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Application Deadline

July 31, 2023


UNESCO calls on young people around the world, to pick up their cameras and send their best photos to the 5th edition of our Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads contest.

The UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads photo contest is part of the Organization’s Silk Roads Programme and Social and Human Sciences Sector. It promotes photography as a tool for encouraging cultural interaction, helping build mutual understanding, and promoting peace amongst the people living in the regions connected by the Silk Roads.


This year, the themes are Architecture, Monuments, and Urbanism. Entries may focus on either of these, while concentrating on mutual influences shared by people along the Silk Roads.

Photographers interested in exploring the theme of Architecture, Monuments, and Urbanism along the Silk Roads might capture the:

  • Grandeur of ancient and medieval cities along the Silk Roads, including their monumental citadels, temples, mosques, and palaces;
  • Internal architecture and designs of the historic monuments and places;
  • Mix of architectural styles and motifs found in the Silk Roads cities, reflects the diverse artistic influences across the region;
  • Modern cities and monuments that continue to reflect the legacy of the Silk Roads, such as towering skyscrapers and museums;
  • Impact of urbanism and architecture on the people and communities of the Silk Roads, from traditional neighbourhoods to modern urban sprawl;
  • Role of architecture and urbanism in promoting sustainable development and cultural heritage preservation along the Silk Roads, and its impact on local communities.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.

UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. Political and economic arrangements of governments are not enough to secure the lasting and sincere support of the peoples.


  • Three winners in each age category will receive a professional camera. First place winners will receive a professional camera. Second place winners will receive a semi-professional camera. Third place winners will win a standard-model digital camera.
  • In addition, around 60 of the best photos from the contest will appear in a professional photo album and will be showcased in an exhibition held in various locations around the world (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).


Open to everyone between 14 and 25 years old, regardless of his or her country of residence.

How to Apply

Interested persons should visit the official UNESCO website to apply.

By Arnold

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