Join UNESCO’s photo and video contest “If I were…” !

UNESCO SHS-Youth has launched the UNESCO’s photo and video Global Youth contest “If I were…” . Read the document below to know more and

The 10 winners will get:    

  • 1 mini iPad
  • 1 invitation to the “Second International Conference on Youth volunteering and dialogue: Preventing violent extremism and strengthening social inclusion” at UNESCO, in Paris, 12-14 April 2017 (travel and accommodation paid by UNESCO)
  • An international recognition and exposure of your work on UNESCO’s website

Win the contest and receive your award on stage during the exceptional prize-giving ceremony of the Conference.


If you were someone else … what would your life be like? Have you ever imagined stepping into someone else’s shoes? What if that person was living next door? How would you feel? UNESCO’s photo and video contest for youth “If I were…” invites you to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes through a powerful video clip or photo. The idea is to illustrate your feelings if you were this person, change your perspectives and express yourself differently. Develop your ability to empathize and leave behind your prejudices!

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You may choose somebody you know or somebody you have fictionalized. It can be anyone from your prime minister to the baker next door. Once you have identified or invented your character, we invite you to conduct some research to understand his or her background and situation. Use your creativity, empathy and flexibility, to illustrate how you would feel in his or her situation through a powerful photo or video (maximum 1 minute). The narrative, if any, should be in English, French, Spanish or Arabic.

If you are between 21 and 30 years old, then you are eligible to participate. To do so, please check the terms and conditions and fill in this form.

Deadline for submission: 12 March 2017.

Contest winners

Ten winners will be selected. They will receive a mini iPad and be invited to present their photo or video at a prize-giving ceremony during the “Second International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue: preventing violent extremism and strengthening social inclusion”, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, from 12 to 14 April 2017. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the organizers.

Why is UNESCO launching this contest?

UNESCO aspires to equip young people with abilities that are indispensable in today’s diverse and dynamic world. These “intercultural competencies” are fundamental acquisitions for living together regardless of our social, economic or cultural differences. The “If I were…” contest intends to encourage young people to imagine new realities and new perspectives, and to leave behind stereotypes and prejudices.

The contest is organized in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue through the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue. This Programme is being implemented in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), adopted by the UN General Assembly, and led by UNESCO across the world through development projects, training, partnerships, gatherings and events. Through this International Decade, UNESCO seeks to promote the wealth of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and related competencies.


Don’t forget that your photo or video must comply with the international copyrights and authors’ regulations that UNESCO promotes. If you are selected, you will be asked to complete and sign a permission rights form, allowing UNESCO to use your material. UNESCO will only use your material for non-commercial purposes. The authors will be credited.

UNESCO reserves the right to modify the contest prizes and its rules and regulations as and when necessary, without prior notice.

To participate in the contest, the participant must own the rights of the content he/she is submitting.


Contact: youth-conference(at)



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