World Urban Forum Photo Contest

In June 2006, Canada plays host to the World Urban Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia. Participants from all over the globe will discuss solutions to the challenges facing their cities and communities. But we want to do more than just talk we want to show delegates how people are making their cities better places to live.

What it’s all about: In a word, innovation. We want you to show us the thousands of creative ways people living in cities of the south or the developed world are tackling the challenges of urban living. We are looking for the best digital photos that fit under these four themes:

*Cities Feeding People (growing food in urban and peri-urban areas)
*Liquid Gold (productive uses of water)
*Waste Not, Want Not (recycling processes)
*Avoiding Disaster (risk-proofing the urban environment)

Winners will receive one of three cash prizes and an all-expenses paid trip to Vancouver, Canada, including airfare and three nights’ hotel accommodation to attend the photo awards ceremony at the World Urban Forum on June 20, 2006. For more information on the World Urban Forum, please visit

This competition is open to all professional and/or amateur photographers, 18 years or older. Submissions are limited to one digital photo entry per person. Multiple entries will not be accepted. The closing date for entry is Thursday, April 13, 2006.

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a public corporation created to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. For more information, please visit