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#WhenSoilsTurnBlack: Photo contest on Black Soils

Send us a photo of an extraordinary Black Soil and you could win exclusive gadgets to celebrate World Soil Day!

Photo contest on black soilsBlack soils include very different types of soil. From the Indian Decan plateau to Bangladesh Black Terai soils of alluvial origin. From Chinese black soils, that are very rich in organic matter, to Canadian black soils, associated with sub-humid climates and tall-grass native vegetation. 

Black soils are of particular global importance due totheir relevance for food security and climate change. However, these soils are prone to severe degradation such as erosion, soil organic carbon loss, dehumification, salinization or sodification, and can suffer from soil acidity.

 

Black soils cover about 916 million hectares worldwide, about 7% of the world’s ice-free land surface, and are identified by a thick, dark-colored, humus. Some of these extraordinary soils may not be around for future generations, so let’s recognize and protect them now! We’d like you to send us inspiring and captivating photos of black soils you know or visited. Will you be able to identify them?

The Photo contest "When Soils turn Black" will be officially launched on the 16 of October 2017 and organizations/individuals are invited to send their pictures by 13 November 2017 to world-soil-day@fao.org

The winners of the photo-contest will receive soil related gadgets and a FAO certificate. In addition, their photo will be published in FAO website and used for the first ever published Black Soils’ photo calendar together with an article featuring the winning pictures in the framework of  World Soil Day.

 


Official Rules

Official Rules

1. Each participant can submit up to 3 pictures with comments

2. Photographs must represent  Black Soil (click here for the definition of Black Soils)

3. All photographs should be sent by email to world-soil-day@fao.org by 13 November, 2017

Eligibility

Eligibility

1. Entrants must have taken the photographs themselves. They may have been taken at any time prior to the contest launch;

2. Photographs should not contain dates or text;

3. All photographs should be in jpeg format;

4. Participants must submit the following information along with the photos: 

  • Name and Surname;
  • Date of Birth;
  • Email;
  • Title and Description of the Photograph;
  • Location (country, region), and date of the photograph.

How can I participate?

How can I participate?

1. Take a photo of an amazing Black Soil. This could be:

  • An extraordinary Black Soil in an unusual place
  • Black Soils that have been restored by humans
  • Black Soils that are struggling to survive degradation and the effects of climate change
  • Black Soil that you consider a champion for other reasons 

2. Tell us why the black soil is so important and attach the photo (minimum size is 1500 x 2100 pixels; 300 dpi; up to 7 MB) to your email. 

3. Finally, don’t forget to post your photo if you have a Twitter, Flickr or Instagram account, using the competition hashtags: #Soils and #WorldSoilDay. We'll retweet some of your photos. 

Format

Format

  1. File size: Minimum size is 1500 x 2100 pixels; 300 dpi; up to 7MB;
  2. Image data files should be created with digital smartphones and still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras).

Copyright

Copyright

  1. Winning entries may be reproduced for possible inclusion in future promotional materials;
  2. Entry in the contest represents consent to use the photos in future publications without compensation.

What is the deadline for entering the photo contest?

What is the deadline for entering the photo contest?

Deadline for entries is 13 November 2017. All photographs should be sent by email to world-soil-day@fao.org.

Time frame, jury, prize

Time frame, jury, prize

  • 16 October - 13 November: Submission of photos by email to world-soil-day@fao.org;
  • 14-21 November 2017: Selection of the best photos by the Jury for inclusion in the Facebook photo contest. The Jury, composed of members of the GSP secretariat with the help of a professional photographer, will select the best pictures to be posted on Facebook for the public voting phase ("Like to win" giveaway);
  • 21 November - 5 December 2017: the 12 most liked pictures will win the "When Soils turn Black" photo contest. The winners will receive soil related gadgets and an FAO certificate. In addition, their photos will be published on the FAO website and used for the first ever published Black Soils’ photo calendar, together with an article featuring the winning pictures in the framework of the World Soil Day.