UNDP Through Her Eyes Photo Competition (Didgah Zan)

Announcement Competition
  • Afghanistan
  • Apply Before : November 25, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 85172
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 10

Opportunity Description

undp through her eyes photo contest
UNDP Afghanistan- Through Her Eyes Photo Competition

UNDP Afghanistan- Through Her Eyes Photo Competition

United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), on behalf of the UN family in Afghanistan, is leading a photo contest for the #16Days and campaign against domestic violence. With the theme ‘Didgah Zan, ’ which means ‘Through Her Eyes,’ the photos will narrate the positive, vibrant, and colorful stories of women and girls during this challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photographs may speak of family and domesticity, of work, of friendships, of leisure, or a variety of different scenarios. 

 Application for submission is open now until November 25, 2020. 

Result: Early December 2020: 


The top three and top 10 photographs that depict the theme through their creative photography will receive cash prizes. The photos will be used in online and printed publications across all UN agencies in Afghanistan.

  •  1st place prize: $500
  • 2nd place prize: $300
  • 3rd place prize: $200
  • Top 10 photos: $100

The theme of photos:

The 2020 contest is organized on the theme of ‘Through Her Eyes’ or ‘Dedgah Zan’ to narrate the positive, vibrant, and colorful stories of girls and women during this darkly challenging time. Images may speak of family and domesticity, of work, of friendships, of leisure, or a variety of different scenarios. They might include the following:

  • a female doctor or nurse who attends to her COVID-19 patients;
  • women:
    • taking part in sports or outdoor activity to keep healthy during the pandemic;
    •  cooking with her husband;
    •  cycling, driving, playing sports;
  • a young girl broadening her horizons through a book during self-isolation or quarantine;
  • And other examples.

Photo Criteria

  • the Photo(s) you submit:
    • Must be taken in this year (2020).
    • Not featured in previous publications, promotional materials, or on any websites.
    • Should have a minimum size of 1600 x 1200 pixels and should be in JPEG format.
    • Have a caption/story between 50-200 words, answering what, where, when, how, and why.
    • Captions must be either in English, Farsi or Pashto.
    • Are accepted in either color or black and white.
    • Manipulation will disqualify the entry.

Rules and Conditions of competition:

The photographs should depict the respective theme “Dedgah Zan”, using a high degree of attention to clarity, creativity, and originality.

By submitting an entry to the photo competition, the photographer will agree to these Rules:

  • Afghan nationals, both men and women, +16 are eligible to apply. Women photographers are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Photographers can submit up to 5 photo entries.
  • Each entry does not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous-, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous content.
  • The photographer must hold all rights to the photograph submitted, and they must bear full responsibility for obtaining the consent of children and adults featured in the images
  • The photographer bears full responsibility for the accuracy of the entry’s content – photo and the accompanying caption/story.
  • Caption/story must be written by the photographer, and should be real, not fiction, and not be any form of copy/reproduction.
  • The UN in Afghanistan will have the full right to publish a Flickr album and use entries for non-commercial products, with mention of the photo credit.
  • United Nations in Afghanistan retains full ownership of the copyright in each Entry.

How to Apply

Email your photo(s) that meet requirements to the submission email: communications.af@undp.org between 05 November and 25 November 2020. 

The Entries should include the following information:

  • First and last name of the photographer
  • Phone number
  • Alternative phone number
  • Province
  • Occupation
  • Caption/Story
  • Date and location of the photo taken
  • Copy of passport or National ID.
  • A statement acknowledging receipt and acceptance of the Submission Rules
  • A statement to bear responsibility for the consent of children and adults featured in the images to be used on the public.

The cash prizes will be handed over during the award ceremony in December 2020.

Details in local languages:
Farsi | Pashto 
Contact us with any questions:


Official Source: Afghanistan UNDP


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