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Does Your Teenage Cousin Take Epic Climate Change Photos?

Photo: ndoeljindoel / Shutterstock.com
Photo: ndoeljindoel / Shutterstock.com

If you’re aged 7 to 18 and savvy with camera – or know someone who is – then make sure you don’t miss this competition.

The contest is supported by the  UN and aimed at showing climate change through the lens of the world’s younger generation.

Addressing Climate Change: In Focus is a global competition created by photographer Henry Dallal and endorsed by the Secretariat of the UNFCCC. The competition aims to raise awareness of climate change issues whilst giving young people a voice that will be heard by world leaders.

The Best Photographs go to Marrakesh

The best photographs will be exhibited in Marrakesh at COP22, the UN climate change conference later this year. Categories for the competition include Animals, Landscape, People, Solutions and Water.

Photographer Henry Dallal and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at NASDAQ Opening Bell on 25 September 2015
Photographer Henry Dallal and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at NASDAQ stock exchange Opening Bell on 25 September 2015

“Photography and art can play a key role in visually highlighting the impacts of climate change and the many possibilities of effective climate action,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Dallal, founder of the Addressing Climate Change Project, said “Young people are critical in this global effort to address climate change.”

“Having photographed the UN Climate Change conferences for many years, I became inspired to create a global competition involving the younger generation, our future climate custodians, at a grassroots level,” he said.

The deadline is 29 July 2016, so you’ve got plenty of time to snap some pictures. Don’t worry if you don’t have any fancy equipment, mobile phone cameras are still great at capturing powerful images.

If you think you’ve got a winning photo then check out the Addressing Climate Change website for details on how to apply.

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