The 2013 CGAP Photo Contest Now Open for Entries

26 June 2013

Erin Scronce
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2013 CGAP Photo Contest Now Open for Entries

Washington, D.C., 26 June 2013: The CGAP Photo Contest, which aims to highlight stand-out photography from amateurs and professionals around the world depicting financial inclusion, is now accepting entries for 2013. All entries should be submitted online at between June 26 and October 2, 2013.

We are looking for original, striking images that illustrate the complex financial lives of people living in poverty and how financial inclusion makes a difference. Photos may represent a range of products, institutions, and methodologies, and may touch on a broad range of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings. By sharing your images that demonstrate the variety of ways poor households manage household finances, you’ll help us tell a story of innovation and ingenuity in the use of financial services to improve lives.


Previous rounds of the contest have produced stunning and creative images that have been shared with organizations working in financial inclusion and global media. Last year’s contest was the most competitive to date, with 2,500 entries from 80 countries. The winning photo - “Smoke of Charcoal,” submitted by Yavuz Sariyildiz of Turkey, a former banker - received excellent exposure globally: it was displayed by PR Newswire in New York City’s Times Square, featured in two Turkish newspapers, and included in a gallery on BBC Vietnam’s website.

Many prizes will be issued in 2013, including a grand, second, and third prize. Be sure to vote for your favorite photos online to help determine the People’s Choice winner.

The winners of the 2013 competition round were announced on 18 November, 2013. Truong Minh Dien of Vietnam was awarded first prize for his photo "Rainy Afternoon." View the winning gallery at

About CGAP

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor works toward a world in which everyone has access to the financial services they need to improve their lives. CGAP develops innovative solutions for financial inclusion through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders. Established in 1995 and housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to advance poor people’s access to finance.