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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads - International Photo Contest 2024

Call for applications!

Embark on a visual journey through the lens of youth with the UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest 2024. This year's edition is inviting photographers from across the globe to capture the vibrant tapestry of life along the ancient trade routes that once connected the East and West. With a focus on “Life Celebrations”, the contest celebrates the rich cultural heritage and shared history of the Silk Roads, offering a platform for young talent to shine and share their unique perspectives. Whether it’s the joyous revelry of a traditional festival or the quiet moments of daily life, the contest seeks to illuminate the diverse ways in which communities along the Silk Roads honor their customs and traditions.

In this article we dive deep into the UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest 2024.



The theme for the 2024 edition is “Life Celebrations”, inviting participants to capture the essence of cultural celebrations along the historic Silk Roads.

To give you an idea about this year's theme, UNESCO suggests the following fields through which your pictures can originate from:

  • Birth and Naming ceremonies.

  • Baptisms

  • Anniversaries

  • Rites of Passage

  • Engagement Ceremonies and Weddings

  • Transition of the seasons (Spring or Autumn Festivals, Nowruz, etc.)

  • Religious Observances and Celebrations

  • Traditional Funeral services

➢ To learn more about UNESCO's International photo contest themes for 2024, visit this page.


Eligibility and Categories

Young people around the world, aged 14 to 25 years old, are eligible to participate.

There will be two categories:

  • 14 to17 Years old

  • 18 to 25 Years old


To participate, minors must provide written permission from their legal guardian(s). Use below template to write the consent letter from your guardian.

"I, the undersigned Mr/Ms “full name” legal representative of “full name”, authorize him/her to participate in the photography contest "Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads" which runs from 2 May to 14 July 2024. I read and agreed with the terms of rules

Signed "City", the "Date" Signature

No minors’ participation will be accepted by the Organization without their written permission.



  1. First place winners will receive a professional camera.

  2. Second place winners will receive a semi- professional camera.

  3. Third place winners will receive a standard- model digital camera


Submission procedure

• Interested photographers are invited to submit maximum of 20 photographs through this online portal.

• Don't forget to read the competition Rules as well as Theme

Submission Deadline: 14 July 2024

The announcement of this photography contest will be made on the Organizer’s websites (in particular on: ( )and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), as well as on its partners’ websites and social media.





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