UAE SDG Photography Award

UAE SDG Photography Award

Opening: May 26, 2019
Deadline: July 31, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: 5 awards of $5,000, Publication in the Book

The UAE SDG Photography Award recognizes the immense power of images, to helping us raise awareness as a globally community reach the goals of a better world in unique way. The award was created to use a visual medium towards advancing awareness, and achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UAE National Committee on SDGs, in collaborations with the Hamdan bin Mohammad Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), invites all amateur and professional photographers from around the United Arab Emirates and around the world, to showcase their portfolios in the UAE’s SDG Photography Award.

In 2015, 193 countries adopted the framework for SDGs, to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDG framework is designed for the global community to take action on some of the most pressing challenges confronting our world, in the pursuit of a more prosperous, inclusive and peaceful world. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth –while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

You may submit up to one (1) Photo in each relevant category of the Competition, except the Portfolio category (People) where you can submit between 5 – 10 Photo(s).


Portfolio (Story Telling)

The portfolio category render the photographer’s story telling skill through 5 to 10 photographs. The challenge lies in the details of capturing photographs in separate frames that would tell a story by themselves, complimented by a 100 words short story and connection to a SDG, city and country.


End poverty and hunger in all its forms and ensure that all people can reach their potential in dignity and equality in a healthy environment.

  • SDG 1 – No Poverty
  • SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing
  • SDG 4 – Quality Education
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality

Single Photograph Category

A single shot can inspire a global change. The world today faces many challenges including lack of decent economic growth, inequalities across society, climate change, peace and strong sustainable partnerships. Fortunately, there are many solutions that inspires hope for our future. Participants is open to their own vision of what they find appropriate to capture these challenges and solutions; within the standards, criteria and conditions of the Award.

The aim is to capture one frame that inspire global change, for a better world – not only for us today, but also for all future generations.


Ensure prosperous and fulfilling lives in harmony with nature by providing affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth through innovative industries and infrastructures whilst reducing inequalities and building sustainable cities and communities.

  • SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities


Protect our planet’s natural resources and climate for future generations by finding solutions to provide clean water and sanitation across all countries, responsible consumption and production across all sectors, tackling climate changes hands on and protect life below water and life below land.

  • SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 – Climate Change
  • SDG 14 – Life below Water
  • SDG 15 -Life on Land


Foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies through strong institutional measures, which are free from fear and violence.

  • SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Implement the agenda through a solid and global partnership and maintain sustainable partnerships for a better world, every day.

  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals


  • People $5,000
  • Planet $5,000
  • Prosperity $5,000
  • Peace $5,000
  • Partnerships $5,000


170 selected portfolios and photo will be published in a book and unveiled at the World Government Summit – SDGs in Action, Dubai, UAE, in February 2020.



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