CGAP Annual Photo and Video Contest. Africa has become a center for financial novelty, and is also the home to M-Pesa, the mobile money service that was launched about a decade ago. M – Pesa, has revolutionize digital financial services and has also helped in lifting thousands of families from penury. Africa also has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, and many also lack the financial tools that could improve their standard of living.

For its 13th edition, CGAP is looking for short videos and striking photographs that explains how financial services create opportunities for poor people and communities in Africa and enable them to build sustainable source of livelihoods.

Panel of judges filled with expertise, will give prizes for vivid and memorable effort that shows why financial insertion matters.



The 2018 edition of the annual CGAP Photo Contest is open to all photographers and videographers who are at least 18 years of age. The operational team of CGAP, the World Bank Group, and their immediate families are excluded from partaking in the competition.


We are looking out for originality in striking images and video stories showing the effect of microfinance and financial inclusion for the poor people and communities of Africa. Images and stories may reflect a variety of products and services, people and institutions, and may also reflect social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We are also seeking entries from both urban and rural settings and people from all walks of life.


Each applicant can submit Up to 20 photographs and/or videos. Entries into the competition may be entered by uploading digital files. The maximum file size for photos is 20 megabytes (MB), and for videos 300 (megabyte) MB. Each photo or video submitted must be followed by:

  • A CAPTION: a short describing the activities or situation depicted

– THE DATE: the image was taken, also with its location
– THE NAME: of the person(s) shown with their permission to use

See below for example

Entries Format

CGAP expects that the photographer is guided by the widely recognized standards and ethics for developmental photography and obtains informed consent whenever required from any subjects photographed. Entries submitted MUST:

  • Be the original work of the entrant and must have been shot in the last two years
  • Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.
  • Also respect the rights, sensitivities, and culture of communities and/or persons depicted, including the subject’s right to consent to being photographed.
  • Fairly represent the situation, subject’s identity and physical location of the image, without any alteration other than standard photographic techniques for optimizing which includes removal of dust, cropping, and adjustments to color and contrast, etc.



 All entries must be submitted by 23:59 GMT/18:59 US EST on or before the 14th of Dec, 2018.


NB: Voting for the People’s Choice Award commences at 24:00 GMT/19:00 EST on the 14th of Dec, 2018 and ends by 23:59 GMT/ 18:59 EST on the 21st of Dec, 2018.


Digital images or scans of prints can also be uploaded. Original files of camera-made digital photos MUST not exceed 20 megabyte (MB), and video files 300 (megabyte) MB. CGAP will not be held responsible for the lost, damaged, late or misdirected entries, or for faulty uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention, or technical malfunctions of any entry.


Judges will include professional photographers, videographers and also photo editors. Entries will be judged based on subject matter relevance, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and outstanding artistry. The story behind the photo or video may influence the judges’ decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final.


All entries may be used by CGAP in printed publications, on any CGAP web asset, CGAP event, in a CGAP slideshow, or in any other CGAP-produced media including social media. CGAP may copy and display photographs and videos in any country, provided that all uses are accompanied by appropriate attribution to the photographer or videographer. CGAP also hold the right to verify, in its sole judgment, the winners’ eligibility. A selection of winning photos and videos may be featured on CGAP’s websites – and – and in exhibitions at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and other prestigious venues.


By entering the contest, contestants must have agreed to the Legal Conditions. Entry of photographs into the Contest implies acceptance of these conditions, regardless of whether entrants sign a statement confirming acceptance.

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