Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses

WIPO Photography Prize was designed in consultation with an Advisory Board made up of members of Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as members of organizations, governments and individuals working on climate change, biodiversity, photography, intellectual property, media and entrepreneurship. WIPO is deeply grateful for their advice and support.

WIPO aims to celebrate and make widely known the creativity of Indigenous and local community youth, as well as raise their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs. The theme of the WIPO Photography Prize is Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses. Participation is meant to encourage Indigenous and local community youth to express themselves on this issue of immense global significance.


Make an original photograph on the theme of Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses supported by a brief description or short video on how the photograph relates to and expresses your feelings about the theme. Submitted photographs should follow the formatting guidelines outlined in the WIPO Photography Prize rules.

Attach a title as well as a brief personal profile on yourself and on the Indigenous people or local community to which you belong, including the way(s) in which you are involved in your community. These materials should be prepared in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

Participants should be members of Indigenous peoples or local communities located in one of WIPO’s Member States under 30 years old on the closing date for submissions (January 22, 2022). For participants not of legal age (e.g., 18 years old), authorization from a legal guardian is required.

Participants must have taken the photographs and prepared the brief descriptions or short videos themselves.

Photographs must not have been previously recognized and/or awarded in another photography competition. Each participant can submit a maximum of one entry. Combined entries are not allowed.


  • Submissions open: August 12, 2021
  • Submissions close: January 22, 2022
  • Shortlisted entries announced: March 22, 2022
  • Winners announced: April 22, 2022

Submit your entry by January 22, 2022, at 16h00 (Geneva time), through the online submission platform.


Shortlisted and winning photographs will be announced on the WIPO website.

Winners will receive a variety of awards, including photography equipment and related software licenses with a total value of up to USD 3500 (1st place), USD 2500 (2nd place) and USD 1500 (3rd place), as well as photography-related training and mentoring opportunities through our partners.


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