"Wetlands help us cope with extreme weather events"


To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2017 and theme "Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction" the Ramsar Convention Secretariat is organizing a Wetlands Youth Photo Contest open to 18-25 year olds.  All images submitted for the photo contest will be used at the discretion of the Convention in outreach products for the purpose of educating, raising awareness as well as promoting the wise use of wetlands in the regions around the world where the Ramsar Convention is active. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 28 rue Mauverney in 1196 Gland, Switzerland (the "sponsor") launches the competition on 2 February 2017 until 2 March 2017 12.00 Midnight CET. Information on how to enter and win the prize forms part of these Official Rules.

By submitting an entry (as defined below), each photographer (the "Photographer(s)") accepts the Official Rules and warrants that his/her entry complies with all requirements set out hereunder.


The contest is open to youth (18 to 25 years) and photographs must be uploaded onto the World Wetlands Day Website link :


3.1. Each entry consists of:

i. an online Entry Form duly filled and submitted; and

ii. one or more photographs (there is limit of three photographs per person);

hereafter the "Entry(ies)".

3.2. To enter the Contest, visit The Photographer shall complete the Entry Form with the required information, and submit it along with his/her photograph(s) in accordance with the instructions that follow.

3.3. Participation in this Contest is free of charge for the Photographer(s).

3.4. Each Entry must comply with all of the following requirements:

i. The photograph(s) must be of any type of wetland that helps us cope with extreme weather events. The photograph(s) can relate to or illustrate wetland use, conservation and sustainable use.

ii. The photograph(s) must be in digital format. Only photographs submitted online will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest.

iii. All digital files must be in JPEG or JPG format, and with a maximum size of 5MB.

iv. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Photographer. By entering the Contest, the Photographer represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph(s) is/are an original work created solely by the Photographer, that the Photographer has all rights over the photograph(s) and that the photograph(s) does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph(s). The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

v. By entering the Contest, the Photographer thereby agrees to abide by the Official Rules and grants the Ramsar Convention Secretariat the right to include the submitted photograph(s) in the Ramsar Photo Database.

3.5. The photograph(s) will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. All Entries must be submitted and received by 2 March 2017 at 12.00 Midnight CET



The Ramsar Convention Secretariat will set up a panel to judge the photo entries and select the winning photo.

5.1. The criteria for the contest are:

1) Public votes 25%; (2) Technical quality 25%; (3) Artistic quality 25%; (4) Illustration of photo contest theme 25%.

5.2. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding and no challenge or appeal of their decision by any Photographer shall be allowed.


6.1. Winners' name will be posted on the Ramsar Convention website ( and they will be sent a notification informing them that they have won the main prize.


7.1. Copyright remains with the Photographer. However, by entering the Contest, the Photographer grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat the right to include his/her photograph(s) in the Ramsar Photo Database. The Ramsar Photo Database is a central pool of royalty-free photographs and illustrations, to be used on a royalty-free basis by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat in hard copy, electronic or other medium and for non commercial purposes. The Photographer hereby grants to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to copy, distribute or otherwise use the photograph(s) in the context of Ramsar Convention's statutory mission and objectives for purposes including but not limited to the Ramsar Convention website and internal network system, projections, PowerPoint presentations, publications (periodicals, reports, newsletters, catalogues in hard copy or electronic media) and for press releases, featured articles and fact sheets, but not for private or commercial purposes.


8.1. By entering this Contest, all Photographers agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and its members, partners, subcontractors, employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of (1) their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities (2) the acceptance, use, misuse and/or possession of any prize awarded hereunder and (3) the Ramsar Convention Secretariat's use of the photograph(s).

8.2. The Ramsar Convention shall bear no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft, alteration or destruction of, or unauthorized access to Contest Entries or Entry Forms. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat shall not be responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any emailed Entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to the Photographer's or any third party's computers related to or resulting from participation in, uploading or downloading photograph(s) or other materials related to this Contest.


9.1. This Contest is void where prohibited by applicable law.

9.2. Entries shall be void if the Ramsar Convention Secretariat determines that the photograph(s) is/are not an original, or if the Entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any Entry and to disqualify any Photographer who submits an Entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who fails to comply strictly with the Entry process. Failure by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat to enforce any of these or other rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

9.3. If the Photographer wins the Contest, then the Ramsar Convention Secretariat may use the winner's name and photograph(s) in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval by the Photographer (except where prohibited by law).


10.1. If, for any reason, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat determines that the Contest cannot be run as planned, for any reasons including but not limited to any cause beyond the control of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat that may adversely affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Photographer(s) who fail(s) to comply strictly with the Entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If the Ramsar Convention Secretariat elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs which shall be destroyed.


11.1. Photographer(s) agree(s) that personal data, including but not limited to, name and date of birth, may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes of and in connection with the Contest as outlined in these Official Rules. Personal data will be used by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat solely for the purposes stated herein.


12.1. These Official Rules shall be interpreted and applied in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. Any and all disputes that may arise under or in connection with those Official Rules, which have not been amicably settled, shall be finally settled in arbitration in accordance with the International Arbitration Rules of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The arbitration shall be conducted in Geneva, Switzerland, in the English language, and the award shall be final and binding on the parties.