Agricultural Competitiveness
and Natural Resource Management:

Research and Development in Action

Prize: $500 $300 $200
People's Choice Award: $100
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31 October 2011 (GMT +08:00)


The photo contest is open to all Southeast Asian nationals except SEARCA employees and immediate family members.

The photo contest centers on the theme “Agricultural Competitiveness and Natural Resource Management: Research and Development in Action”.

Each contestant may submit as many entries as s/he wants, provided that said photos have not been submitted to previous photo contests.

Entries must be submitted in 8” x 10”, full-color prints (digital camera only). Digital entries should be in either JPEG or TIFF format and at least 3,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image or 3,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 300 dpi. There is no maximum file size or resolution as long as it can be sent by e-mail or via file upload.

All entries must be original. Photos must not be digitally altered and/or enhanced in any way other than simple cropping.

Each entry should include the following details: name of photographer, country, brief statement/description of the photo, where the photo was taken, when it was taken, and the equipment used in taking it.

Submission of entries to the contest indicates full permission granted to SEARCA to use the photographs, with  proper credit to the photographer, in Center endeavors in knowledge packaging, sharing and advocacy related to SEARCA mandates.


Relevance to the theme 35%
Technical quality (clarity, use of tones and color, photographic composition) 30%
Originality/creativity 20%
Regional flavor

TOTAL           100%


SEARCA PHOTO CONTEST 2011 will award entries that best represent the initiatives and activities that scientists, practitioners, rural development workers and champions are undertaking to tackle the multiple challenges of research and development in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM) at the local, national and international levels. Photographs should emphasize the dynamism with which Southeast Asia seeks to understand, solve and communicate about issues in food security and environmental sustainability. Photographs should focus on people at work – on the field, in the laboratory, among members of communities. Examples of these could be field shots and documentation of R & D activities (scientists in their study sites or doing experiments, experts coordinating with local government officials on the field, farm activities, people processing, packaging and marketing agriculture products). They may also include people operating special devices or equipment such as those for GIS and spatial analysis or microscopy.

Photographic subjects may highlight or focus on the following sub-themes:

Agricultural Competitiveness
Agricultural competitiveness is directly related to food security, rural poverty alleviation and livelihood.  It is affected by several factors including production and farming technology, infrastructure development, agricultural marketing, and research and policy such as those on tariff and trade. SEARCA emphasizes four focal concerns in agricultural competitiveness:

  • technology management
  • trade and investment
  • policy reforms and institutions
  • support services

Natural Resource Management
Natural resource management (NRM) combines economics, policy and governance, and science to study, manage and restore natural resources and ecosystems. Agriculture is naturally anchored on natural resources. A degraded or poorly managed natural resource base will constrain agricultural productivity. As NRM covers a wide range of topics, entries may focus on:

  • management of land and water resources from the upland to the coastal areas;
  • research on biodiversity;
  • risk assessment and the impacts of climate change on agrobiodiversity


Winners will be notified via e-mail. SEARCA has the right to offer the prize to the next winning entry if and only if the winner does not initiate any contact. Likewise, winners are requested to be present to receive their awards on the week of SEARCA’s 45th anniversary, specifically on 21 November 2011 during the opening of the exhibit of winning entries. They will be expected to shoulder the cost of their travel to claim their prizes.  Winners who are not able to attend the ceremonies shall notify SEARCA on how organizers may send them their prizes.