International Photo Contest on Greener Healthcare Waste Management

Take part in the international photo contest and get recognized.


• To increase public awareness on the issues related to healthcare waste treatment and management (HCWM) through visual and artistic medium.
• To promote best practices on HCWM along with non-incineration waste treatment and mercury-free technologies for greener healthcare practices.

Target Audience
• Professional and amateur photographers.
• Participation of healthcare workers, environmental health workers and especially women and youth from developing countries is particularly welcomed.

Organizers and Partners
• Organizer: GEF financed UNDP/WHO/Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) supported project, “Reducing UPOPs and Mercury releases from the Health Sector in Africa”, implemented in Ghana, Madagascar, Tanzania and Zambia
• Government Partner: the Republic of Madagascar - Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MoE) and Ministry of Health (MoH).

To participate in the contest please fill out the online application form, attach your photo and submit until July 15, 2019. Participation in two categories of the contest (by submitting by one photo for each category) is allowed.

Categories of the Photo Contest:
Photos will be accepted in two categories:

Category 1: “HCWM for People and Planet”
• Two finalists will be awarded on this category.
• There will also be additional special nomination awards for photos depicting positive images for the following special categories (one for each):
o “Alternatives to healthcare waste burning/incineration”
o “Mercury-free healthcare”
o “HCWM for better infection prevention”
o “Women and HCWM”

Category 2. “Greener healthcare I want to see in the future”
• Two finalists will be awarded on this category.

Selection Process:

Evaluation of photos will be conducted in two stages:

Initial stage – preliminary selection. If the number of photos received exceeds 30 photos, preliminary selection of photos will take place. Up to 30 photos (by 20 photos in Category 1 and 10 photos in Category 2) will be selected for the second stage.

Second stage - evaluation and selection of the winners by international Jury Team. The Jury Team, consisting of organizers and experts, representing different countries, will select the winners of the photo contest in each category. In total, there will be 4 winners (2 in each category) and additional 4 winners in special nominations.

Key Dates:
• Official launch of the photo contest: April 30, 2019
• Submission of applications: April 30 - July 15, 2019
• International jury voting: July 15 -22, 2019
• Announcement of winners: July 22, 2019


• 8 prizes of $400 vouchers/cheques (or whatever is applicable)
• Appreciation certificates for tbe best 30 photos


Open to everyone

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The participant, who sends his/her photo to the photo contest, agrees to transfer copyrights for distribution, duplication, copying, publication and usage of his/her photo by the organizers and partners of the International Photo Contest. The organizers and partners, on their side, commit themselves to indicate the author of the photo in their publications.