2021 Photographic Challenge

Empowering Community through Local Economy

The globalised economy plays a central role in the perpetuation of widespread inequality and ecological destruction.

At the heart of our vision of a sustainable, abundant future is the transition to decentralised, resilient local economies, which put responsibility, wealth and power back into the hands of local people and communities.

We are inviting photographers of all ages and backgrounds to capture a colour image of local economy in action.

Here are a few examples of how local economies empower people and support environmental recovery:

  • Worker-owned cooperatives
  • Local food systems
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Repair cafés
  • Tool banks
  • Energy microgrids
  • Local alternative currencies
  • Revival of traditional skills and crafts

There are many more and we’d love to see your perspective on this topic.

The winning photo will be used as the signature image for our 2021 international online conference, Systems Change Through Local Economies.

The first prize winner and two runners up will be featured on our website.

All submissions that meet the criteria will be appear in an online exhibition at the conference in September of this year.

Challenge Details

Free Entry. Open to People of All Ages, Worldwide. Each participant may enter up to 3 photos

1st Prize – 200 EU   |   2 Runners Up – 50 EU

The winning photo will be used to promote the 2021 SCA conference and the top three winning photos will be published on the Systems Change Alliance website under a Creative Commons licence.

Deadline for submissions: 1st April​, 2021

Winners to be announced: 1st May, 2021

How to enter:

  1. Join our Community Forum by completing this form

  2. Post up to 3 photos to the 2021 Photographic Submissions thread.
    Photos should be colour, landscape orientation, in high resolution .JPEG format (approx. 1024 px wide). Please give each photo a title.

  3. Winners will be announced on the Community forum and posted on our website and social media

Questions? Post them in the Queries & Discussion thread and we’ll get right back to you.
Alternatively, email questions or submissions to [email protected]

We look forward to seeing your photos!

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