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Offer: Photos and Essays on Youth, Women, and Rural Agricultural Development in Africa - Deadline: May 31st, 2013

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NEPAD and CTA “Our Continent, Our Future” – Photo & Essay Contest on Youth, Women, and Rural Agricultural Development in Africa.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP - EU (CTA) have joined forces in celebrating 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

It is within this context of Pan Africanism and African Renaissance, which is this year’s AU Summit theme that the NEPAD Agency and CTA are jointly organising a Photo and Essay Contest on youth and women in agriculture, climate change, and related themes. Photo entries will depict what NEPAD Agency and its partners are doing in empowering rural youth and women in agriculture. The Photos and Essays should depict NEPAD Programmes and Projects where youth and women’s development is directly or indirectly involved such as Gender, Food and Nutrition Security, the School Feeding scheme CAADP, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Eligibility
The Contest is open to all youth aged 13 to 35, who are citizens of African Union Member States, with no restrictions on gender. Minors are responsible for ensuring their submission is in compliance with the legal requirements of their country (hereinafter referred to as the “Contestant” or the “Contestants”);
Photos must have been taken in the past six months, i.e., not before November 2012;
The Essay cannot be more than 1 page;
Entry is free of charge;
All entries not respecting the theme or the technical/authorship requirements set out below will be systematically ruled out;
Staff members, including immediate family members, working for NEPAD Agency, the African Union, CTA including other partners and sponsors of this competition are not qualified to participate in the contest.

Prizes are up to US$3 thousand (and a digital camera in the photos category).

Entry Categories
Photo category : 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for best Photo depicting the theme and title of contest.
Essay category: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize for best written essay on NEPAD and rural empowerment through agriculture of youth and women.

Awards and Prizes
Photo category :
1st place: USD 2.000 and a Digital Camera
2nd place: USD 1.500 and a Digital Camera
3rd place: USD 1.000 and a Digital Camera

Essay category:
1st place: USD 3.000
2nd place: USD 2.000
3rd place: USD 1.000

It is expressly agreed that the winning Photos and the wining Essays shall be printed out and framed, captioned and exhibited at Africa Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa for one (1) month or more

The winning Photos and Essays might also be displayed at the special African Union’s 50th Anniversary Summit in Addis Ababa and during the Africa Week on NEPAD during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013, in New York, when world leaders will meet to recommit and redouble their efforts in the fight extreme poverty, uses expressly acknowledged and agreed by each entrant/contestant.

The winning Photos will be printed into posters and branded with the NEPAD logo and tagline for used at NEPAD Agency all events and public engagements, whatever their nature and duration, whenever and wherever they shall take place in the world.

The closing date is 31 May 2013 (closes at 24:00 CAT).

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