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Skills in Action Photo Competition 2019

Do you have photography skills? Whether you are an amateur or professional, don’t miss your chance to enter the UNESCO-UNEVOC #SkillsinAction Photo Competition! This competition is organized as part of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre’s activities to mark World Youth Skills Day 2019.

Can I participate?

You are welcome to participate as long as:

  • you are at least 18 years old.
  • you are the owner or copyright holder of the photo entry/entries.

What should my photo show?

The photos should highlight the opportunities that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provides for young people between the ages of 15 - 29.

We want you to capture interesting moments when skills are in action, showing how TVET and skills development can contribute to one of the following:

  • Encouraging youth employment and entrepreneurship – photos of youth demonstrating their skills on the job.
  • Promoting TVET for all – photos highlighting access to TVET for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or disability.
  • TVET for green societies – photos showing how skilled young people can apply their knowledge and expertise to create more sustainable practices in the world of work.
  • Promoting Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and digital skills – photos showing how ICTs and digital skills can improve widespread access of young people to TVET and prepare them for the jobs of the future.
The photos should focus on young people who are engaged in activities that are enabling the achievement of any of the above priorities.

When is the submission deadline?

Submissions of all photos using the submission form is extended until 14 June 2019 to unevoc.skills(at)unesco.org.

What can I win?

The winners of the #SkillsInAction Photo Competition will receive the following prizes:

  • 1st prize - 500 USD + a trip provided by the European Commission to attend European Vocational Skills Week on 17 and 18 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland as a specially invited guest. The 1st prize winner will also have the opportunity to take part in a joint ceremony with the winner of the #CedefopPhotoAward.
  • 2nd prize - 300 USD
  • 3rd prize - 150 USD
Winning photographs and finalists will receive a certificate and their entries will be featured on the UNESCO-UNEVOC website and its social media platforms in celebration of #WYSD (World Youth Skills Day).

Winners will be sent information about how to claim their prizes.

Make sure you read through the submission process before submitting your photo!

Submission process

Photo Entries:

  • All photos should be submitted with a title, a brief paragraph (not more than 100 words) explaining the context of the photo and indicating where and when it was taken, and a short biography introducing yourself.
  • All photos should be submitted in jpeg format. The longer side should be at least 3,000 pixels. The entrants are allowed to digitally manipulate the photos slightly and state the nature of manipulation. Please do not include any marks, logos, watermarks or borders on your photos.
  • Your photos should be related to the themes mentioned above.

How to submit:

After taking your photo/s

1. Download the Skills-in-Action Photo Competition submission form.

2. Open the file and fill up the personal information part. Make sure that you provide your complete mailing address. Upon being shortlisted, we will use this address to send your printed certificate.

3. Add a title and write a short description for every photo. Make sure that you rename photo files with your title: title.jpeg, or "title.tiff (example: Female-shoemaker.jpeg, Female-shoemaker.tiff)

4. Make sure you agree and comply with the Terms and Conditions. (Can also be found in the submission form) and sign the form with date and signature above your printed name.

5. Print the form and take a picture of it with the date, your name and signature. Make sure that the contents are readable. Rename the file in this format: Lastname_SkillsinAction19.jpeg for example - Sibomana_SkillsinAction19.jpeg.

6. Send the completed form picture along with the original photos files to unevoc.skills(at)unesco.org with the following email subject heading Lastname_SkillsinAction19. (In case the text contents are not readable, please forward the filled-up digital copy of the submission form)

Some email providers have attachment size limits. In case of multiple entries that cannot be sent via email, you can use any cloud storage servers such as "WeTransfer", as long as it has direct link with no sign-up required to download.

Practical Do's and Don'ts:


  • Decide which thematic area you would like to focus on. This will ensure that your entry avoids being filtered out for not adhering to the themes.
  • Only take pictures of young people between the ages of 15-29 years old.
  • Use a camera that can output high-resolution photo with a minimum of 3000 pixels on the longest side with 300 dpi/ppi setting. Exempted from this are photos taken using mobile phones in highest resolution (subject to our decision).
  • It is a good practice to get the approval/consent of the people in the picture, especially if the focus is on a single person. This is the responsibility of the photographer.
  • You can make simple edits to the photo but these need to be specified in the form.

  • Don't take pictures of people older than 24 years.
  • Don't submit an entry of a photo collage (multiple photos on one frame)
  • Don't put watermarks, signature or any overlays on your picture
  • Don't send pictures that are not related to any of the thematic areas.

Selection process:

1. Upon submission, UNESCO-UNEVOC will filter entries in compliance with the basic terms and conditions.

2. A selection panel will shortlist entries based on the following criteria:

  • Adherance/Appropriateness to the theme
  • Uniqueness of the concept/shot
  • Creativity
  • Innovative means of delivering the message
3. A notification will be given by an email or a phone call to entrants to inform them that their photos have been shortlisted.

4. A date to announce the winner will be published on World Youth Skills Day - July 15.

Objectives of the competition

The orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) towards the world of work and the acquisition of employability skills means that it is well placed to address global issues and promote sustainable development. Whether acquired at school or in the workplace, every day people across the globe are using their TVET skills to make the world a better place.

The goals of the award are to:

  • Raise awareness on the benefits of TVET
  • Promote TVET as a means to tackle global challenges such as poverty, youth unemployment and inequality
  • Reward young people's efforts to promote sustainable development in their communities by acquiring skills and putting them into practice
  • Allow UNESCO-UNEVOC to develop a Photo Library that can be used to promote TVET through various communication and publication projects.
The Photo Library will be regarded as an Open Access Repository, which may be accessed by anyone under Creative Commons 3.0 IGO License.

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Winners of the previous competitions

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View winners of SkillsinAction Photo Competition 2017

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