Mangrove Photography Awards 2023

About the Awards

The Mangrove Photography Awards celebrates the beauty, diversity and fragility of our mangrove forests around the world.

We invite photographers of all levels and disciplines to submit their best mangrove images to be judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed photographers. Now in its ninth year, Mangrove Photography Awards offers everyone the opportunity to raise their voices for the protection of one of our most critical and undervalued ecosystems. Your photos can illustrate the importance and diversity of life in our coastal forests and help inspire action to protect and conserve our mangrove ecosystems.

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African Youth Storytelling Contest: Τhe Stories of Africa

The Stories of Africa

2023 African Youth Storytelling Contest

Applications are now closed.

Thank you for sending your story. All submissions are currently being reviewed, and the selected winners will be announced at the GLF Nairobi 2023 Hybrid Conference on 10-11 October.

What is the African Storytelling Contest?

Do you have a powerful story to share about your vision for a thriving Africa where landscapes are healthy, communities prosper, and justice prevails? 


We believe that storytelling has the power to ignite change, inspire action and connect people across borders. After an incredible storytelling contest last year featuring stories from every corner of the continent, the 2023 Africa Youth Storytelling Contest will provide a platform for your visions to reach a global stage.

What’s in it for you?

The top 10 to 15 entries will be featured on our website and social media channels, as well as during GLF Nairobi 2023, reaching thousands of people gathered in person and online to forge a brighter future for the world’s landscapes.

Apart from the incredible opportunity to showcase your talent and share your vision with a global audience, the three best stories will receive prizes of EUR 500, 300 and 200 respectively.

SEE BELOW FOR TERMS & CONDITIONS

Applications are now closed.
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GLF Nairobi 2023 Photo Competition

GLF Nairobi 2023:
What’s your vision for Earth?

No matter where you are in the world, there’s always someone near you working to restore our planet.

So, our task for you is simple: get out there and snap some photos of them!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the GLF Nairobi 2023 Photo Competition. Whether you’re a professional or amateur, nature or urban photographer, we’d love to see what’s happening in your local landscapes and some of the incredible solutions being implemented to preserve and protect them.

We want to show the world images of positive steps being taken towards a healthier Earth, whether it’s land restoration, urban and rural generative farming, biodiversity conservation, or something else. It’s your call – so get your cameras ready and take us on this visual journey!

Entries will be accepted until 26 July. Finalists will be announced by the end of July, with winners announced late August. The best photos will be showcased at the GLF Nairobi 2023 Hybrid Conference and featured on the GLF’s Flickr account.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Applications – Action on the Ground

2024 RESTORATION STEWARDS PROGRAM & GLFx CHAPTERS

BECOME A PART OF OUR GRASSROOTS RESTORATION COMMUNITY

Applications are now closed

We’re opening up applications for the 2024 Restoration Stewards program and new GLFx chapters. If you’re a young restoration practitioner or a community-based organization and you’d like to scale up the impact of your landscape projects, this opportunity is for you.

Thank you to everyone that has applied. The GLF Youth team will take time to review the applications and contact the selected candidates.

Applications are now closed

Thank you to everyone that have applied. The GLFx team will take time to review the applications and contact the selected candidates.

 

Applications are now closed

We are pleased to extend the application deadline for the 2024 Restoration Stewards program until August 7th. If you are a young restoration practitioner looking to increase the impact of your landscape projects, this is the opportunity for you.

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Contacts

Restoration Stewards Program

Eirini Sakellari

Youth Coordinator

e.sakellaricifor-icraf[dot]org

GLFx Chapters

Anna Bucci

Community and Action Program Manager

a.buccicifor-icraf[dot]org

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2024 GLFx call for application

ENTER THE GLFx CHAPTER NETWORK WITH YOUR LOCAL NGO

Application deadline: 

Sunday, 23 July 2023, 23:59 CEST (UTC+2)

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is calling for local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and grassroots initiatives to join the GLFx network as local chapters. Selected organizations will receive access to various opportunities and resources to support sustainable landscapes across the world, with a specific focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

What is GLFx?

