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UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest 2021 [Win Exciting Prizes]: Submit by Aug 31

Submissions are open for UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest 2021. The last date of submission is 31 August.

About UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads

The annual Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest offers an exciting opportunity for young people from all over the world to capture their understanding of the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through the lens of their camera. As the visual arts, and in particular photography, are so often used by today’s youth as a powerful tool for communication and self-expression, images have the potential to play a significant role in raising awareness of the key issues facing our contemporary globalizing world.

This year in particular, at a time where many educational and cultural institutions have been temporarily closed, the photo contest provides an opportunity for young people to connect with one another in a digital space and share their creativity and vision for our post-pandemic world.

Many hubs of social activity and human interaction, including schools, have been adversely affected by Covid-19, in light of these disruptions UNESCO is endeavouring to support remote learning, educational access, and youth engagement with culture, through its many initiatives.

The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is an opportunity for young people who live or have travelled within these regions to share their perceptions and further their understanding of the common cultural heritage and pluralistic identities emerging from the interactions and exchanges taking place along the Silk Roads. The contest encourages the use of photography to extend these cultural interactions and encounters in the contemporary world, to foster mutual understanding and promote peace amongst the diverse populations encompassed by the Silk Roads.


The contest is divided into two age categories: 14-17-year-olds, and 18-25-year-olds.


For the 3rd edition of the contest this year participants are invited to submit their photographs that best encapsulate the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through the two parallel themes of ‘Textiles and Clothing’, and ‘Intercultural Exchanges in the Time of Covid-19, including in the field of Textiles and Clothing’. 

  • Interested candidates can register and submit entries via this page.
  • Participation in the photography contest is free of charge. 
Important dates
  • The contest officially begins on 24 May 2021, and entries must be submitted by 23:59:59 p.m. (GMT +1) on 31 August 2021.
  • Competition winners will be announced online on September 2021.

In each age category, three photographs will be awarded by the international members of the Selection Committee. It is composed of six international personalities who are recognized for their artistic work and designated by the UNESCO. Subsequently, the Selection Committee is composed of five members with a chairman, as well as a representative of the UNESCO Director-General.

  • 1st Award:  A professional digital single-lens reflex camera equipped with 18-55mm lens
  • 2nd Award: Semi-professional digital camera
  • 3rd Award: Digital camera

Email: Silkroadsphotocontest[at]

Click here to view the official notification of UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest 2021.

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