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Calling all young photographers

Children aged 17 and under have a unique opportunity to showcase their photographs in an exciting new global contest initiated by National Geographic photographer, REZA, and the non-governmental organisation, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action).

1994. Mount Altai, Kazakhstan
1994. Mount Altai, Kazakhstan. A professional dancer, arriving from the city, rides to a traditional Kazakh wedding. Image: REZA.

The Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, Festival and Exhibition 2012 aims to raise awareness of environmental issues through the eyes of young people and their photos.

This global initiative, supported by the World Photography Organisation, will give children and teenagers a platform to show how they see the natural world, and the chance to discover some of the challenges currently facing our planet. By seeing through their eyes, it’s hoped that adults will also be inspired to take action, too.

With the theme I Love Nature, I Fear Pollution, the Contest encourages young people to use photography to highlight crucial issues and share their vision with others throughout the international community.

1996 Nile Delta, Egypt
1996 Nile Delta, Egypt. A boat bus passes a brickyard on the banks of the Nile that is billowing pollution from its chimneys. Image: REZA.

The Festival and Exhibition will be a chance to view the Contest entries and winning photographs. An international event, the Festival and Exhibition will visit major cities around the world and will raise global awareness about environmental issues.

Winners will attend the launch in Baku, Azerbaijan in October and will also win cameras, iPads and printers.

All entries should be submitted through the Contest website www.childrenseyesonearth.org by 5 September 2012.