Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is my country part of the Silk Roads?

A: The Silk Roads originates in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.  It then passes through the Central Asian sub-continent, the Russian steppe, the Iranian and Anatolian plateaus, and the Arabian Peninsula. It also stretches through North Africa and Northeast Africa, from Tanzania to Morocco.  Moreover, it goes through Eastern and Southern Europe, before reaching France and Spain. (Please see the map here.)  

Q: How do I enter the competition?

A: First, visit the official website and create a profile. You must submit at least one image to enter.  Afterward, you will have the opportunity to choose a maximum of 20 images that illustrate the following themes: culture, landscape, monuments, and people.

Captions for each image or series of images must be included in English.

Please find further details on how to upload an image below.

Q: How old do I have to be to enter?

A: Anyone aged 14 to 25 (at the time of entry) may enter the competition in one of the two categories:

   14 to 17 years old

   18 to 25 years old

Q: Do I need my parents’ permission?

A: If you are under the age of 18, you will need a parent or guardian’s permission to enter the competition.

Q: How much does it cost to enter?

A: The competition is free to enter.

Q: When does the contest officially begin, and when is the closing date?

A: The contest officially begins on 11 April 2018, and entries must be submitted by 11.59.59 p.m. (GMT) on 22 July 2018.

Q: How do I upload an image?

A: Click for more details.

Q: How many images can I upload?

A: You can upload a minimum of one image and a maximum of 20 images. You must enter at least one image for one of the four themes.

Q: How do I know if the uploading worked?

A: After submitting your images to the website, you can review how many you have uploaded by logging into your account.

Q: Can I post a CD with my images or send prints of my images?

A: No.  Images can only be submitted online by uploading a digital file.

Q: Can I make changes to my entry once the photos have been uploaded?

A: No.  Once your images have been uploaded they cannot be changed.

Q: What are the prizes?

A. See full prize terms and conditions

Q: Who is judging the competition?

A: Entries will be judged by a Selection Comittee  and an Advisory Board of international photography and art experts. The judges’ decisions are final.

Q: How will the entries be judged?

A: Photographs will be judged on their originality, creativity, photographic quality and relevance to the themes: culture, landscape, monuments, and people.

Q: When will the winners be announced?

A: Competition winners will be announced online on 30 August 2018.

Q: Can I crop or edit my photo?

A: Only minor burning, dodging, cropping and/or colour correction is acceptable, and you must clearly note what changes have been made in the image description.

Q: What size image shall I upload?

A: All uploaded digital images should be at least 1.500 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1.500 pixels tall (if a vertical image), and must be in JPEG or JPG format. All entrants must be able to supply a high-resolution image, suitable for printing in media or exhibition display, if selected.

Q: Can I use an image that I have used before?

A: Yes, provided that it has not won a prize in another competition.

Q: If I have a question that isn’t answered above, who can I contact?

A: If you have any other questions about the competition, please email: SilkRoadsPhotoContest@unesco.org