GLFx is a global network of local NGOs and grassroot initiatives, referred to as “chapters”, who are working to accelerate action towards more sustainable, integrated landscape management. GLFx is designed to enable and empower community members with the connections, knowledge and technology to connect, share, learn and act online and in person. From hosting events in your landscape, town or city to joining online communities of practice.

Meet our current chapters here.

Eligibility

We will accept applications from  registered local NGOs, grassroot initiatives or networks that:

  • Are based in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia-Pacific
  • Are led and represented by people from the geographic area of the organization’s work
  • Promote on-the-ground local activities to connect, share, learn and act for more sustainable landscapes
  • Are well organized, with an administrative structure to receive and manage funds
  • Are working towards sustainable agriculture will be given much preference.

We would especially encourage applications from groups with: 

  • Demonstrated experience in mobilizing actors to facilitate local action 
  • A strong commitment to promoting sustainable agriculture and restoration
  • Existing partnerships and dialogues with other stakeholders in the landscape 
  • A diverse team: gender balance will be taken into account during the selection process.

What’s in it for you?

Selected organizations will become a part of the GLFx chapter network and receive opportunities for: 

  • Networking and peer-to-peer learning through the GLFx community and GLF Charter Members
  • Global spotlighting: Regional and global outreach support, storytelling opportunities through the GLF’s events and platforms
  • Capacity development: Tailored learning programmes, connection with scientific experts
  • Funding: internal calls for proposals, access to funding and other fundraising opportunities.

What is expected from chapters?

If your organization becomes a GLFx chapter, you will be expected to: 

  • Assign a focal point to liaison with the GLF
  • Join regular meetings with the GLF team and other chapters
  • Engage with regular opportunities shared by the GLF team
  • Curate an online space on the GLFx platform to share activities and opportunities
  • Regularly update the GLF about on-the-ground activities

Leverage existing activities to connect people, share knowledge locally and globally, develop learning opportunities for the community, and/or lead action on the ground.

SEE BELOW FOR THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Application deadline: 

Sunday, 23 July 2023, 23:59 CEST (UTC+2)

GENERAL INQUIRIES

GLFx Chapters

Anna Bucci

Community and Action Program Manager

a.buccicifor-icraf[dot]org

Our partners

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GLF Climate 2022 Photo Competition

What does climate change look like?

Every picture tells a story – and we want to see yours. We’re now accepting applications for the GLF Climate 2022 Photo Competition. Whether you’re a professional or amateur, nature or urban photographer, we’d love to see your perspective on the impacts of climate change, as well as ways we can tackle it.

Send us your best pictures on how the climate crisis is impacting your landscape – or how your local community is dealing with it. Whether it’s a story on drought, floods and other climate disasters, or how people are acting to reverse rising temperatures, we want the world to see it.

Entries will be accepted until 18 October. Finalists will be announced on 26 October and requested to send a short video message telling us the story of their picture. The winners will be announced on 11 November at GLF Climate 2022 alongside COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The best photos and short videos will be displayed at the GLF Climate Art Gallery.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Prizes

  • Cash prizes of USD 400 (1st prize), USD 300 (2nd prize) and USD 200 (popular vote).
  • A  spread and interview in Landscape News.
  • A showcase at the GLF Climate 2022 Art Gallery.

Eligibility

  • The GLF Climate Photo Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or above, whether you’re a photo enthusiast or a professional photographer.
  • Photos from any country will be accepted.
  • By submitting the photo, the participant guarantees that their participation follows the rules and agrees with the terms of this competition.
  • Photos that have previously won other photographic contests will not be considered.

