Human Creativity: Our Greatest Resource

A World Youth Alliance Photo Contest


The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is pleased to announce a Photo Contest based on the theme Human Creativity: Our Greatest Resource’. This contest recognizes the use of photography in conveying a message in a way that words can’t possibly do. The competition is open to all young people aged 15 to 30 regardless of residence or citizenship.

WYA declaration on sustainable development says ‘Our greatest resource is the tremendous potential of the human person. We believe that the person has the capacity to develop the knowledge, skills, and creativity to achieve economic development’.

WYA declaration on Population and Economics adds ‘the potential of the human person to generate wealth using knowledge, skills and creativity is unique and reflects an aspect of human dignity’.

We are looking for photos which convey the unique capacity of human creativity to respond to the needs of our changing world. The photo may be taken anywhere in the world and does not have to show technological or complex scientific achievement. The photo should answer the simple question: How do humans use creativity as a resource for survival, development, and progress? For example, this creativity could happen in a Nairobi slum, in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, or in a Boston laboratory.

How to Submit
Submitting your photo is an easy process! Just fill out this form, upload your photo(s) and press Submit. –You can upload up to 2 photos maximum.

Rules for Winning
This is a Facebook-based contest. Winners will be determined by the number of Facebook likes they receive. Photos meeting WYA’s selection criteria will be posted on the WYA Facebook page for votes (Facebook likes) from October 14, 2012 until October 31, 2012 at 5pm EST. The winner and two runners-up will be announced on November 01, 2012.

Deadline for submissions is October 12, 2012 at 5pm New York Time – Please make sure you send in your photo submissions by this date!


Winner of the WYA Photo Contest:

  • 150 USD cash prize
  • Invitation to attend our 2013 International Solidarity Forum in April in New York City at the WYA and United Nations headquarters
  • Extensive exposure of winner’s work in WYA’s Global Newsletter, WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

1st runner-up

  • 100 USD cash prize
  • You will receive an invitation to attend a regional training event with a WYA office in your location (Nairobi, Brussels, Mexico, Manila, New York City or Beirut).
  • Your work will be featured on WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

2nd runner-up

  • 50 USD cash prize
  • Your work will be featured on WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page or email

Good luck!