Dear Participants,
since we have received many photos, the pre-selection takes more time than expected. As soon as it is finished, the online voting will start here and will continue for 10 days.
Thank You for Your interest!

Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to participate in the International Photo Contest, dedicated to climate change and protection of ozone layer, which will be held from July 10 to September 11, 2017.


The photo contest is held in two categories: Climate change in my eyes" and "Ozone layer and I".

To participate, it is necessary to fill out the application form and send it together with a photo to until August 15, 2017. Simultaneous participation in two categories of the contest (by one photo for each category) is allowed.


Show us and tell us through your photos what the world struggle for the protection of the ozone layer means to you, what impact the depletion of ozone layer has on human health and the environment, and what measures are being undertaken in your country.

Through the photos, you might also wish to express your creative vision of the most pressing problem of nowadays - global climate change. Capture the moments that inform about the environmental challenge louder than words, show how climate change has affected the quality and standard of living of people, what are the consequences of climate change for humanity. Perhaps you might also demonstrate that struggle against climate change is not a burden at the time of tremendous opportunity for every country in the world.


International Photo Contest will be held in 2 or 3 stages:

  • - Preliminary selection of photos, if the total number of the photos received exceed 100;
  • - Online voting on the website;
  • - Evaluation by the jury and selection of winners.

20 photos that have passed to the third stage will be displayed at a special photo exhibition to be held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and over the website of the International Photo Contest on September 11, 2017, on the eve of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The winners will be announced during the photo exhibition and over the website

Within the framework of the International Photo Contest, 6 winners will be awarded with valuable prizes from the organizers.


There will be 6 winners, who will receive prizes. The prizes are the following:

First category: "Climate change in my eyes":
First place - photo camera;
Second place – tablet pc;
Third place – mobile phone.

Second category: "Ozone layer and I":
First place – photo camera;
Second place – tablet pc;
Third place – mobile phone.

Additionally, one winner in the special nomination of "Women and Ozone Layer" will receive a prize prepared by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS.

Authors of the 20 best photos will receive international certificates by the organizers of the contest.


Please, read carefully the detailed information on the International Photo Contest in available languages in "Download" section of the website.

Proceed with downloading the application form in English language in "Download" section of the website, read the requirements set for photos.

If you have some questions, please refer to the "FAQ" section of the website.


State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan
for Ecology and Environmental Protection

Center of Hydrometeorological Service
under the Ministry of Emergency Situations
of the Republic of Uzbekistan

United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan

Joint Project of UNDP in Uzbekistan, Center for Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UN Environment “Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme in Uzbekistan”

Joint Project of UNDP in Uzbekistan, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Ecology and Environmental Protection and the Global Environment Facility “Initial Implementation of Accelerated Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase Out in the Countries with Economies in Transition (CEIT) – Uzbekistan”


UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS

OzonAction Branch of UN Environment


Special thanks to UNV in Uzbekistan for provided support in organization of the International Photo Contest.



Q. Who is eligible?
A. The International Photo Contest is for professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. Participation of women and youth is encouraged.

Q. Is there any fee for participation?
A. No, there is no fee for participation.

Q. Is it possible to submit printed photos?
A. No, only digital photos are accepted.

Q. Will submitted photos be returned?
A. No, submitted photos will not be returned.

Q. Will I receive notification that my application with photo has been received?
A. Participant will receive an auto-reply informing that his application with photo has been received.

Q. What kind of photos are required?
A. Photos must correspond to the requirements set in the application form.

Q. Can I submit digitally corrected photo?
A. Digital correction is allowed only when there is a need to change brightness and contrast of the photo. All other corrections are not acceptable.

Q. When can I submit my photo together with application form?
A. You can submit your with application form between July 10, 2017 and August 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Q. Can I submit a photo that has been submitted to another photo contest?
A. No, parallel submissions are not permitted.

Q. Can I send several photos?
A. You can send only 2 photos. In other words, you can participate with one photo in each of the category of the contest. More than 2 photos will not be accepted.

