IYAFA 2022 Photo Contest

International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture

SSF Hub Photo Contest 2022



Small-scale fisheries are critical to the livelihoods and cultures of millions of people around the world. To celebrate small-scale fisheries, highlight their importance throughout 2022, the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA), and share stories and experiences using photography, the SSF Hub is hosting its first annual photo contest, an event open to the public. The photo contest aims to highlight the diversity of small-scale fishing communities and celebrate their contributions across the seven pillars of the IYAFA Global Action Plan, in line with the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) —photo submissions that demonstrate the diversity of people, gender, fishing techniques, and traditional practices in small-scale fisheries are encouraged.

Photo Contest Categories

The photo contest includes several contest categories that highlight the critical importance of small-scale fisheries to livelihoods and culture. These contest categories are described below:

Contest Categories Description
Fishing in Action Small-scale fishers use different gears, types of vessels, and unique strategies and traditions—the photos in this category celebrate the techniques, technology, innovations, and activities of fishers.
Catch of the Day Small-scale fisheries target a wide array of species—the photos in this category showcase harvested catches and the people who caught them.
People, Culture, and Community The photos in this category highlight the people that benefit from and/or participate in small-scale fisheries. Photos may show the traditions and culture in small-scale fishing communities and governance, tenure, participation, and management of small-scale fisheries.
Nourishing Nations Small-scale fisheries are critical to food security and nutrition to millions of people in inland and coastal communities—the photos in this category highlight the contributions of small-scale fisheries as a food source. Submissions highlighting traditional food/cooking styles/processing are encouraged.
Value Chains, Post-Harvest, and Trade Each part of the value chain, from pre- to post-harvest plays an important role in small-scale fisheries—the photos in this category feature the people and locations along the value chain.
IYAFA Creative Capture Submit a picture that connects to one or more of the seven Pillars of IYAFA as defined by the Global Action Plan (GAP).

Contest Rules

  • Entry to the photo contest is free and open to the public.
  • Each person may submit up to 5 photos.
  • Captions of up to 15 words, including photographer and location, are required for each photo submission.
  • Amateur and professional photographers are eligible to compete. 
  • Submitted photos without information on the photographer and a brief caption will not be considered.
  • All contest entries must be received by 11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) on July 20, 2022. 

By submitting your entry to this photo competition you acknowledge:

  • You are the sole owner and creator of the image(s) submitted.
  • Photos do NOT contain obscene, provocative, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. 
  • Photos do NOT violate any rules or regulations in your country of residence.
  • Photos are ethically sourced.
  • You have received permission to picture any persons depicted in the photo. 
  • You are giving the SSF Hub permission to use the photo for other purposes, such as on our website, on social media, at in-person and online events, and in publications. We will provide credit to photographers whenever we use any of the photos.

The SSF Hub reserves the right to modify these rules at our discretion.


  • Contest opens: June 8, 2022
  • Deadline for submissions: July 20, 2022
  • Finalist selection: August 3, 2022
  • Finalist voting: August 24, 2022
  • Contest winner(s) announced: Week of September 5, 2022

Photo Submission

Contestants can submit up to 5 photo entries using any of the platforms and channels below:

  1. Google Form (Preferred method for submissions)
  2. Via direct message to the SSF Hub on Facebook Messenger
    1. Be sure to include required information when submitting via Facebook Messenger.
  3. Uploaded to the SSF Hub's Facebook Page Contest Post
    1. Be sure to include required information when submitting via the Facebook Contest Post.
  4. For China-based participants, the SSF Hub has authorized China Blue Sustainability Institute to assist in receiving photo submissions from China. China-based participants can submit their photo entries with required information via email to tougao@chinablue.org.cn.

All entries that meet the contest rules are eligible for each of the 5 contest categories. Panelists will identify three finalist photos for each of the five categories. Final public voting will identify one winner and one runner-up winner for each category. Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channels listed above. Entries not submitted through the proper channels will be deleted.

Contest Voting

A panel of judges with representatives from SSF Hub Partner and/or Supporter organizations will review all photo entries received by the deadline and determine three finalists per category. Photos entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Adherence to respective category
  • Composition
  • Quality
  • Technical execution (exposure/lighting, depth of field, etc.)

Once the three finalists for each category are selected, the public voting period will begin. After this period, SSF Hub members will determine the overall winner and runner-up winner. All votes must be received by 11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) on August 24, 2022.


The contest winner and finalists will be contacted via the email address provided during entry. If no response is received after three business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize.

The contest winner and finalists will see their photos posted on the SSF Hub with attribution. Additionally, the SSF Hub will promote both the winner’s and the finalists’ submitted photos on social media pages, including through its Partners. The pictures will be included in the final report of the year prepared by FAO. The SSF Hub will credit all photographers when using their photos.

Contest Prize

The winner's photos will be included and acknowledged in the FAO's IYAFA 2022 Year-End Report and will receive a prize kit including some or all of the following IYAFA 2022 and SSF Hub branded items: tote bag, t-shirt, water bottle and mug.

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