SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 - Call for Applications!!

16 May 2017

SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 - Call for Applications!!

UNIC Tokyo will be organizing the Student Photo Contest along with Sophia University and also special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.

Following the success of last year’s contest, which amassed a total of 624 entries from 47 countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Brazil, UNIC is running the photo contest once again to promote awareness of SDGs among students worldwide; we are encouraging participants to choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests them most, and express what it means to them through a photograph.

This year, we have added new awards such as the TOGETHER Award and the Concept Award.


Deadline:  Wednesday 30 August 2017

[ Announcement of Results & Awards Ceremony: 24 October 2017/UN Day ]


Qualifications: College and undergraduate students, graduate students, vocational school students (Applicants can be of any nationality)


Awards (subject to change depending on content and number of applications):     

・Grand Prize (Foreign Minister’s Award) 1 Prize

・Award of Excellence                   3 Prize

・Special Award (TOGETHER Award)    1 Prize

・Special Award (Concept Award)         1 Prize

・Award of Recognition 



Leslie Kee, Photographer

Akira Ono, Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun


Hiroaki Mizushima, Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University

Mark Garten, Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, DPI


Judging Panel for the TOGETHER Award:

Representatives from the ILO, IOM, UNHCR, UNIC Tokyo, UNICEF and UNU


Judge for the Concept Award:

Getty Images Japan


Prize Money and Goods: presented by organisers, special cooperating partner, other cooperating partners


SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 (Official Site):


UNIC Tokyo - SDGs Student Photo Contest 2017 Press Release:


Organisers: UNIC Tokyo, Sophia University


Special Cooperation: Getty Images Japan


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


Cooperating Partners: Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., Nikon Corporation, SIGMA Corporation


Media Partner: The Asahi Shimbun


For further queries, please contact Ms. Yasuko Senoo (

Or Tel: +81-3-5467-4451