Q. What happens if I forget to fill out a field in the application form?
A. You will not be eligible to participate. Only completely filled application forms together with photos will be accepted.

Q. Why I cannot see application form in other languages?
A. The application form is only available in English language. It means that you need to fill it in English language. If you need information on the contest in other languages, please visit "Download" section of the website and download detailed information in the available language.

Q. Can I submit my photo on a CD or other physical media?
A. No, photos and application forms are accepted only through e-mail.


Q. Can anyone vote?
A. Yes, during the second stage of the contest online voting will be conducted, which will be open for everyone.

Q. Can I vote separately for a photo in each category?
A. Yes, you can vote separately for a photo in each category. But please be reminded that you will only have one vote in each category of the contest.

Q. Can I vote for my own photo?
A. Yes, you can vote.

Q. How do I vote?
A. Voting will become available beginning from August 15, 2017 on the website of the International Photo Contest and will last until August 25, 2017. You will be able to enter separate galleries for each category and vote.

Q. Can I vote many times?
A. No, you will be able to vote for a photo in each category only once.

Q. Where is the gallery with photos?
A. You will be able to see the gallery with photos during the second stage of the contest, on August 15, 2017.


Q. What would you suggest concerning the photos to be submitted?
A. The following are suggested:

  • - In order to have basic idea what to photograph, please read about two main themes of the contest, i.e. what is climate change and ozone layer depletion.
  • - See what other have done so far, what kind of photos were created on these themes.
  • - Think what you want to tell through your photos and how to make them interesting and unique.
  • - Think how you can attract attention of the people seeing it.

Q. What kind of photos do you suggest to submit for the category of “Climate change in my eyes”?
A. In general, it depends on your creative vision and what do you want to express through your photos. Some ideas are provided below:

  • - A photo demonstrating some unusual occurrence, which is the consequence of climate change. For example, unusual climatic condition in the nearby areas.
  • - A photo showing the ways people are adapting to climate change. For example, change in consumption behavior.
  • - A photo which aims to deliver some kind of message in a creative way about climate change. For example, people form the phrase of “climate change”.
  • - A photo demonstrating reasons for climate change. For example, use of extensive number of cars, producing huge amount of emissions.
  • - Etc.

Q. What kind of photos do you suggest to submit for the category of “Ozone layer and I”?
A. As it has been mentioned earlier, it indeed depends on your creativity. Below are some ideas, which you might consider:

  • - A photo which demonstrates the reasons for ozone layer depletion, i.e. anthropogenic and natural ones. For example, it could be the use of refrigeration equipment working on ozone depleting substances, naturally occurring eruptions of volcanoes, etc.
  • - A photo which shows the consequences of ozone layer depletion. For example, ozone layer depletion results in increased UV radiation, which in turn has negative impact on animals, humans and nature in general.
  • - A photo which depicts the struggle against ozone layer depletion, for example campaigns, signing of important documents such as Montreal Protocol, etc.
  • - A photo with people demonstrating some letters, gestures and movements.
  • - Etc.
In general, the more creative the photo, the better!

Q. Is it important to provide description for a photo submitted?
A. Yes, because it will help us to understand better what you were going to tell by your photo.

Q. Can the description of a photo be more than 30 words?
A. No, generally we do not recommend to submit description of a photo which is more than 30 words.


Q. Do I need to receive written permission from a person, who has been depicted on the photo?
A. No, written permission is not required. It suffices to have verbal consent of the person, who has been depicted on the photo. And it is a photographer’s responsibility to ensure that this permission has been granted. Organizers will not bear any responsibility concerning the photo, if it has been identified that a photographer did not get required permission from a person, who is depicted on the photo.


Application form (only in English language):

Application form

Detailed information on the International Photo Contest (choose language and download):


Promotional Materials (in English language):

Leaflet Poster


13a, Sh. Rustaveli Str., Tashkent, 010100, Uzbekistan

E-mail: - For sending the photos along with application forms. - For questions concerning the International Photo Contest.