World Bank Armenia Photo Contest: 30 Years After Spitak

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Spitak Earthquake in Armenia

Located in one of the most seismically active regions of the world, Armenia is highly vulnerable to seismic risk, which has been exacerbated by rapid urbanization. A devastating example of this vulnerability was the December 7, 1988 Spitak earthquake, which affected 40% of the country: 514,000 people were left without shelter, 20,000 were injured and more than 25,000 killed, and economic losses were estimated at US$ 15-20 billion.

Much has changed in Armenia since then. In the lead up to the 30th Anniversary of the Spitak Earthquake, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) are inviting photographers from Armenia, and around the world, to participate in a photo contest dedicated to “Building Disaster Resilience Across Armenia”. The goal of the photo contest is to celebrate and pay tribute to the inspiring resilience of the Armenian people affected by the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake.


The winners and prizes will be announced on the 30th Anniversary of the Spitak Earthquake - December 7, 2018.

1. The Award Ceremony will be included as part of the commemoration events in Gyumri, Armenia; the expected duration is about 30 – 40 minutes.

2. The results will be communicated on the World Bank and GFDRR websites.

3. The top 3 winners will receive cash prizes as follows:

US$ 500 in cash for the Grand Prize winner,

US$ 350 for second place, and

US$ 150 for third place.


a. there will be 3 honorary mentions, aligned with the following proposed themes: community empowerment, local disaster-resistant infrastructure, and resilient cultural heritage sites; and

b. the top 10 entries will be featured on the World Bank Website in December 2018-January 2019, including the printed version of the photos for an accompanying booklet showcasing the photos, and will be displayed outside the conference halls.



Copyrights & Usage Rights:

You retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose, regardless of whether your entry is selected as a winner or runner-up. You agree that the images you submit may be publicly exhibited, used in printed publications of the World Bank, its social media platforms, its websites, or in any other media, and may be copied and displayed in any country with appropriate attribution to you as the photographer. GFDRR and the World Bank Group hold copyright to the collection of photos that constitute the Armenia Spitak Earthquake Photo Contest.
The World Bank Group reserves the right to publish and/or to make available to the public the all submissions. The World Bank reserves the right to modify the format and content of the submissions for publication purposes.


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