Let’s Capture Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) you’ve found in Japan!
SDGs Student Photo Contest 2018
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SDGs Student Photo Contest 2018 will be welcoming students from college/university, graduate, vocational, as well as high school this year (Including non-Japanese students studying in Japan).
We ask that you choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests you most, and express what it means to you through a photo snapshot.
We particularly encourage entries that depict elements of SDGs in your own community.
To highlight this year’s focus to promote SDGs in Japan, only the ones taken inside Japan will be accepted.
We encourage you to explore and find SDGs around you.

*Please visit the contest site at: (Maximum 3 photos / person)

Contest Details:
This contest aims to encourage students to reflect on sustainable development from his or her own perspective, express it through a photo, and share it with others. We welcome photos that tell a story; they may come in a journalistic form, presenting a clear problem, or may be abstract and creative, representing your ideas and thoughts. What can you do to change the world? How will the SDGs influence the way you think or act? How can you inform your friends, family, and community members of social issues and prompt them to take action? The answers to these questions will become key to achieving the SDGs. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and apply.

*Last year’s prize winning entries can be viewed at:

*The award ceremony can be viewed at:

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The goals that were formally adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. They consist of 17 goals and aim to bring an end to various forms of poverty, fight against inequality, and deal with climate change as each country establishes specific goals and plans for action. However, achieving the SDGs requires not only action at the national level, but also at the individual level. These goals can only be attained when every individual plays his or her part.
Please visit the official website at:

Application Details

*Deadline: Submit your photo(s) between Thursday 10 May and Monday 20 August 2018. The announcement of the results is scheduled to be held in conjunction with United Nations Day, on 24 October.

*Qualifications: Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school, college/university, graduate, and vocational school, which are limited to students from Japan (We also welcome non-Japanese applicants)
・Maximum 3 photos / person.

*Awards (subject to change depending on the content and number of applications):     
・Grand Prize (Foreign Minister’s Award)   1 Prize
・Award of Excellence                  3 Prizes 
・Award of Recognition                

・Leslie Kee, Photographer (the Chair)
・Akira Ono, Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun 
・Hiroaki Mizushima, Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University
・Kaoru Nemoto, Director, the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo

UNIC Tokyo, Sophia University

*Special Cooperation:
Getty Images Japan, Nikon Corporation, Nikon Imaging Japan Inc.

*Endorsed by:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Global Compact Network Japan (GC-NJ), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs

*Cooperating Partners:
SIGMA Corporation, Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd

*Media Partner:
The Asahi Shimbun

*Prize Money and Goods:
Presented by organisers, special cooperating partner, and other cooperating partners (Details will be available on the official contest website)   
Limited to those who will be available to receive the prize in Japan only.