Deadline: 12 August 2022

Digital transformation is accelerating around the world where we live, work, learn and play. Yet, 2.9 billion people around the world are still not connected to the benefits of the Internet.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN’s specialized agency for information and communication technology, is calling for your photos telling the story of “Technology for good” in the categories Gender, Youth and Green.


As our lives become increasingly connected, the proliferation of devices contributes to the world’s rising carbon emissions. It also adds to e-waste – the alarming surge of discarded electrical and electronic equipment such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors, and TVs. At the same time, however, Information and communication technologies (ICTs) must be part of the solution to slash carbon emissions across all sectors of the global economy.


The transformational potential of Internet access and use is not equally distributed. Women and girls form the majority of the estimated 2.9 billion people who are still unconnected in today’s world. The UN Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without closing the digital gender gap.


Today’s world is home to around 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 – the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 per cent of them are living in developing countries. Young people are the leaders, the creators and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. How technology can support youth to create a better future?


Photos should illustrate how information and communications technologies are created and/or used by a diverse range of people around the world and how they transform economies and societies.

The ITU Photo Competition is open to photographers 18 years or older as well as corporate entities (such as United Nations Information Centres, Peacekeeping operations, Resident Coordinator Offices). You will find guidelines here, and terms and conditions here. Be it professional cameras, smartphones or drones – all devices are allowed!

Please submit your entry by 12 August 2022.

Each of the 9 winners (3 in each category) will receive a prize equivalent to CHF 500; their work will be presented to 2,500 decision-makers and influencers uniting in Bucharest, Romania, from 26 September to 14 October, to shape digital transformation in 193 ITU Member States for the next 4 years.

For any questions you may have on the competition, please write to [email protected]


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