The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an effective mechanism to elevate global development and prosperity. It 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 – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The SDGs are not only the responsibility of public- and private sectors, but also the responsibility of the academia, research institutions, youth and the global society across the globe.
The question, however, remains whether a photograph can change the world. We believe it can, as promoting awareness about a better world through a photograph can inspire change. 
The categories are People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships 

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. 
SDGs related to People are: 
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. 
SDGs related to Prosperity are: 
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.  
SDGs related to Planet are:
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. 
The SDG related to Peace:
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.
The SDG related to Partnerships:
 SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals



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