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"Making History Together" Photo Contest for the 30th Anniversary of Mongolia - World Bank Partnership

March 15-April 30, 2021



Mongolia became a member of the World Bank in February 1991.  Over the last three decades, the World Bank has provided more than US$1.28 billion in development financing to the country contributing to the country’s economic development, improving people’s livelihoods, and addressing environment and climate challenges.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of our partnership, we are inviting all our stakeholders – project beneficiaries, implementers, and partners -- who have been part of this journey, to join the initiative of documenting this rich history through photography.

What this partnership means to you? What results have you seen or contributed to? Share with us through a photo.

  • Mongolia became a member of the World Bank in February 1991. The purpose of the contest is therefore to provide an opportunity for all our stakeholders, who have co-authored and presently contributing to writing of the 30-year history of the partnership between the World Bank Group and Mongolia, to join the initiative of documenting this rich history through photography.

  • Entries will be accepted in the form of a documentary photograph that captures the historical moments of Mongolia's 30 years as a member of the World Bank Group, the progress and results of the projects and programs implemented. The photo submissions should preferably focus on beneficiaries and project partners and include people in them, whenever possible.

    • Entrants must send up to 5 submissions to with the subject line “World Bank Mongolia Photo Contest” along with their contact details including phone number and email address.
    • Each work should be given a title and a brief description in English or Mongolian including, among others, the name of the creator/author, city/aimag/soum/district, description of character/scene, etc.
    • Entries must in JPG format and be at a minimum resolution of 3000x2000 pixels/DPI 300.
    • The photograph should accurately reflect the subject matter and scene as it appeared, and not been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.).
    • Photographs must be the sole property of the photographer. In other words, the photo must be taken only by the entrant, and the organizer of the contest will not be responsible for any copyright issues.
    • Entries must be original and unpublished. No previously published photos will be accepted.  Contestants should be prepared to certify this attestation on request. If requested, contestants must also be able to obtain all necessary third-party releases (human subjects in the photographs, including parental/guardians’ approval for minors). Any form of plagiarism or copyright infringement will result in automatic disqualification.
    • The contest is open to Mongolian nationals above the age of 18.
    • The World Bank  staff, including consultants, interns, contractors and their immediate families, are not eligible to participate in the Contest.
    • Persons or entities who are ineligible to receive Bank funds under the Bank’s Anti-Corruption Guidelines, Corporate Procurement Policy and Operational Procurement and Consultant Guidelines, and other applicable rules are ineligible to participate.
  • Judging will be conducted by a team of 3 representatives of the World Bank. The judges will select the winning works on three criteria including:

    • Use of creative imagination and photographic skills to show the WBG project results on people’s lives;
    • Content and title of the work, and their relevance; and
    • Photographic quality and other technical parameters.



    • Grounds for disqualification. If after announcing the winners the panel of judges find and/or determine that a winning Contestant has misrepresented, misstated, or mischaracterized Contestant’s entry of this Contest in any way or Contestant is not the rightful owner of the submitted entry, the entry may be withdrawn and disqualified from the Contest, and any privileges received by winning this Contest may be rescinded.  Any determinations made by the panel of judges in withdrawing and disqualifying any entry will be final and confidential. By entering this Contest, Contestant agrees to keep any controversies between Contestant, the panel of judges and/or the World Bank confidential and Contestant further agrees not to disparage the panel of judges, and/or the World Bank, in any dispute or controversy.
    • No Recourse to Judicial Procedures. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to any other recourse to judicial procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and Contestant expressly waives any and all such rights.
    • Preservation of Immunities. Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the World Bank, or any other member of the World Bank Group, which are specifically reserved.   
  • The top four winners[1] will receive the prizes as follows:

    • Grand Prize Winner -  Cash prize of 1 million tugrug.
    • Three runner-ups – Cash prize of 500,000 tugrug each.

    Winners of the contest will be announced in the media, on the World Bank's social media platforms and website, and the results will be made public on Facebook. All decisions are final.

    Up to 50 works from the contest will be printed in a photo album, which will be gifted to the winners of the competition.

    Entries will be accepted for one month until April 30, 2021

    [1] Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. No transfer or substitution of a prize is permitted except by the World Bank.

  • By submitting an entry, the entrants grant the World Bank the non-exclusive right to use the images submitted in printed publications of the World Bank, its social media platforms, its websites, or in any other media, and may be copied and displayed with appropriate attribution to the photographer for non-commercial purposes. Entrants retain copyright and remain the owner of their images. The World Bank Group reserves the right to publish and/or to make available to the public all the submissions. The World Bank Group reserves the right to modify the format of the submissions for publication purposes. The World Bank has the sole discretion to select entries for inclusion in the Photo Album.