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UN Sustainable Development Goal’s Student Photo Contest: Apply by Aug 30: Expired

The United Nations Information Centre, Tokyo (UNIC Tokyo) and Sophia University are, once again, co-organizing the student photo contest on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.

Choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interest you most, and express what it means to you through a photo snapshot. They particularly encourage entries that depict elements of SDGs in your own community. A theme pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals must also exist within your own country.


Applicants must be presently enrolled in university – college and undergraduate students, graduate students, or vocational school students (Entries are welcomed from applicants of any nationality, including those living abroad). Submission of a Student ID or relevant IDs to prove one’s being a student is required at a later point.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The goals that were formally adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. They consist of 17 goals and aim to bring an end to various forms of poverty, fight against inequality, and deal with climate change as each country establishes specific goals and plans for action.

However, achieving the SDGs requires not only action at the national level, but also at the individual level. These goals can only be attained when every individual plays his or her part. The 17 SDGs are as follows:

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health & Well Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Decent Work & Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Responsible Consumption & Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals


Subject to change depending on the content and number of applications:

  • Grand Prize (Foreign Minister’s Award): 1 Prize
  • Award of Excellence: 3 Prizes
  • Special Award (TOGETHER Award): 1 Prize
  • Special Award (Concept Award): 1 Prize
  • Award of Recognition


Submit your photo(s) between Thursday 20 April and Wednesday 30 August 2017. The announcement of the results and the awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in conjunction with United Nations Day, on 24 October.

To apply, click here.
For more information on the competition, click here.

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