SUSTAINABILITY IN IMAGES
This is more than a simple slogan: these are values that we believe in, that are communicated through the narrative power of photography. Sustainability concerns all of us, our daily lives and how we behave day by day. In the same way as the responsible choices we make, this will shape the lives of those who come after us. The Italian Sustainability Photo Award (ISPA) was created with the mission of recounting positive stories, innovative and informed choices, and bold solutions.
We are looking for Italian stories, the ambitious tales of a forward-looking country that is aiming for growth. We invite photographers from all over the world to respond to the challenge: to produce powerful, inspired images that describe and illustrate hope, rights and obligations and progress towards a more sustainable future, by focusing on stories of Environmental Sustainability, Social Sustainability and Sustainable Governance. These are the values that inspire the ISPA, these are the values that increasingly represent a shared heritage to strive towards.
A prestigious jury of photographers, photo editors and international journalists will award prizes for the best Single Photo and the best Photo Story. In addition, the jury will select a photographic project and provide concrete support in the form of a grant worth 10,000 euros. This is because we believe in sustainability, in the power of daily challenges. And in the magic of telling their stories.
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THE ISPA 2021 COMPETITION
The Italian Sustainability Photo Award is a photo competition open to everyone, free to enter, with no geographical or professional barriers. The ISPA was established in order to tell the story of sustainability in Italy in the environmental, social and governance sectors and, to do so, has taken inspiration from the values expressed in the acronym ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance. The ESG criteria come from the economic and financial world and are generally synonymous with commitment and awareness. The photographic material entered for the ISPA 2021 Competition (Single Photos, Photo Stories, Grant projects) must be relevant to one of the three themes below.
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY. Environmental sustainability in all its possible forms, from processes for reducing pollution and harmful emissions, to the production of clean energy; from the balanced management of natural resources, to the disposal and correct recycling of waste, to the complex safeguarding of biodiversity. It is the growing awareness of how the delicate relationship between humanity and the resources all around us is crucial to the future of mankind.
SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY. Everything inherent in respect for human, cultural, social and political rights, gender and inclusion politics, the protection of diversity and minorities, the safeguarding of health and the support of local communities. This category also embraces experiences of increased sharing in the value chain that links governments, businesses, associations and individuals, aimed at supporting reciprocal growth and ensuring the conditions for a dignified life for all are met.
SUSTAINABLE GOVERNANCE. These are the methods, rules and procedures that sustainably govern and manage social phenomena, institutions, companies, public and private authorities, both large and small. These are stories inspired by good government and far-sighted management that respect the rules, and which forms the basis for positive growth.
A maximum of 10 photographs may be submitted, taken in Italy after January 1 2018, with captions in English. Single Photos that are also included in Photo Stories are permitted. The best Single Photo will be awarded a prize of 1,500 euros.
A maximum of 10 Photo Stories may be submitted, taken in Italy after January 1 2018, with captions in English. Each Photo Story must contain between eight and 12 images, accompanied by an explanatory text, also in English. The best story will be awarded a prize of 3,500 euros.
Up to five projects to be carried out in Italy may be submitted (together with between 10 and 30 images), accompanied by a text and a development plan, both in English. The best project will be funded with a grant of 10,000 euros and will be completed over six months between April and October 2021.