My View on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” Student Photo Contest

My View on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” Student Photo Contest – Applications open from now until September 4th!

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, represent an action plan for solving global challenges by 2030. The SDGs comprise a total of 17 goals including: ending poverty in all forms, fighting against inequality and addressing climate change.

To raise awareness of the SDGs, a photo contest will be hosted by UNIC Tokyo 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, from all countries! 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).

YOUTH SDG CONTESTThe contest’s theme is to encourage students to “reflect on the Sustainable Development Goals, communicate their feelings in a photograph and share it with many other people.”

We will have several judges including celebrity photographer Leslie Kee and Newsweek Japan’s photo director Hideko Kataoka. As for awards, one student will win the first prize, three will win the second prize, one will win a special prize respectively, and several honorable mentions will also be made. These prizes are provided by cooperative enterprises. There will be an award ceremony and exhibition at Sophia University of prize winning works on the United Nations Day (24th October), when the UN Charter came into force in 1945. In addition, there is a possibility that license contracts with Getty Images will be made available for the winning contestants (however, their works submitted in this competition will not be covered).

We look forward to your participation in the upcoming photo contest. Application form and more details are available on


❖ Application period: Friday 10 June 2016 – Sunday 4 September 2016

❖ Eligibility: 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)

Natsuki Yasuda (Photo Journalist)

Hideko Kataoka (Photo Director, Newsweek Japan)

Rebecca Swift (Creative Director, Getty Images)

Hiroaki Mizushima (Professor, Dept. of Journalism, Sophia University)

Kaoru Nemoto (Director, United Nation Information Centre Tokyo

❖ Host: UNIC Tokyo 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., The Computer Graphic Arts Society (CG-ARTS),  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