Enter the 2011 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest

Deadline: September 15, 2011

The Photo Contest is now open for entries. Winners receive considerable exposure the world over, and become part of a global community of professional and nonprofessional photographers who share a twin passion for photography and microfinance.

You can enter up to 20 photos for a chance to win. Read on for further details on how to enter the Contest and for information about the prizes, and then click on the entry form link to the right to submit your photos.

Over the past few years we’ve asked you to use your imagination in capturing the diversity and dynamism of microfinance. As a result, stunning images have been shared with the microfinance community and others around the world. This year, we’re asking you to focus on how microfinance touches the world—the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the textures. By sharing your images, you’ll reach countless others with the message of microfinance, and you will help us tell the story of this remarkable industry: its unique textures, vibrant new developments, and impact on the lives of poor people.

Is there a moment or a place where you’ve witnessed the impact of microfinance on poor people’s ability to manage their own lives? Has your lens captured people using finance in nontraditional ways or having financial services delivered to them in innovative ways? Have you seen microfinance respond to the global financial crisis, the food crisis, natural disasters, or local conditions? We’re looking for photos of microfinance touching the lives of poor clients, or more broadly impacting the world we live in.

A total of 30 finalists will be selected for the 2011 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest. Judges will award first, second, and third place winners, as well as special mentions. Because photos tell a story, take a moment to capture your photo’s story in the explanation that you submit along with your photo entry—your explanation may also be considered by the judges.

The winning photos are published by CGAP and displayed online. They will be uploaded onto the CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest Flickr page, and included in a slideshow that will be shared with the industry for use at conferences. Winning images may be printed for exhibition in partnership with the World Bank and Citi. In addition to the opportunity to put their photos before the eyes of the world, winning photographers may receive the prizes listed below.

For further details on how to enter the competition, click here: Enter the 2011 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest.

April Fool’s Day: Tell Me, Have You Been Fooled Today?

Newspapers too can fool you!

Newspapers too can fool you!

Hi there, today is that day again – April Fool’s Day. It is that day when everyone, regardless of their age or class, is susceptible to the avalanche of false stories that fly around at alarming rates. It doesn’t really matter much whether you like to play pranks or not. You could be the next target; so, either you return the ‘favour’ or just laugh after you find out you’ve been punk’d!

So, have you been fooled today? Ashamedly, I must admit I have been destabilized today – just once though. There I was scrolling down checking my daily newsfeed from CP-Africa.com when I saw the headline “Buhari withdraws from Presidential race; backs Mallam Nuhu Ribadu”. I was like, “I can’t believe this! Really!?” I had opened the main page and already drawn the attention of one of my superiors to the news before I finally smelt a rat. I quickly scrolled to the bottom of the post to discover it was all good old foolery! Apparently, the CP-Africa guys had played their game well because, had they referred to President Goodluck Jonathan as the one who had stepped out of the presidential race, I would have caught them right from the headline. (They have now added an emphasis plus a cartoon at the top of the post)

I can now imagine how diverse these jokes can be. Maybe a wife would even remorsefully inform her husband, “I don’t love you any more” only to turn around and laugh out loud “April Fool!!!” :) So, tell me your own April Fool’s Day ordeals. Have you been punk’d? How many people have you fooled today? Have you experienced any nasty or uncouth or utterly senseless attempts by other people to fool you by all means? Shoot!

In other news: The picture used in this post is from JO Photography blog. My good friend, Jide Odukoya, is exhibiting a series of photographs from across Nigeria in a two-month programme he has tagged: “60 Days Through My Lens“. There will be a photograph or group of photographs every single day from today Friday 1 April 2011 to Monday 30 May 2011. Show him some love and feed your eyes and imagination with moments from around Nigeria.

Also, if you don’t mind being fooled every day, you can follow Satire Network News (@SNN_headlines by @sir_scribbles) on twitter for a weekly dose of some of the most untrue tales in the world! Tune in every Friday for SNN’s weekly broadcasts. If it never happened, or is too hilarious to be true, you’ll hear it first on SNN. I discovered this source some months back and it’s been super hilarious. Go grab some fun folks! Happy April Fool’s Day! -GN!