[Announcement] IOM-EU Migration Photo Contest 2013

30 August 2013


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The IOM-EU Migration Photo Contest 2013 is open to anyone resident in any country. The theme of the contest is ‘Think Move Change,’ aiming at raising public awareness of Nepal’s labour migration challenges and opportunities through visual representations of Nepalese migrants, their families and communities, and advocating for safe migration for all current and potential migrants. Entries must be submitted by 31 October2013.

1.     Background in Nepal

Over 2.5 million Asian workers are estimated to leave their countries every year, and around 2 million Nepalese currently live and work outside of Nepal excluding India. The contribution of migrants to the economy of Nepal has increased significantly in the past decade. The remittances from Nepalese migrants resident abroad to their families in Nepal has contributed to nearly 23 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2009, and 20 per cent in 2010 and 2011[i]. Migrants and their families have the potential to invest in productive sectors, breaking the vicious cycle of re-migration while having an impact on the development of Nepal’s economy. In addition, the realm of migration for Nepal has significantly grown over the years, and is not just limited to Gulf States but has expanded to North America and Europe for permanent migration. However, there are cases of labour trafficking and migration through irregular channels, which expose Nepalese workers to exploitative and unethical practices. Many of these migrants are led astray due in part to a lack of information about legal migration. As such, the issues related to safe labour migration have become increasingly significant in discussions of Nepal’s social and economic development. 

2.     The Labour Migration Project in Brief

The IOM, the European Union (EU) and the Government of Nepal have jointly launched the labour migration[ii] project: Strengthening Labour Migration Management Capacities in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines for Replication in Other Colombo Process Member States. The project envisages improving the capacity of the Government of Nepal and private recruitment agencies to carry out recruitment monitoring, to enhance dialogues between countries of origin and destination, and to disseminate information more effectively to the potential and current migrants’ at the source communities to reduce the risk of irregular migration.


3.     The Concept of the Photo Contest

The IOM-EU Migration Photo Contest 2013 is held to raise public awareness of Nepal’s labour migration challenges and opportunities through visual representations of Nepalese migrants, their families and communities, and advocating for safe migration for all current and potential migrants. The theme of the contest is ‘Think Move Change’. The universal values that the contest reflects are: human rights and the well-being of migrants and their families[iii].


4.     The Organizers

The IOM-EU Migration Photo Contest 2013 is co-organised by the IOM Nepal Mission and the EU Delegation to Nepal.


5.     The Contest Rules (Terms & Conditions)

(1)   Eligibility

This contest is open to anyone resident in any country, while all photographs must depict Nepalese current and potential migrants and their families in Nepal and/or in their countries of destinations. Subjects in the photographs can be freely and creatively chosen by photographers. Photographs must have been taken within two years of the closing date of the contest (31 October 2011 – 31 October 2013).


A photographer must hold full copyright to a photograph that s/he wishes to submit to the contest, and also must have received full permission from the subject(s) for the photograph to be used in the contest. Photographs that appear to violate the rights of those represented will not be judged.


(2)   Entry

All entrants must submit their photographs with the completed official entry form to [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] by email. Entries in high resolution digital format will only be accepted (image files must be in JPG format: 1,600 pixels wide if a horizontal image or 1,600 pixels tall if a vertical image, and not more than 3MB).All entrants can submit up to three photographs with the respective entry form.


IOM-EU Migration Photo Contest 2013 Entry Form [download]


Photographs that are digitally altered or manipulated and/or that are previously published in magazines, newspapers, websites or other information materials will not be accepted. Photographs that are not accompanied by the entry form will not be considered by the judges.


The contest opens at 0:00 AM Nepal local time on Sunday, 1 September 2013, and closes at 11:59pm Nepal local time on Thursday, 31 October 2013.There is no entry fee.


(3)   Judging

A panel of judges will be formed of the IOM Nepal, the EU Delegation to Nepal and professional Nepalese photographers. There are four components of the judging criteria:




Is the photograph relevant to Nepalese migration overall?



Does the photograph represent Nepalese migrant(s) and/or their families and/or migration challenges of Nepal in a unique and interesting approach?



Does the photograph tell an interesting and significant migration story through the image?



Does the photographer have good skills to represent the subject(s)?


(4)   Grand Prize

Grand prize is a CANON EOS 700D, a digital single lens camera. It will be given to the best entry chosen by the panel of judges. The Best 12 photos including the grand prize winning photograph will be published as a desktop photo calendar for the year 2014. Participation prizes (the photo calendar, certificate of appreciation and special gifts from the IOM and the EU) will also be given to those best 12 entrants.


(5)   Announcement

The results of the contest will be announced in November 2013 on the official website of IOM Nepal, the United Nations Nepal Information Platform, the IOM Nepal’s officieal facebook page and twitter page, and through a press release. Only the grand prize winner and top 11 photographers will be contacted by the co-organisers after the contest.


(6)   Copyright

The IOM as a co-organizer of this contest reserves all copyrights to archive and use the photographs submitted for the IOM’s communication and advocacy activities by website, social media sites and other information materials. Therefore, all entrants are deemed to have agreed to the exhibition and other use of their photographs by entering the contest. Credit will be given to the photographers when their photos are used by the IOM. However, no payment will be generated in any kind.


(7)   Photo Exhibition

The selection of excellent photographs will be exhibited in Kathmandu on the occasion of the International Migrants Day in December 2013.


6.     Contact
For more information about the contest, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

[i] Figures reported by the World Bank.

[ii]Labour migration - Movement of persons from one State to another, or within their own country of residence, for the purpose of employment. Labour migration is addressed by most States in their migration laws. In addition, some States take an active role in regulating outward labour migration and seeking opportunities for their nationals abroad.

[iii]Migrant - At the international level, no universally accepted definition for "migrant" exists. The term migrant was usually understood to cover all cases where the decision to migrate was taken freely by the individual concerned for reasons of "personal convenience" and without intervention of an external compelling factor; it therefore applied to persons, and family members, moving to another country or region to better their material or social conditions and improve the prospect for themselves or their family. The United Nations defines migrant as an individual who has resided in a foreign country for more than one year irrespective of the causes, voluntary or involuntary, and the means, regular or irregular, used to migrate. Under such a definition, those travelling for shorter periods as tourists and businesspersons would not be considered migrants. However, common usage includes certain kinds of shorter-term migrants, such as seasonal farm-workers who travel for short periods to work planting or harvesting farm products.


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