Wednesday, April 15, 2015

APPLY NOW: USAID Power Africa Photo Contest

We know that Power Africa is having a real impact on people’s lives, businesses, and governments in sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa’s progress is difficult to capture with action shots. A signed deal or a megawatt are not always easy to visualize - especially for non-technical audiences. And that’s where the creativity and vision of our partners plays a role: to help shed light and their perspective on the role Power Africa and energy innovation are playing to increase access to power in Africa. We’re asking you: our partners, colleagues, and implementers to show the world the faces, places, and moments that epitomize Power Africa.
Send us your best photos for a chance to be featured in Power Africa’s exhibition space at one of the world’s leading energy conference for the African Energy Forum as well as to commemorate the opening of Power Africa’s headquarter offices in Pretoria, South Africa. Winning photos will also be used in Power Africa and USAID publications, events, conferences, and exhibits. All submitted photos will be featured on Power Africa social media, websites and literature and/or other Power Africa partners’ discretion (photographs will be credited where appropriate).
Submitted photos should serve to answer one of the following questions:
  • Impact What does energy and energy innovation look like in practice?
  • Change How does access to electricity change a human life or an ecosystem (government, community, organization)?
  • New Model How is Power Africa’s approach different?
  • Partnership What does energy look like when we work together in partnership through Power Africa?
Two winners will be selected for each category.

Submission Requirements

This contest is open to everyone. Employees of the US Government, its partners and contractors may also participate.
Photos must:
  • Be high-resolution, high quality photos that are at least 1024 pixels or larger (tall or wide) or around 300 pixels per inch or 120 pixels per centimeter. Please send us the highest resolution version of the photo you have (at least 1 MB). If you are using Photoshop, please send only level 7 or higher compressed photos.
  • Be high quality JPG and JPEG
  • Be an original submission (submitted by photographer or with permission) and not previously submitted to a USAID photo contest. Submissions with a logo or time stamp visible on top of the photo will not be accepted.
  • Include a credit: name of photographer and organizational affiliation (if applicable)
  • Include a unique, robust caption (in English), which includes a description of what is going on in the photo, who is involved, where it was taken, and how it is a part of or relates to Power Africa.
  • Seek to answer one of the above questions and “tell the story” of Power Africa and its accomplishments by accentuating depth, directing the viewers toward our subjects and hinting at the larger story of their lives and details help tell the story of the environments that our partners and beneficiaries live in.
To submit a photo, please email by April 17, 2015 with all the information required above and your attached photo(s). Winners will be announced by May 1.
Power Africa (under USAID and the interagency) has the right to reproduce your photo in any format, including print products, on the web, and in social media (including the Power Africa site and platforms, USAID and/or other Power Africa USG agency websites and platforms).

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