Calling all professional, amateur and student photographers! IUCN Bangladesh is now accepting entries to the “Biodiversity in focus” photography competition.
The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives.
In partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and the Environment & Sustainable Development Cluster at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the photography competition seeks to raise awareness about the significance of national biodiversity and to portray the richness of Bangladesh biodiversity and its degradation and how it is interfacing with livelihoods.
IUCN Bangladesh Country Representative, Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan says “From our coasts to wetlands most people appreciate the beauty of the natural world, but awareness of biodiversity, how seriously it is threatened, and the implications for human wellbeing, is alarmingly low”.
“There is a critical need to showcase the diversity of plants and animals found in Bangladesh and highlight the ongoing degradation and threat to ecosystems as a result of our everyday actions. Images have the power to strongly resonate with people, connecting them with their environment” says Professor Khan.
The photography competition is open to all residents of Bangladesh the contest welcomes entries which are exclusive to the competition, unpublished, and not submitted to previous competitions. The competition will run until Thursday 6 May 2010.
Amateur and Professional photographers can enter images in the following categories; Nature in the urban landscape, Ecosystems under threat (degradation), Human interface with nature (livelihoods), Diversity of life under a changing climate, Investing in nature (conservation).
Students, 14 years and under will be posed the question “Where do I see nature in my day?” to inspire their images by photography or drawings.
The definition of ‘biodiversity’ is, for the purpose of this prize, a comprehensive one, describing the variety of life on earth. It refers to the wide variety of animals, plants, their habitats and their genes, this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.
This article is a quoted discussion on the Views On Tourism network group , published by Nauman Haque, Young Professional Officer at UNDP Bangladesh.
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