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An ASEAN wide photo contest capturing the richness of biological resources in the region.

Zooming In On Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. These forms of life include microorganisms, fungi, plants, and animals, including the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live.

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, biodiversity is “the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.”

Golden Orb Weaving Web, Chai Wai Meng

Biodiversity provides us with air, water, food and materials for medicine, clothing and shelter. Millions of people rely on biodiversity for livelihood and a host of ecosystem services. However, due to the continuous growth of population and overexploitation of biological resources, this “web of life” is now under serious threat.

Pitcher Frog, Joel Forte

Zooming in on Biodiversity is a photo contest open to all nationals from the 10 ASEAN Member States, conceptualized by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.


This year’s Zooming in on Biodiversity aims to translate into exceptional photographs the sustainable use of biological resources in a developing world.

Children plant trees in mining site, Karlo Emmanuel Victoriano

Through this ASEAN-wide photo contest, ACB aims to:

  • Promote biodiversity conservation.
  • Create a collection of photographs related to the ACB’s geographic concerns.
  • Increase the availability of photographs which showcase the biological richness of the ASEAN region.
  • Use the photos generated from the contest as educational tools.

Overall Theme: Biodiversity richness of ASEAN

Kids Collecting Water, Kyaw Kyaw Winn

The entries must showcase the abundance of biodiversity in the region. The photos may highlight subjects related to the following:

  • Coastal and Marine Biodiversity
  • Agro biodiversity
  • Wildlife Species
  • Urban Biodiversity
  • Wetland and Peatlands

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance to the theme - 40%
  • Composition - 20%
  • Creativity - 20%
  • Technical Excellence - 20%


The competition is open to all citizens of ASEAN—Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers. A participant can send up to three (3) photographs but can only win once. The registration is FREE of charge.

Entries photo entry must be at least 2 MB, and must be submitted before 30 September 2018, 5 p.m. Philippine Standard Time, through the official contest webpage

Large Flying Fox, Chalid Nasution

The photograph must neither be previously submitted, in whole or in part, to any other competitions, nor published in any printed or electronic media.

Once submitted, the owners/photographers provide ACB the right to use the photos on educational and other promotional materials of ACB with appropriate credits to owner.

The prizes are pretty decent: 1st Place USD 1,500. 2nd Place USD 1,000. 3rd Place USD 500

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) - website