Entry Guidelines

January 19, 2017


The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) announced the launch of a photo contest to inspire creative Pacific citizens to hone their camera skills and capture striking images that reflect the theme ‘Growing Financial Inclusion’.

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers from countries where PFIP programmes operate: Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. The contest provides the public an opportunity to communicate visually and relate their experiences regarding the economic, developmental, and technological challenges facing their countries. The contest intends to build awareness and understanding of financial inclusion for various sectors of the community.

Mark Flaming, PFIP’s Manager stated “PFIP works in the area of financial inclusion in the Pacific because we firmly believe that access to appropriate financial services is a first step for low-income and disadvantaged groups to improve their quality of life. This photo contest is an excellent opportunity for us to better understand the human connection of what Pacific Islanders feel is important on the topic of financial inclusion in an increasingly interconnected world. We encourage people to engage with the theme and interpret it creatively.

Without access to safe and affordable financial services that meet their daily needs, many low-income households in the Pacific have difficulty managing their money and making investments.  Effective tools for saving, sending, and borrowing money and mitigating financial risks can help people weather setbacks and achieve greater financial stability over the long term.

By entering the competition, photographers have the opportunity to win great cash prizes and the privilege of gaining exposure for their photos by being featured on PFIP’s website and communications material.

Those interested in entering can visit PFIP’s website to register: www.pfip.org/newsroom/pfip-photo-contest/

The Contest opens on Saturday 21st January 2017 and closes on 28th February 2017.  Winners will be announced on 15th March 2017.


What are we looking for:

We are looking for original, striking images that capture the importance of microfinance and financial inclusion efforts in Fiji, Papua New Guinea Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.  We suggest that you visit https://cgap.exposure.co/2016-cgap-photo-contest for examples of the kind of images that we seek.


Who can enter:

  • The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of any age from around the world as long as the images feature the 6  countries where PFIP prorgamme are present.
  • Minor entrants (below the age of 16) must also submit written parental consent to enter
  • Immediate family members of PFIP staff are excluded from participating


Rules of entry:

  • Entrants are required to download Entry Form and submit the completed form with their image.
  •  All submitted images must be email to pfip@uncdf.org
  • Submitted photographs must be the original work of the entrant
  • Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief description of how the photo relates to the theme and details of where the picture was taken
  • Photographs must not infringe on the rights of others and must be respectful to sensitive or cultural matters or persons depicted
  • Any image featuring minors (under 16 years) must be accompanied by a completed PFIP AV release form
  • Entrants can submit up to 5 images – see photo requirements
  • All entries may be used by PFIP in printed and online communications materials. PFIP reserves the right to reprint, use, name, distribute and publish with appropriate credit to the photographer.
  • By entering this competition, entrants understand that PFIP holds copyright to the images submitted
  • Winning entries will be showcased on PFIP’s website and may also be displayed at a photo exhibition (winner will be notified).
  • Entrants

Photograph requirements

  • Images submitted must feature Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
  • Images must be clear high resolution
  • Images (JPEG) over 5mb should be sent via drop box, google drive or any other large file transferring site. Emails must not exceed 10MB in size.


1st Prize – USD $500

2nd Prize USD $300

3rd Prize USD $150



 All entries must be submitted by 28 February 2017.
Winners will be announced in 15th March 2017


Forms to download:

                 Entry Form                                                     PFIP AV Image Release

Entry Form                        PFIP AV release form

For questions regarding the PFIP Photography Contest, please contact:
Erica Lee, Communications Associate – erica.lee@undp.org