Instagram Photo Contest: Changing Lives, Capturing Impact

A picture is worth a thousand words. And when the story is about sustainability, clean energy and a low carbon future, there is no better way to tell it than through the camera lens.

Last year, we organized an Instagram Photo Contest leading up to the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF). The contest was a big hit: we received over 500 photo submissions from across Asia. The photos captured how the various ways in which clean energy technologies and energy innovations “on the ground” are impacting the daily life of people throughout Asia.

This year, the theme of our Instagram Photo Contest is “Changing Lives, Capturing Impact”. We are looking for photos that capture the impact—on people, families, and society—in communities across Asia.


  1. Amateur Photographers1 – 2 winners (Grand Prize and Most Likes)
  2. Professional Photographers2 – 2 winners (Grand Prize and Most Likes)
  3. Organizations including YOUTH Groups – 2 winners (Grand Prize and Most Likes)


    Amateur Category

  • First prize: 400 USD
  • Most likes: 200 USD
    Professional Category

  • First prize: 400 USD
  • Most likes: 200 USD
    Youth Category

  • First prize: 400 USD
  • Most likes: 200 USD


  1. The contest is open to all ACEF participants and DMC member countries. Refer to the categories stated above.
  2. Employees of ADB or ACEF partners and sponsors are excluded from the contest.

Submission Rules:

  1. Images must be original and taken personally by the photographer and have not formerly been published, displayed or exhibited, or have won a prize in any other photography contest.
  2. Contestants can submit only one set of photos.
  3. Entries from any digital cameras and smart phones will be accepted. Photographs must be high-resolution enough for printing. (JPEG format - at least 300 dpi)
  4. No manipulation or retouching of photos allowed. Images that have been retouched by using photo editing apps and other software will be not accepted.
  5. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted.
  6. File size: up to 20 MB of image date per work
  7. No entries that have advertising, that include inappropriate images, or that violate any laws are allowed.
  8. Add a caption, in English, of no more than 150 words to explain the photo. Include category (Professional, Amateur and Youth)

How to submit:

  • Submit your photos with the caption and include category that you are apply for (Professional, Amateur and Youth) by uploading them to Instagram and tag ACEF 2019 Instagram account @asiacleanenergyforum using hashtag #ACEF2019PhotoContest.


  • The deadline for submitting photos for this contest is 31 May 2019.

Who will be judging them?

  • Representatives of ADB’s Energy Sector Group will select the top photos (Grand Prize), and an award will also be given in each category for the greatest number of likes (Most Likes).
  • ADB will disqualify any photos from the competition it deems inappropriate.
  • Winners will be announced on 8 June 2019 and photos will be displayed in ADB HQ during ACEF, and on ACEF’s Facebook and Twitter.

If you have questions not answered by the above guidelines, please email us at with the subject line “Instagram Photo Contest”.

1 Photographers who practice photography as a leisure activity and do not sell their photographs commercially.
2 Photographers who are very experience and practice photography commercially.