Moldova: World Bank Launches 2010 Youth Photo & Video Competition “Changing Climate, Changing Moldova”

February 17, 2010

"When we individually choose how to interact with the environment, when societies begin to understand better the importance of sustainable use of resources, and when governments across continents create global partnerships to preserve a better planet for future generations, the role of promoters and leading actors of a cleaner and safer environment belongs, no doubt, to the youth of today and the youth of tomorrow."
Melanie Marlett, WB Country Manager for Moldova

February 17, 2010 - The World Bank Country Office in Moldova announces the 2010 Youth Photo & Video Competition: "Changing Climate, Changing Moldova". The competition is open to young people aged 13 – 31, regardless of residence status or citizenship, with the exception of World Bank staff family members.

We are looking forward to receive interesting images & videos representing Moldova’s changing Climate & Environment - nature, landscapes, communities, generations, etc. Your images and videos may be taken anywhere in Moldova. All submissions should be of high quality and should accurately reflect the scene as it appeared. Photo/video captions must accompany all submissions, and should include the title, the location, and the author’s name. Applications must be submitted electronically, and you may submit maximum of 5 photos and 2 videos for the contest. (Video clip shall not exceed 120 seconds.)

By entering the competition, you confirm that your submissions are your own creation and original in nature and that the publication of the submitted material will not violate the rights of any party, and that you have provided all necessary permissions and releases for the subsequent use of the photographs and videos. You also confirm that the submitted photographs/videos are not of an obscene or offensive nature, and that they do not violate community decency standards.

By participating in the photo/video contest, you hereby grant the World Bank a non-exclusive, non-revocable license to edit, publish, use, adapt, modify, and license to others any image you submit. Upon World Bank request, you agree to provide a release signed by any individual depicted in any images you submit.

The submitted photos will be judged to the extent to which they meet the theme of the photo contest, with a focus on originality, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and technical excellence. The judges are a panel of World Bank representatives and external partners. All decisions made by the judges are final and undisputable. The World Bank will not return any submitted images. The winners will be awarded nine main prizes1:

For Photo contest:

• First Prize - $150 gift and a Winning Certificate;
• 2 Second Prizes - $100 gift and a Winning Certificate;
• 3 Third Prizes - $50 gift and a Winning Certificate.

For Video contest:

• First Prize - $200 gift and a Winning Certificate;
• Second Prize - $150 gift and a Winning Certificate;
• Third Prize - $100 gift and a Winning Certificate.

There are a number of other prizes which will be awarded to meritorious submissions.

The deadline for submissions is 18:00, May 7, 2010. Finalists will be announced by May 22, 2010. Winning submissions will host a Photo/Video Exhibition and will be showcased in promotional materials. Each participant will receive copies of those materials.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and winning submissions will be posted on the World Bank Moldova website.

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