How to participate

  • To participate, upload your photo here.
  • Each photograph consists of a single entry. You may submit multiple entries, but you can only win a maximum of one prize.
  • The uploaded file must include the photo’s title, your name and contact information, including email address, social media handles (if applicable), a caption listing the subject and location, and a short description of the story behind the picture.
  • You must have the full copyright to the submitted photos. Therefore, by submitting your entries, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the contest rules and the terms and conditions.
  • The photograph submitted must not include a watermark, signature or caption.

Selection

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the GLF, who will select at least 25 photos from all eligible submissions received during the competition period. Finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity (30%)
  • Photographic quality (30%)
  • Composition (30%)
  • Execution of theme (10%)

The GLF will publish the finalist entries on its online platforms. The panel of judges will choose the first and second prize winners from the finalist entries, while members of the public will be invited to vote online for their favorite entry. The photo with the most votes will receive the ‘popular vote’ award. The GLF team will ensure that the first prize, second prize and popular vote winners are all selected from different participants.

Finalists

The GLF team will email all finalists in mid-October. They will be invited to share a short video message about their photo and work. The best videos will be exhibited in our art gallery at GLF Climate 2022 (more information to be announced).

Looking for inspiration? Check out the videos from the first and second prize winners of the GLF Africa 2022 Photo Competition.

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GLFx Africa Call for Applications

Build GLFx chapters in Africa
with seed funding

Deadline: October 30th

The GLFx initiative is opening a call to support new GLFx chapters that are leading action on the ground for the sustainability of Africa’s landscapes, with seed funding of EUR 5,000. NGOs, teams, and networks of organisations working on sustainable agrifood systems, restoration, or multi-stakeholder partnerships are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: October 30th

What is GLFx?

GLFx is a decentralised network of independently-organised chapters that gather regularly to promote sustainable activities within their landscapes. It is designed to accelerate global action towards sustainable landscapes by equipping members with the knowledge, technology, and networks to connect, share, learn, and act through a holistic approach.

Why GLFx?

GLFx was created to improve landscapes from the ground up by harnessing the efforts of communities to promote sustainable landscapes. The initiative is powered by community action plans that aim to facilitate community mobilisation training, the implementation of local restoration actions, and knowledge exchange.

What are GLF chapters?

GLF chapters can be:

  • Teams of individuals that are obtaining NGO status
  • Existing local NGOs or grassroots initiatives 
  • Existing networks, partnerships, or institutionalised stakeholder groups

Whether your group is a new team, an NGO, or an initiative, the most important thing is that you are operating at the landscape level, and are mobilising – or are willing to mobilise – your community and the relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable landscape use.

Who can apply?

The call is for groups of individuals (teams), networks, partnerships, initiatives, and organisations that:

  • are based in Africa
  • promote on-the-ground local actions and community meetings towards sustainable land use
  • are well organised, with an administrative structure to receive and manage funds  
  • are diverse: gender balance is key in a team, and will be taken into account during the selection process 

Please also note that:

  • demonstrated experience in mobilising actors to facilitate local action is an asset
  • groups with a strong commitment to promoting sustainable agriculture and restoration are particularly encouraged to apply
  • groups of individuals, or organisations, that have already initiated partnerships and dialogues with other stakeholders in the landscape are particularly invited to apply.

What’s on offer?

Selected chapters will receive: 

  1. seed funding of €5,000 to run chapter activities 
  2. community mobilisation training to enable coordinated restoration action 
  3. workshops and/or toolkits to facilitate the implementation of a community action plan
  4. GLFx Secretariat support in key areas (e.g. technical assistance for platform onboarding, capacity development materials, and learning opportunities) 
  5. a connection to, and support for, GLF charter members in their region and the GLFx chapter network
  6. promotional opportunities (e.g. profiles in the Landscape News online journal, speaking engagements)

What is expected from chapters?

