Southeast Asia-wide photo contest focuses on emerging agricultural innovations for the next generation

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The 2022 edition of the annual photo contest launched by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is looking for striking images of agricultural innovations in Southeast Asia. East.

Themed “Emerging Agricultural Innovations for the Next Generation”, the SEARCA Photo Contest is open to Filipinos and nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore , Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

“We are looking for images that show technologies and innovations that are modernizing and transforming agriculture and rural development towards increased food supply and security,” said SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio.

He explained that SEARCA wants to receive photos that “feature farmers and farming families, researchers, inventors, students and young people using technologies and innovations in the field in production and agricultural experimentation.

“Photos of agricultural innovation can be anything across the broad spectrum of cropping, animal husbandry or animal husbandry and fishing,” Dr Gregorio added. These may be images that show agricultural inventions or innovative new ways of doing farming that increase the productivity, yield or income of farmers and farming families in the fields of cultivation, farming or fishing.

“Agricultural innovations or technologies can also include products and services that have a positive impact or change for farmers and farming communities,” Dr. Gregorio explained. The agricultural innovations or technologies featured in the photos may also be those developed by local communities or young people using indigenous materials or tribal knowledge.

Additionally, Dr. Gregorio said entries can also be photos that capture “climate-smart or eco-friendly innovations and technologies that make agriculture more sustainable and resilient to typhoons, floods, pests and diseases”.

Photographs submitted to the competition must be original, must not have won previous photo competitions, have not been published elsewhere (print or electronic) and have not been digitally altered or enhanced.

There are eight categories of winners in this year’s SEARCA Photo Contest. Along with the first through third place winners, there will also be awards for SEARCA’s Director’s Choice, Philippines Secretary of Education’s Choice, People’s Choice Award, Best Agricultural Innovation or Technology, and Best young photographer.

All applications must be submitted online through the SEARCA website by November 30, 2022.

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