The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is organized as part of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme, this photo contest aims to raise awareness among youth about the relevance of the shared heritage of the Silk Roads in modern times. 

The first edition of the international contest, took place from 11 April to 22 July 2018. In total 6,625 photos were submitted by young girls and boys from 100 countries along the Silk Roads. The young photographers were invited to take photos that represent the Silk Roads heritage for them within four major themes of “Culture, Monuments, Landscape and People”. 

This initiative benefited from the kind support and valuable advice of the renown photographer and humanitarian Reza.

The award ceremony of the contest took place on 21 September 2018 in Beijing (China) on the International Day of Peace, in close collaboration with the partner of the contest China World Peace Foundation.

Throughout the contest, the photos were examined by an international selection committee composed of six renowned professionals.

You can have a look at the 2018 winners gallery here.

From this contest, the "Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads" travelling photo exhibition presenting the 57 best photos was set up. It was exhibited for the first time as a side event during the award ceremony in Beijing. These photos were also presented during various travelling exhibitions around the world (Oman, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Russian Federation, UNESCO HQ in Paris and Turkey). This exhibition was also organised at the venues of international conferences such as the "World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue" in Baku, Azerbaijan on 2-3 May 2019, and the "Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations" in Beijing on 15 May 2019.

In addition, a professionally printed photo album displaying the best submitted photos from the first edition was published in February 2019. The photo album “Youth Lens on the Silk Roads” aims to reflect the diversity of youth’s perspectives and impressions on the shared heritage of the Silk Roads.