Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific


Terms And Conditions

Thank you for your interest in the “The Save Food Asia-Pacific Photo Contest” organized by the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to raise awareness about food losses and food waste in the region. Please review the competition rules set out below. By entering the photo competition you are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.


This competition is open to anyone aged 18 years old and older by the contest closing date of 20 February 2014, resident in any Asia-Pacific country. List of eligible countries are found here

To be eligible, all photographs must be taken in Asia-Pacific, in one of the countries listed above. Photographs must have been taken within one year of the competition closing date.

There is no entry fee.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers.

The photographer must be the sole author of the entries and hold full rights to them.

The photographer must have received permission from the subject(s) for the image to be used in the competition. Photographs that violate the rights of those depicted or put people at risk will not be considered by the judges.

(*) Entries will only be accepted in high resolution digital format. Image files should be in JPG format, with a file size up to a maximum of 3 megabytes. Once we’ve shortlisted entries then we might contact you again to send us a high-resolution version of the photo.

Other than regular post production and color correction, entries must not be digitally altered or manipulated in any way, including digitally altering images to change content. Any entries deemed by the judges to have been changed will be disqualified.

No more than three (3) photographs may be submitted by any one person. All photos must be accompanied by a caption and descriptive information about each shot. This must include title, date and location where the photo was taken and caption. The caption must explain in English in 600 characters or less how the photo entry relates to reducing food losses or food waste. 

Pictures that have won awards in other photo competitions, or similar shots from the same sequence, are not eligible to enter. Images (or similar shots from the same sequence) previously published in magazines, newspapers, publications, websites, or other promotional materials are ineligible.

Entrants are responsible for the appearance of all images and the judges will make their decisions based on how the images appear on their screens.

The organizers reserve the right to remove and disqualify uploaded images which they, in their absolute discretion, consider may cause offence or may be unsuitable or inappropriate for this competition; for example, but not exclusively, because of their violent, criminal, religious, political, racial, sexual or exploitative content.

The contest opens at 9:00am Bangkok local time on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. The closing date for entries to the competition is 11:59pm Bangkok local time 20 February 2014.

Due to the large volume of entries anticipated the organizers regret that only the winners will be contacted. Details of the winning entries will be available on the photo contest website no later than 10 March 2014.

Please email your entries (maximum of 3MB) to (*)


A panel of judges will judge all entries. The judging criteria will include five categories:

1. Relevance: the photograph’s relevance to the Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign.

2. Creativity: Is the subject matter pictured in a unique way? Is the image captured from an interesting point of view? Does the photo demonstrate originality?

3. Technical Quality: Is the photo in focus? Is lighting in balance? Is the use of depth of field creative? Is there good use of colour, light, contrast and saturation?

4. Composition: Does the photograph tell a story? Does the photograph bring together the visual elements to express the purpose of the image? Can the viewer immediately identify the subject?

5. Caption: The caption provided with the entry clearly outlines the purpose of the image, how it is relevant to the theme and any other features or story related to the capturing of this photograph. The caption must be written in English in 600 words or less and we reserve the right to correct spelling and grammar mistakes.

Up to 20 points will be awarded in each category for a total of 100 points and the photo with the highest score will be awarded first place and so on for second and third place.

A viewer’s choice award would be given to the photo that receives the most “likes” on the Save Food Asia Pacific facebook page from among the list of short-listed entries.

The decision of the organizers and judges on all matters relating to the competition will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into at any stage.

The judging panel will make a selection of the photographs for a Save Food Asia-Pacific Photo Exhibition. By entering the competition photographers are deemed to have agreed to the exhibition of their pictures, if selected.


By entering the contest you agree to grant the UN, its agencies, funds, programs and sponsors full non-exclusive copyright for all photographs entered in the competition. That the photos submitted could be uploaded to the Save Food Asia Pacific facebook page and that the UN and sponsors reserve the right to use the photographs in not for profit advocacy and promotional materials such as magazines, reports, calendars, postcards, etc.

When photographs are used credit will also be given to the photographer, but no subsequent payments will be made.

The photos will also be added to the UN’s online photo galleries and Facebook pages and made available to any party the UN deems suitable, subject to appropriate crediting.


Prizes in the competition will be as follows:

- One Grand Prize 

 Two Runner Up Prizes

- One Viewers’ Choice Award

The winners are responsible for paying any and all taxes due on prizes.

Finalists and prize winners agree to take part in post-competition publicity, if requested.

The UN accepts no liability for incorrect information supplied in the submission form. Any person(s) found to have provided false information will be excluded from the competition and should any of the winners be found to have provided false information the prize will be forfeit and returned to the UN.

Read More at: and