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#PressforProgress Photo Contest: Shortlisted Entries from Sri Lanka!

September 08-October 07, 2018

Sri Lanka


Strategic partner: The Colombo Municipal Council | Awards partners: Abans and Cinnamon Grand Colombo | Outreach, promotions and advocacy partners: The National Association of Photographers Sri Lanka (NAPSL), World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Chrysalis | Agency partner: SHIFT Solutions | Design Engagement Partner: AOD | Mobile exhibition partner: Pickme Sri Lanka | Online Media Partner: Roar Media | Media Partner: Wijeya Group

The World Bank Group Office in Sri Lanka and the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) together with partner organizations are pleased to launch a photo competition inviting women living or born in Sri Lanka to capture the country’s society and environment from their perspective and submit their photographs for competition by October 15, 2018. 


  • The competition is open to females who are amateur photographers, emerging artists, and established professionals. There is no age limit.

    The broad theme for the competition is #PressforProgress for More and Better Jobs for Sri Lankan Women

    The World Bank Group looks forward to original photographs that portray women in ways that are representative of society: on one hand—women in daily lives, female entrepreneurs, women in skilled work, and women leaders; on the other hand—women’s imagination, women’s sense of beauty and the country seen through women’s eyes.

    The photographs will be judged on: relevance to the theme, power of the message, originality in treating the theme, creativity, technical quality, and suitability for presentation in a workplace of an international organization and the Colombo Municipal Council.

    After receiving all entries, an international panel of judges will review them between October 22 and October 27 to select the winning photographs and the photographers.

    The winning photographs will be presented in an exhibition in the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) area on Saturday January 12, 2019.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.


  • Participation Guidelines for Artists

    Each artist should submit:

    • A completed Entry Form (see attachment)
    • Not more than 10 and not less than 3 color or black-and-white photographs in digital format.

    Submission Instructions for Photographs

    • Photographs can be sent as low-resolution image files (jpeg format). The required maximum horizontal dimension is 1920 pixels and the maximum vertical dimension is 1080 pixels with a resolution of 300 dpi. and maximum image file size of 2 MB. Please send entries via e-mail to infosrilanka@worldbank.org, with Competition #PressforProgress for More and Better Jobs for Sri Lankan Women in the subject line.
    • Please attach the entry form to the same email.
    • Submissions are accepted via email only (infosrilanka@worldbank.org).


    Complete applications should be submitted by 23:59 your local time on October 7, 2018.


    The competition is open to females who are amateur photographers, emerging artists, and established professionals. There is no age limit. World Bank Group staff, including Consultants, Interns, Contractors and their immediate family members, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Project staff contracted through World Bank supported projects are eligible to participate. Non-immediate/distant relatives of the panel members are also ineligible.


    Only selected artists will be notified, by November 3, 2018


    The photographs remain the property of the photographer. If the World Bank or any partner organization would like to use these photographs beyond the scope of this exhibition, it will be with prior approval of the photographer and with due credit. In addition awards will be sponsored by the partner organizations once winners are finalized.

    Selection Committee and Prize

    The entries will be evaluated by an international committee composed of Michael Foley and Andrea Baldeck chaired by Dr. Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives.  The first three prize winners will receive a prize in the form of recognition and visibility.

    Exhibition Structure

    The selected artists will be featured in a monographic exhibition curated by the World Bank Art Program and the Academy of Design Colombo. Pickme Sri Lanka will host a mobile exhibition. The exhibition and fringe events will be held in Colombo in close coordination between the World Bank Office in Colombo and the Colombo Municipal Council and other partners listed below. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.

    No fixed number of works is established for the final exhibition. The decision is based on the quality of submissions and curatorial selection.

    Artist responsibility

    The main responsibility of the selected artists will be to be a responsive partner with the World Bank Group Office during the organization of the exhibition, and to assure timely response to the Office’s requests.

    The World Bank Office responsibility

    The Office will pay for the printing and framing of the photos for the exhibition using its own equipment and resources.

    The Office will pay for the installation of the exhibition. The Office will not be able to pay the artists any fees.

    The Office will design, print, and disseminate a brochure of the exhibition.  Each artist will receive 10 complimentary copies of the brochure.

    The Office will promote the exhibition in the usual ways allowed for the World Bank Group’s programs and in close coordination with partner organizations. 

    Last Updated: Sep 08, 2018

  • Partner Organizations responsibility

    Partner organizations are selected based on their commitment and work to promote Female Labour Force Participation (FLFP) in Sri Lanka. These are the partners who have already committed to this cause.

    • Strategic partner - The Colombo Municipal Council

    • Awards partners - Abans and Cinnamon Grand Colombo

    • Outreach, promotions and advocacy partners - The National Association of Photographers Sri Lanka (NAPSL), World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Chrysalis 

    • Agency partner - SHIFT Solutions 

    • Design Engagement Partner - AOD

    • Mobile exhibition partner - Pickme Sri Lanka

    • Online Media Partner - Roar Media 

    • Media Partner - Wijeya Group

    The World Bank is exploring additional partnerships for the second phase of this initiative to host and participate in fringe events related to creating the space for women to enter the workforce. Private sector and civil society organizations committed to this cause are welcome to participate as a partner. Contributions could vary from sponsorship of awards to the participants/winners of the competition to sponsoring fringe events. Partners will receive recognition and visibility for their contributions. 

    As a partner, you will receive these benefits:

    • Social Media: Blog post showcasing your name and logo simultaneously distributed to 1.5 million+ via World Bank South Asia and Sri Lanka Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as through partners already committed to this initiative.

    • Web name and logo and links on www.worldbank.org/srilanka to a pre-determined page of your website.

    • your name and logo will be included at events, publications, and media interviews (wherever possible).

    • You will be duly acknowledged and your work highlighted in all event related speeches by the main sponsors

    Partners Agreement

    The World Bank will be responsible for managing the first phase of the competition including finalizing winners and all costs related to the call for proposals, receiving the art work, exhibition costs and installation. The Colombo Municipal Council will provide the venue at the Townhall and Viharamahadevi Park and support the mobile exhibition through city traffic management. All other partners will agree to pool their time and resources for the second phase of this initiative; exhibition and fringe events. 

    The World Bank will not finance other organizations partnering for this initiative. It is expected that partners would volunteer their time and co-sponsor outreach efforts including events. Partners are welcome to contribute through their own ongoing initiatives aligned to the objectives of the campaign and photographic exhibition and possible fringe events related to promoting female labour force participation in Sri Lanka. 

    If interested in collaborating with the World Bank on this initiative, please send an email to infosrilanka@worldbank.org

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