If you become a chapter and receive seed funding, you will be expected to: 

  • offer regular multi-stakeholder gatherings – online or in person – to mobilise your community and coordinate local projects
  • curate an online space on the GLFx platform to share your activities and opportunities, as well as to attract more members to your chapter
  • lead action-oriented projects  
  • connect and collaborate regularly with the GLF, including by joining regular meetings and attending learning and knowledge-sharing events offered by the organisation
  • engage in activities that foster learning, knowledge generation and sharing, multi-stakeholder collaborations, sustainable practices, and socio-economic transformation 

Deadline: October 30th

SEE BELOW FOR THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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GLFx LAC Call for Applications

Build GLF chapters in
Latin America and the Caribbean

with seed funding

The GLFx initiative is opening a call to support 5 GLF Chapters with seed funding of EUR 5,000 each to protect and restore forest areas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

What is the GLF?

The Global Landscapes Forum is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable and inclusive landscapes, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on climate change.

What is GLFx?

GLFx is a decentralized network of independently organized chapters that gather regularly to promote sustainable activities within their landscapes. It is designed to accelerate action globally towards sustainable landscapes by equipping members with the knowledge, technology and networks to connect, share, learn and act through a holistic approach.

Why GLFx?

GLFx was created to improve landscapes from the ground up by harnessing the efforts of communities to promote sustainable landscapes. The initiative is powered by community action plans that aim to facilitate community mobilization training, the implementation of local restoration actions, and knowledge exchange.

GLFx goals

The GLFx initiative aims to decentralize and democratize access to knowledge, facilitate local–local and local–global knowledge exchange, provide local actors with targeted learning opportunities and resources, and support the scaling of positive action at the local level for global impact.

What are GLF chapters?

GLF chapters are groups of local change agents that mobilize their communities and stakeholders to hold place-based dialogues and promote sustainable landscape restoration. These local change agents are organized and legalized community-led or grassroots groups, such as NGOs or institutionalized stakeholder groups, who lead initiatives operating at the landscape level. They engage in learning, knowledge generation and sharing, and multi-stakeholder collaboration to scale up restoration, sustainable practices and socio-economic transformation in their landscapes.

GLF chapters offer regular multi-stakeholder gatherings online or in person to mobilize their communities and coordinate local projects. GLF chapters host a minimum of one gathering each quarter, curate an online space for exchange on the GLFx platform, and support one or more action projects each year. Chapters are founded by a team of diverse individuals who submit an application to the GLF Secretariat.

GLF chapters in LAC

With large forest areas that make up over 45% of the region , Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is one of the most culturally and biologically diverse parts of the planet. However, the region also faces immense challenges from deforestation: 40% of the region’s forests are already deforested or degraded, putting millions of livelihoods at risk.

Fortunately, a number of projects and initiatives have been launched to protect forests and the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities that effectively steward their lands, and promote restoration initiatives to preserve the ecological functions of the region’s landscapes. Despite these challenges, the GLF recognizes the crucial role that regional stakeholders and groups play in protecting and restoring areas in LAC and aims to support and promote community-led efforts to reach their goals.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applications will be accepted from groups, networks or partnerships of stakeholders or grassroots initiatives that promote on-the-ground actions towards sustainable landscapes. We will prioritize initiatives focusing on the following: protecting forest areas, restoration activities, and agroecological and/or sustainable agriculture, including coffee production. Stakeholders must be based in LAC countries.
  • Groups must be well organized, with an administrative structure to receive and manage funds at the bare minimum.  Diversity is encouraged and will be taken into account during the selection process (e.g. gender balance within the team). The names, contact information and a brief profile of the working group or team should be included in the application.
  • A group is made up of a dynamic and passionate chapter team with a strong commitment to promoting sustainable landscapes. The group should have a proven track record that:
    • Demonstrates experience in mobilizing actors to facilitate local action;
    • Provides regional or local experience that can be scaled to inspire or influence more on-the-ground actions;
    • Contributes to a regional and global knowledge base on sustainable practices and/or accelerating restoration in landscapes. 

