UNESCO Youth Eyes On the Silk Roads International Photo Contest

Competition in Art and Humanities
  • Online, France
  • Apply Before : July 14, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 3517
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • No. of Opportunity 3
  • Fields of study Photography, Cultural Heritage
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest 2024 invites young photographers worldwide to capture the essence of the Silk Roads. Through the lens of their cameras, participants can express their understanding of this shared heritage and contribute to raising awareness about global issues.

UNESCO organizes the contest, which fosters cultural exchange and promotes peace among diverse populations. This year’s theme, “Life Celebrations,” invites entries from May 2 to July 14. Divided into two age categories, participants can win professional cameras. Selected photos will feature in a professional album and exhibitions worldwide.


Familiarity with the Silk Road regions’ cultural heritage will result in coordinating and understanding each culture.

Key Details

  • Application Deadline: July 14, 2024 (3:59 GMT+1)
  • Result Announcement Dates: Mid-September 2024
  • Funding Type: Free-of-charge
  • Organizer: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO)
  • Supported by: China World Peace Foundation
  • Eligible Countries: Open to all countries
  • Eligible Gender: All genders
  • Target Group: Youth aged 14 to 25
  • Focus Area/Field: Photography, Cultural Heritage
  • Number of Opportunity: Multiple awards available
  • Duration: Contest runs from May 2 to July 14, 2024
  • Program Language: English
  • Host Country: Online contest hosted by UNESCO
  • Competition themes: Life Celebrations


Following are the award details:

  • 1st Award: Professional digital single-lens reflex camera
  • 2nd Award: Semi-professional digital camera
  • 3rd Award: Digital camera
  • Winning photographs featured in exhibitions and professional photo album “Youth Lens on the Silk Roads.”

Competition and Eligibility

The following are the general requirements for the UNESCO Youth Eyes On the Silk Roads International Photo Contest:

  • Applications are open to individuals aged 14 to 25 globally, excluding UNESCO employees and their families.
  • Minors require written permission from legal guardians.
  • Internet access is required for participation.
  • Contest entries must adhere to the theme and guidelines.

Required Materials

Please include these materials in your application package:

  • Written permission from legal guardians for minors.
  • High-resolution photographs in JPEG/JPG format.
  • Captions for each picture.
  • Declaration of originality and compliance with contest rules.

How to Apply?

Applicants must send their taken photos via online application following the steps below:

  1. Visit the Participation page on the UNESCO website, which is linked below.
  2. Upload a maximum of 20 photographs meeting the specified quality criteria.
  3. Include captions for each picture.
  4. Confirm acceptance of contest rules and guidelines before the deadline.

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For further details and updates, visit the official UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest website or read the Terms and Conditions.



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