SEARCA holds photo contest on restoring agri-ecosystems for climate resilience

Photographers from Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, are invited to join the 17th Photo Contest being initiated by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) with the theme "Regenerating agri-ecosystems, lowering global boiling."

SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio said the competition draws inspiration from United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who declared: "We are past the era of global warming, and we are now experiencing global boiling." This declaration on July 21 strongly underscores the gravity of the climate crisis, Gregorio said.

Gregorio elaborated: "'Global boiling' serves as a metaphorical depiction of the escalating climate crisis, and it resonates with SEARCA's pivotal mission to confront the urgent challenge of climate change and its effects on agriculture."

He said SEARCA is on the lookout for photos showcasing agricultural technologies and practices that combat climate change and alleviate the strain on natural resources.

"These images may feature farming methods that support recycling, waste reduction, and a minimal carbon footprint. Moreover, they could highlight sustainable approaches promoting water conservation, soil enhancement, reduced postharvest losses or the use of renewable energy," Gregorio explained.

SEARCA encourages submissions that capture farmers, farming families, researchers, inventors, students and youth actively engaging with these technologies and practices in the field.

The photographic subjects may include a wide range of agricultural activities, including crop cultivation, livestock management, and fisheries.

The competition is open to both seasoned and amateur photographers, who may submit an unlimited number of photo entries as long as they comply with the specified contest guidelines.

All photo submissions must be original, unaltered, unpublished in any prior competition, and free from digital enhancements.

"We invite passionate photographers to take this chance to demonstrate the potency of visual storytelling in tackling the worldwide issue of climate change," Gregorio said.

The winners with receive cash rewards of $1,000 for the first prize, $800 for the second prize, and $500 for the third prize.

Moreover, special prizes include the SEARCA Director's Choice and the Philippine Department of Education Secretary's Choice, with each receiving $500.

The winner of the People's Choice Award, determined through Facebook voting, will receive $400.

All submissions must be uploaded to the SEARCA Photo Contest website by November 30, 2023.