Chance to win USD1,000 in photo contest

Azlan Othman

Local shutterbugs are invited to participate in capturing striking images of agricultural innovation in Southeast Asia for the annual Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) photo contest.

The 14th SEARCA photo contest is open to citizens of Brunei Darussalam and other ASEAN member states. Themed ‘Faces of Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN)’, the contest seeks images across Southeast Asia showcasing people actively involved, contributing to, working towards, or benefitting from the following ATTAIN sub-themes.

There are; agri-business models for increased productivity and income; sustainable farming systems and natural resource management (NRM); food and nutrition security; transformational leadership in agriculture and rural development (ARD); gender and youth engagement in ARD; enhanced ARD towards climate resilience and ecohealth/one health Applications to ARD.

All entries must be submitted via the 14th SEARCA Photo Contest (2020) online submission portal at during the contest period (September 1 to November 30).

Each contestant can submit unlimited number of entries that meet contest specifications.
To minimise cases of plagiarism, contestants will be asked during the submission process to certify that they own the photographs submitted and that they grant SEARCA full permission to use it in knowledge packaging, sharing, and advocacy related to SEARCA mandate.

SEARCA shall ensure that the photographer will be properly credited for photos used, especially in mass-produced print publications.

The photographs must be original, have not won any previous photo contests, have not been published elsewhere (whether print or electronic), and have not been submitted as entries to any other photo contests during the contest period.

Entries must be digital, coloured, in JPEG format, and at least 3,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image, or 3,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 300 dpi. Each entry should have the following details in English: name of photographer and country of origin; photo caption/description; place where the photo was taken (include town/municipality, province/state, and country); complete date taken; equipment/type of camera used; and other information that SEARCA may deem necessary to collect for reference purposes.

The first prize winner will receive USD1,000, while the second and third winners will get USD800 and USD500. A People’s Choice Award winner will receive USD200, and winners of the Department of Education Secretary’s Choice and the SEARCA Director’s Choice will receive USD500 each.