How the Adaptation Fund AF Photo Contest helps Jamaica’s Coastal Resources

“The contest is aimed at involving all Adaptation Fund stakeholders, countries and projects, implementing entities, project staff and beneficiaries, executing entities, governments, non-governmental organisations and the general public to raise awareness of Climate Change issues affecting vital resources around the globe and the importance of developing adaptation solutions”

Press Release from Adaptation Fund announcing their AF Photo Contest on Friday April 22 2016

Photography buffs, more competitions are coming this summer of 2016.

The Adaptation Fund had launched an AF Photo Contest on Friday April 22nd 2016. This day was recognized the world over as Earth Day; 2016 saw the first ever successful ratification of a Climate Change accord, the Paris Agreement. Thus it would seem fitting that a global competition seems is needed to spread the idea of international co-operation on Climate Change.


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Rules for the competition can be found on their website

So, how do you enter?

AF Photo Contest – COP22 in Morocco in November 2016 the ultimate prize

The theme for the Photo competition is quite straightforward; Adapting Coasts and Watersheds. Submissions must depict the effects of Climate Change on coasts and inland watersheds, as well as how Jamaica is adapting to these effects using the following criteria:

Relevance to the specific theme and AF’s mission of helping vulnerable communities adapt to:

  • Climate Change
  • Visual Impact
  • Originality
  • Informational Value / Raising Awareness to Importance of Adaptation

Photos are to be sent to by Friday June 3rd, 2016 with the email heading, ‘AF Photo Contest’ with the photographer having to conform to the following rules:

  • Format: jpg
  • Resolution 300 dpi (lower resolution photo may be submitted, but the participant must have the high resolution version available)
  • The participant may submit several photos and are not limited to one
  • The participant must maintain the full rights to the submitted material

The submission must include the photographer’s name and title, title of the photo, and a caption, describing what is taking place, when and where and, if relevant, who the people are. AF has rights to use the photos in digital form to upload on its social media channels as well as exhibit the submitted photos in its events.

Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges composed of Climate Change experts with country field expertise, namely:

  • Fazal Issa (CCForum Tanzania / Adaptation Fund NGO Network)
  • Christian Rossi (AF’s adaptation project in Honduras)
  • Hugo Remaury (Adaptation Fund, Climate Change Specialist)
  • Elizabeth B. George (Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat)

The top 3-5 winners will also receive Adaptation Fund logo products. The winning photos will be displayed at the fund’s Global Climate Readiness Seminar in Washington, DC, from July 13-14, 2016 with the winner receiving their photo framed.

Photo submissions will be posted in the fund’s Facebook page photo album dedicated to the contest for all to see, like and comment. Top photos selected by the Panel and people’s votes will be exhibited at the World Bank in Washington, DC, in June. Some of these photos will also be selected for the Adaptation Fund’s photo exhibit at COP22 in Morocco in November 2016.

Adaptation Fund AF Photo Contest – Documenting Jamaica’s coastal resources before they are gone

Jamaica currently benefits from some JA$10 million in donations from the Adaptation Fund, as the island is vulnerable to Climate Change.

The threat is quire real according to the Adaptation Fund website’s Press Release, quote: “Inland watersheds are equally endangered by Climate Change-related droughts, floods and extreme rainfall variability, as well as damage to natural protective ecosystems like degraded forests, wetlands, grasslands and river pollution from runoff or contamination”.

The stats are indeed troubling and bring home the point quite clearly:

  • 50% of the world’s population living within 60km of the ocean
  • 75% of all large cities located by the sea

Jamaica is dependent on our coastal resources in the following ways:

  • Fishing
  • Natural resources
  • Trade
  • Tourism
  • Boating
  • Recreation

These coastal resources are increasing under threat from Climate Change in the following ways:

  • Rising sea level
  • Storm intensification
  • Flooding
  • Erosion
  • Rising water temperature
  • Species migration
  • Pollution

This money goes towards enhancing urban and rural watershed resources via:

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Forest protection
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Water harvesting
  • Drip-irrigation agriculture
  • Landslide control

Sea walls, salt barriers, restoration of mangroves and other Coastal-zone management projects help sustain the ecosystem and community livelihoods over the long term. Still, Jamaica Climate Change losses are inevitable. The Adaptation Fund’s AF Photo Contest, can help to document the gradual demise and progress being made in the protection of Jamaica’s coastal resources for the entire world to see.

Here’s the link:

Adaptation Fund

Adaptation Fund’s AF Photo Contest

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