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BACKGROUND

In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. Thus, to commemorate this event, the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Beau Bassin Rose Hill is launching a Photography Contest on the theme: The “Healthy Plants and Unhealthy Plants”.

PHOTO EXHIBITION

Submitted photos will be used by the RGSC to mount an Exhibition which will be opened to the public in March 2021.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

These photos will help others recognize plant pests and show their impact and will be used to raise awareness about them during the International Year of Plant Health and beyond.

HEALTHY AND UNHEALTHY PLANTS

FAO estimates that up to 40% of food crops are lost to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and severely damages agriculture.

Healthy plants are a critical resource because of the many ways they support life on Earth. They are the source of the air we breathe, most of the food we eat and natural protectors of the environment.

You can submit photos illustrating either Unhealthy plants or Healthy Plants

UNHEALTHY PLANTS

We want you to send us photographs of pests attacking plants in your area, or to show us the damage being caused. Pests are defined as any species, strain or type of plant, animal or pathogen that damage plants or plant products. They include insects, virus, bacteria, nematodes and invasive plants.

HEALTHY PLANTS –

CUSTODIANS OF OUR AIR, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

Send us photographs that capture the natural beauty of plants and reflect their importance as the source of the air we breathe, our food and as protectors of our environment.

Prizes will be awarded to the best photos, as well as honourable mentions.

JURY AWARD

Jury awards

First Prize:

Cash Prize of Rs 15,000

First Runner up:

Cash Prize of Rs 10,000

Second Runner up:

Cash Prize of Rs 5,000

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (VOTED BY SOCIAL MEDIA USERS):
(Each like will be equivalent to ONE point)

Public voting awards

First Prize:

Cash Prize of Rs 6,000

First Runner up:

Cash Prize of Rs 5,000

Second Runner up:

Cash Prize of Rs 4,000

All participants who submit a video and their supervising educators will receive a certificate of participation.

ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is open to the public age group 14-25 years. Participation is free of charge.

HOW TO TAKE PART?

Use an online form completing each of the compulsory fields: name, surname, email, title and caption of the photograph, plant name and short description (for the first category) / plant name along with name and brief description of the pest affecting the plant, if applicable (for the second category), location and date when photo was taken.

TIMELINE AND DEADLINE

Deadline to submit photos online: 30 October 2020
Selected Photos will be uploaded on the Official Facebook Page of the RGSC for public voting: 01 December 2020

Last date for public voting: 20 January 2021

Prize Giving Ceremony and Photo Exhibition: March 2021

HOW TO TAKE PART?

1. Entrants can only submit to the Contest original works for which they are the sole creator and copyright holder.
  • Photographs should not have dates or text on top of the image.
  • Each Entrant can send up to TWO photographs.
  • All photographs should be in jpeg or jpg format.
2. Photos should be as high resolution as possible at 300 dpi; Maximum size is 5 MB; Jpg format
3. When completing the IYPH Photography contest online form, participants should provide their personal information, email and address, information including:
  • A caption describing the contents (Short description of your photo max 140 characters) within the frame written as complete sentences.
  • Date and place the photo was taken.
  • The content of an image must not be altered (adding, moving or eliminating elements within a frame, for example, is not allowed), but basic image retouching is permitted (contrast, brightness, etc.).
  • Entrants must accept the legal conditions described in this form when submitting a photo.