MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: 2016 CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) Photo Contest Accepting Entries Through September 7, 2016

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based, nonprofit policy and research center that aims to facilitate the expansion of financial access, is seeking original photographs for its annual competition, which aims to highlight the positive effects of microfinance internationally.

This year, the contest is focusing on themes of mobile money; innovations in digital finance; economic empowerment of female entrepreneurs; resilience against extreme poverty, natural disasters, or conflict; and small businesses. The deadline is September 7, 2016. Up to 20 entries may be submitted per person.

The prizes for the winning entries are gift certificates for photography equipment valued at USD 2,000 for first place, USD 500 for second place, USD 250 for third place, USD 250 for the winner of the “People’s Choice” award, USD 200 for each of the regional winners and four “Special Mentions”, and USD 100 for five to eight finalists. The photographs of the first place winner will be displayed at Times Square, New York.

Submissions must be uploaded online before midnight eastern US time on September 7, 2016 with the form located at https://photocontest.cgap.org/users/login.

Inquiries about the contest can be directed to Michael Rizzo, CGAP Digital Media Coordinator, at mrizzo1[at]worldbank.org or by telephone at +1 202 473 9594.

By Petra Barbu

About CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a US-based nonprofit policy and research center dedicated to increasing financial access worldwide. It is supported by approximately 40 development agencies and private foundations in its mission to provide market intelligence, promote standards and offer advisory services to governments, microfinance providers, donors and investors. As of June 2015, CGAP reported donor contributions totalling USD 24 million and total operating expenses of USD 24 million. CGAP is co-located with the offices of the World Bank Group in Washington DC.

Sources and Additional Resources

[1] https://photocontest.cgap.org/cgap

[2] MicroCapital Universe: CGAP

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