications!

In September 2015, leaders of all nations gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and made a historical agreement to work towards “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, for all people and the future generations. To bring awareness of the SDGs, a photo contest will be hosted by the United Nations Information Centre and Sophia University, with special cooperation from Getty Images, on the theme “My View on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. This contest is open to graduate, undergraduate, and vocation college students. This is the first SDG contest of its kind among the 63 UNIC offices network around the world and the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI).

Without using words, encapture your take on one or several goals of the 17 SDGs. Photos may be taken in Japan or overseas. You are encouraged to ask yourself: What can I do to change the world? How would the forward-looking Goals affect my behavior and attitude? How can I raise awareness among my friends, family and community members, and urge them to take action? Your ideas on these questions will be the key to achieving the SDGs.

Please visit the contest information page and press release, for more information.


❖ Application period: Friday 10 June 2016 – Sunday 4 September 2016
❖ Application requirements: university students, junior college students, postgraduate students, vocational school students (any nationalities welcome/ not a requirement to be living in Japan)

❖ Prizes: 
1st Prize (Foreign Minister Prize) for 1 person
2nd Prize for 3 persons
Special Prize (Dior Woman-Empowerment Prize) for 1 person
Honorable mention for several persons

❖ Judges: 
Leslie Kee (Photographer)
Natsuko Yasuda (Photo Journalist)
Hideko Kataoka (Photo Director, Newsweek Japan)
Hiroaki Mizushima (Professor, Sophia University Department of Journalism)
Kaoru Nemoto (Director, United Nation Information Centre)
Rebecca Swift (Creative Director, Getty Images)

❖ Host: United Nation Information Centre and Sophia University

❖ Special cooperative company: Getty Images Japan

❖ Sponsors: Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Compact Network Japan (GC-NJ)

❖ Cooperative companies: CCC Media House Co. Ltd., NIKON CORPORATION, PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR (Japon) K.K., Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd., SIGMA CORPORATION (in alphabetical order)  

❖ Additional gifts will be bestowed by the host, special cooperative and cooperative organizations