#MyAfricanHeritage UNESCO Instagram Photo Contest 2019

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) invite entries for the #MyAfricanHeritage Instagram Video Contest.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

#MyAfricanHeritage UNESCO Instagram Video Contest

Specially conceived for young people between the ages of 18 and 28, #MyAfricanheritage is an online contest aiming to promote the exceptional cultural and natural heritage of the African continent. Each participant will post a video of an African site inscribed on the World Heritage List along with a brief description of the site’s significance to the participant and his/her personal experience during the visit.

Post your video about an African World Heritage site using the hashtag #MyAfricanHeritage and stand the chance to win one of our prizes.

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

#MyAfricanHeritage Prizes

  • 1st Prize

A 6-month internship with the African World Heritage Fund in Midrand, South Africa.

The prize includes

  • Return air tickets to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Stipend
  • 2nd Prize

A trip to South Africa to visit the World Heritage site of Robben Island.

The prize includes

  • Two return air tickets to South Africa
  • Ground and ferry transportation to Robben Island
  • Full board accommodation on the island for 3 days for 2 people
  • Entrance to the World Heritage site and a guided tour

Selection Criteria

Entries to the #MyAfricanHeritage Instagram video contest will be evaluated keeping in mind the following criteria:

  • Creativity

Is the video original and aesthetically pleasing? We are looking for creative stories!

  • Content

What is your connection to the site? The World Heritage site should be clearly identified in the video.

  • Composition

Does it capture the exceptional character of the site?

How to Apply

Share your video of an African site inscribed on the World Heritage List with the hashtag #MyAfricanHeritage and follow UNESCO on Instagram to have the chance to win one of the prizes.

The winners of the competition will be announced on the African World Heritage Day, 5th May 2018.

Deadline: 20th May 2019


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