Photo contest: Faces of resilience

Nov 16, 2014

Over the past 4 years, the crisis in Syria has created profound suffering for people inside the country and impacted communities in neighboring countries in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

Yet, while the impact of the Syria crisis has been severe, the communities affected by it have demonstrated remarkable resilience and incredible human will to cope and recover.

To demonstrate this resilience and give an opportunity to tell the untold stories of people of the region, the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) is launching the “Images of Resilience” Photo Contest, which is open to all photographers.

"Refugees may be a humanitarian issue, it starts as a humanitarian issue, but it has a direct relationship with development issues. There should be no separation between humanitarian and development – it’s all a part of development issues. Unresolved displacement can upend a country’s path to peace and prosperity. That is why the needs and potential of displaced populations must be re!ected in national development plans and based on joint analysis. We must use what we have learned in the "eld to bring together more actors to achieve common commitments."

United Nations Secretary General,
Ban Ki-moon

Democratic Selection

  • Take a photo or use an existing one that that tells the story of resilience in communities impacted by the Syria crisis in the sub-region.
  • Upload the photo (below).
  • Tell your friends and fans to vote for your photo.
  • The top 3 photos with the most votes WIN!


Winners not only get chance to participate in UNDP’s International Resilience Exhibition, but the top three winners will also win great prizes including a professional camera, a new IPAD and a graphic tablet.

To participate:

  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the contest  - Follow the link:
  • Upload your photo:

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