2023 Climatelinks Photo Contest: July 11, 2023 – August 7, 2023

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The Climatelinks 2023 Photo Contest theme is USAID’s Climate Strategy in Action: Confronting the Climate Crisis Across Sectors. Climatelinks is looking for submissions that show the breadth of issues, impacts, and solutions to climate change across 13 categories. Submissions will be open starting July 11, 2023.

The main categories are listed in bold below. Examples of submissions under each category are also noted. For images containing any identifiable individual, a release form will be requested upon submission.

Agriculture and Food Systems 

  • Climate-Resilient Agriculture
  • Food Security

Biodiversity Conservation

  • Wildlife
  • Landscape/seascape conservation
  • Community engagement
  • Fisheries
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Natural Resource Management

Democracy, Rights & Governance

  • Corruption
  • Governance/Civil Society
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Defenders
  • Climate Justice

Humanitarian Assistance (Currently DRM)

  • Conflict
  • Migration
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Loss and Damage


  • Learning Outcomes
  • Education Infrastructure
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)


  • Renewable Energy
  • Microgrids
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Data/Technology/Innovation

Climate Finance and Economic Growth

  • Circular Economy
  • Private Sector Engagement
  • Livelihoods

Green Cities

  • Resilient, Low-carbon Infrastructure
  • Ocean Plastics
  • Urban


  • Air Quality
  • Heat
  • Nutrition
  • One Health

Natural Climate Solutions

  • Forest Conservation
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Mangrove Restoration
  • Forests and Livelihoods

Water and Sanitation

  • Water Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Gray water

Gender, Equity, & Social Inclusion

  • Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
  • Locally-led Development
  • Gender and Social Inclusion
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
  • Children, Youth
  • Self-determined Development
  • Locally-led Climate Action

**Photo submissions captured from June 2022 until July 2023 will be accepted.**

You may submit up to five images complying with the contest rules and requirements. Entries will be judged on relevance, composition, originality, and technical quality. Winners will be selected overall through an evaluation panel composed of USAID staff and the Climatelinks team.

The contest runs until August 7, 2023. Winning photos will be announced in Fall 2023, subsequently featured in Climatelinks communications, highlighted on the website’s topic pages, and showcased in the Climatelinks photo gallery.