What we offer

Selected chapters will receive: 

  1. A seed fund of €5,000 to run chapter activities; 
  2. Community mobilization training; 
  3. Workshops and/or toolkits to facilitate the implementation of community action plans;
  4. GLFx secretariat support in key areas (e.g. technical support in the onboarding process on the platform, capacity development materials and learning opportunities); 
  5. Networking with  GLF charter members in their region and the GLFx chapter network;
  6. Promotional opportunities, such as being featured on Landscape News and the opportunity to take part in GLF events.

How to apply

  1. Fill out the online application form here.
  2. Join the GLFx platform.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about the next steps, including required documents such as:

  • An introductory video about the group’s initiative and local actions;
  • A community action plan describing activities the group would like to develop over the next year (2023);
  • A profile of group members who will be involved with the chapter’s activities and with developing and implementing the community action plan.

Chapter selection

All eligible applications will be evaluated in two rounds.

Round 1: Community mobilization:

The videos of all eligible applications will be uploaded to the GLFx platform, and all applicants will receive the link to their videos. All applicants are encouraged to share their applications with their colleagues, friends, the general public and the GLFx community. The first round of the evaluation will be done by reviewing public engagement with the submissions (comments, questions and views). At this stage, each submission will score five points per comment and two points per like.

Round 2: Expert evaluation:

A group of experienced evaluators will evaluate and score the videos, community action plans, team profiles and budgets.

Final Selection

A final tally comprising the scores from the first and second rounds will be used to select the chapters that will receive the grants.

Timeline  

  • Open call for chapter applications: 27 June– 05 September

  • Notification of eligible applications: 5–10 September

  • Deadline for eligible applications to submit documents: 19 September

  • First round of chapter selection (community mobilization): 25 September–8 October

  • Second round of chapter selection (expert evaluation): 10–30 October

  • Announcement of selected chapters: 11 November

Disclaimer  

  • We will acknowledge all submissions but will contact only shortlisted applicants later in the application process. The evaluators’ decision will be final.
  • The GLF, GLFx and the donors reserve the right not to select any applicants if none of the received entries are deemed suitable.
  • The seed grant is a one-time opportunity. GLFx chapters should be self-sustaining, and recipients must demonstrate a substantial level of independence within one year of receiving the grant.
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African Youth Storytelling Contest

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.

SEE BELOW FOR THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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Photo Competition: GLF Africa 2022

GLF Africa 2022: Capturing life and beauty of Africa

Send us your best photos of African landscapes and their communities

Photographers from all over the world, prepare your cameras. We’re now accepting applications for the GLF Africa 2022 Photo Competition. Whether you’re a professional or amateur, nature or urban photographer, we’d love to see your perspective on the beauty and richness of this great continent. 

Take us on a visual journey across the African continent through your camera lenses – from Algeria’s Sahara desert to South Africa’s busy urban skylines, from local communities restoring their land to youth and women creating local solutions and opportunities.

Entries will be accepted until 10 May. Finalists will be announced on 20 May, with the winners announced in June.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Prizes

  • Cash prizes of USD 400 (1st place), USD 300 (2nd place) and USD 200 (popular vote).
  • A  spread and interview in Landscape News.
  • A showcase at the GLF Africa 2022 Digital Conference.

Eligibility

  • The GLF Africa Photo Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or above, whether you’re a photo enthusiast or a professional photographer.
  • By submitting the photo, the participant guarantees that their participation follows the rules and agrees with the terms of this competition.
  • Photos that have previously won other photographic competitions will not be considered.

How to participate

  • To participate, upload your photo here.
  • Each photograph is a single entry.
  • The uploaded file must include the photo’s title and the contributor’s name and contact information, including email address, social media handles (if applicable) and a caption listing the subject and location.

Selection

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the GLF, who will shortlist up to 25 photos from all eligible submissions received during the competition period. Finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity (30%)
  • Photographic quality (30%)
  • Composition (30%)
  • Execution of theme (10%)

The GLF will publish the finalist photos on its online platforms. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite photos, and the submission that receives the most votes will receive the ‘popular vote’ award. The panel will choose first and second prize winners.

 

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