WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The annual CGAP Photo Contest, which aims to highlight stand-out photography from amateurs and professionals around the world depicting financial inclusion, is now open for entries.
Submit your entries to the 2014 CGAP Photo Contest online at CGAP.org before October 8, 2014.
CGAP is looking for photos that illustrate the remarkable ways access to a variety of financial services, such as savings, insurance, payments, and credit, can help poor people manage their complex financial situations. Mobile financial services are one tool millions of poor people use to enhance their lives, but they are not the only option. Community-based savings groups, small enterprises, and microfinance are other examples of financial inclusion in action. Submissions to the CGAP Photo Contest may represent a range of products, institutions, and approaches, and may touch on a broad variety of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. Entries are welcomed from all regions, in both rural and urban settings.
Past winners have included stunning and creative images that have been shared with organizations working in financial inclusion and global media. The 2013 contest was the most competitive to date, with 3,890 entries from over 90 countries. Last year's winning photos received excellent exposure globally and were featured in the online galleries by BBC Mundo, BBC Vietnam, Huffington Post, and Business Insider to name a few.
Many prizes will be issued in 2014, including a first, second, and third prize, as well as a People's Choice winner determined by popular vote.
Help us show the world, through photography, how financial inclusion can improve the lives of the poor by submitting your photos and sharing this announcement with your networks. Submit your photos today and share the contest announcement with your networks.
CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives. More at www.cgap.org.
Erin M. Scronce