The Stories of Africa

African Youth Storytelling Contest

This year, we’re challenging the dominant narratives on Africa – and we called on our incredible global community to make it happen.

As part of the GLF Africa 2022 Digital Conference, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) hosted a youth storytelling contest to amplify critical voices from across the African continent. We received over 250 incredible submissions from young people from across our African community.

We announced the winners during the event – and now, it’s time to see the winning entries!

And your winners are…

If you’d like to see the finalists, visit the GLF Africa Art Gallery to view all of our shortlisted entries.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and stay tuned for more contests at our next major event, GLF Climate 2022 alongside COP27 on 11 November.

This year, we’re changing the dominant narrative on Africa – and we need your help to make it happen.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)  are hosting The Stories of Africa, a youth storytelling contest that aims to amplify critical voices from across the African continent.

We’re looking for perspectives from Indigenous Peoples, local communities, pastoralists, women leaders, farmers, and community leaders on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Food systems and livelihoods
  • Land tenure and rights
  • Land degradation and restoration
  • Youth initiatives  
  • Women’s leadership

What’s in it for you?

The three best stories will receive prizes of EUR 500, 300 and 200 respectively. We will also be showcasing the best 10 to 15 stories and announcing the winner stories at the GLF Africa Digital Conference 2022 on 15 September 2022, which will be attended by thousands and reach millions via social media and the press. 

Get inspired by the winners of our photo competition

#GLFAfrica 2022 Photo Competition

Strong competition from remarkable photos illustrating Africa’s breathtaking landscapes. The winning entries of the GLF Africa 2022 Photo Competition have been chosen! We received an overwhelming response worldwide: over 700 photos of exceptional quality, diversity, creativity and passion were submitted, collectively proving beyond any doubt the unique beauty of the African landscapes, people and cities.