Re-imagining a Brighter Future: Inspiring climate action through the lens

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26th July, 2018 – Eco-Business, in partnership with leading global agri-business Olam International, are on the hunt for powerful images that can inspire positive action on climate change.

Together, we have launched ‘Re-imagining a Brighter Future’, a photo challenge to capture the innovative solutions that can help us reduce climate change or help people cope with its consequences.

We are inviting you, our community, to participate.

All around us, the signs that the world is already feeling the effects of climate change are all too visible. In Asia alone, severe heatwaves hit much of the region last year and water levels in reservoirs across Southeast Asia have recently plummeted due to prolonged dry spells.

For many of us, the debate on climate change conjures up those distressing yet iconic images of stranded polar bears, bleached coral and smog-encased cities. Photographers have played a huge role in bringing climate change into the here and now.

What we’re not seeing, however, are the equally powerful images depicting the solutions to these devastating effects which — if climate change remains unchecked — will become irreversible.

Through this challenge, we want to shine a light on the solutions out there to drive wider adoption. Even seemingly mundane solutions like solar-panels, electric cars or plant-based bottles have the potential to be re-imagined through photography to become striking and memorable images that stick and make people act.

We are looking for these images that will elicit a desire to challenge the status quo, to re-imagine one’s own role in the solution, and ultimately inspire action that can turn the tide on climate change.

Submissions can touch on any sector or aspect of people’s lives, including housing, energy, transportation or consumption.

The competition has three categories:

  • Open Category: This is open to anyone regardless of age and professional skills.
  • Youth Category: This category is for those aged 25 and under.
  • Olam International Category: This is open to employees of Olam International.

The winner of the open category will be rewarded with a five-day hosted trip to either Africa or Asia to visit Olam’s climate-smart agricultural programmes and meet smallholder farmers.

The winner of the Youth Category will receive a GoPro Hero 6.

Judging the winning photos will be:

  • National Geographic 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year, Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan
  • Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam International
  • Eco-Business managing editor Jessica Cheam

Share your best work with us by emailing it to [] with Re-imagining a Brighter Future in the subject line.

This photo competition is part of Eco-Business’s larger Changing Course campaign on climate action.

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Terms and Conditions

Competition Guidelines

  • The ‘Re-imagining a Brighter Future’ photo challenge is open to anyone regardless of age, background or experience levels.
  • Participants may only submit one photograph.
  • Participants who wish to enter should follow these steps:
    • Send your photo via email to [] with ‘Re-imagining a Brighter Future’ in the subject line.
    • Include a short title of no more than 10 words and a caption of no more than 50 words in your email. Your caption should tell the story of your picture, such as the location it was taken, why the situation needs re-imagining, how it is being re-imagined and what the expected impact is. Please also state your name, age, job title and organisation.
    • Ensure that your photo adheres to the following specifications:
      • Photo must be submitted as a .jpeg file.
      • The file size of the photo must not exceed 1MB.
      • If you are selected, you will be requested to send us a high-resolution photo of your image.
    • Participants aged 25 and under who wish to enter the Youth Category should put ‘Re-imagining a Brighter Future Youth Category’ in the subject line. Kindly note that shortlisted candidates will be required to prove their age.
    • Employees of Olam who wish to enter the Olam International Category should put ‘Re-imagining a Brighter Future Olam International Category’ in the subject line.
    • The closing date for the contest is 11:59 p.m. SGT on 15thSeptember 2018. Entries submitted after this deadline will not be entertained.
    • Please note that the judges’ decision is final, and correspondence after the decision will not be entertained.
    • Each entry must be the original work of the participant and must not contain any trademarks or copyrighted material, owed whole or in part by a third party or violate any persons’ rights of privacy.
    • Eco-Business reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who Eco-Business has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions.

Intellectual Property and Trademarks

  • All content on the site, including but not limited to text, photographs and other forms of media remain the property of Eco-Business and should not be used without prior formal written authorization.
  • Entrants to our photo challenge retain full ownership of the copyright in each entry. Please note, however, that Eco-Business may publish any material you submit, with appropriate credit, at its sole discretion.

Exclusions of liability

  • By participating in this contest, in the event that your submissions infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, you agree to fully indemnify Eco-Business of all relevant damages.

Privacy Practices

  • Email addresses collected during the process of this competition may be used by Eco-Business to send out Eco-Business communications. All material sent will contain clearly visible links to manage your subscription preferences or unsubscribe.
  • Please be assured that Eco-Business does not sell or share any contact information it gathers with any third parties whatsoever.
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