SEARCA Photo Contest 2020 - Faces of ATTAIN

Food security has been thrust into the spotlight with the ongoing pandemic looming over the future of the entire world. This has caused a spike in interest and curiosity about agriculture in general and how everyone can contribute towards its overall success. Now is the best time to highlight the people working in agriculture and rural development across all SEAMEO member countries and celebrate their resiliency and innovativeness amidst these challenging times.

SEARCA's 14th Annual Photo Contest (2020) aims to capture and spotlight people and milestones that align with the Center's 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP 2020–2025) as embodied in its tagline: Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN).


What to Capture

The 14th SEARCA Photo Contest (2020) with the theme "Faces of ATTAIN" seeks images from across Southeast Asia that showcase people actively involved, contributing to, working towards, or benefitting from the following ATTAIN sub-themes:

Any of SEARCA's 7 ATTAIN Priority Areas, specifically:

  1. Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
  2. Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management (NRM)
  3. Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Transformational Leadership in Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)
  5. Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
  6. Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
  7. EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD

Seven Priority Areas

Any of the 20+ Thematic Focus Areas from the ATTAIN Strategic Framework:

  • Gender and youth engagement in agriculture and rural development (ARD)
  • IT-based education and state-of-the-art pedagogy
  • Transformational leadership
  • Training for Development (T4D)
  • Enabling policies for gender and youth engagement in ARD
  • Integrated long-term macro level policy
  • Operationalizing policy for AGRI 4.0
  • Customized information for decision-makers
  • Circular economy
  • Gender and youth in ARD business transformation
  • Open innovation platforms
  • Go-to market, scaling strategies
  • Incubating and prototyping emerging technologies
  • Tech transfer for AGRI 4.0
  • Sustainable and ecosystems design
  • Customer-centric, impact-centric approach
  • Impact evaluation, monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Gender and youth investment support in ARD
  • Open innovations platforms for investment
  • National long-term investment policy in line with AGRI 4.0
  • Change in mindset
  • Transformational leadership
  • Innovative financial services
  • Gender and youth engagement in agriculture, NRM, and cross-cutting topics
  • Knowledge/information system
  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Customer-centric approach
  • Producer empowerment

Click here to view the SEARCA's Strategic Framework


  1. The 14th SEARCA Photo Contest (2020) is open to all Southeast Asian nationals except SEARCA employees and their immediate family members.
  2. The photo contest centers on the theme Faces of ATTAIN.
  3. All entries must be submitted via the 14th SEARCA Photo Contest (2020) online submission portal during the contest period (1 September to 30 November 2020). Each contestant can submit unlimited number of entries that meet contest specifications.
  4. To minimize cases of plagiarism, contestants will be asked during the submission process to certify that:
    1. they own the photographs submitted and that they grant SEARCA full permission to use it in knowledge packaging, sharing, and advocacy related to SEARCA mandate. SEARCA shall ensure that the photographer will be properly credited for photos used, especially in mass-produced print publications;
    2. the photographs are original, have not won any previous photo contests, have not been published elsewhere (whether print or electronic), and have not been submitted as entries to any other photo contests during the 14th SEARCA Photo Contest (2020) period. The same or similar photos submitted to past SEARCA photo contests may not be submitted again;
    3. that the photos have not been digitally altered and/or enhanced in any way other than simple cropping; and
    4. in case this photograph contains an identifiable child/minor subject, the child's parent/guardian has given consent/permission (written or verbal) to use the photograph for the purposes deemed appropriate by SEARCA.
  5. Entries must be digital, colored, in JPEG format, and at least 3,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image, or 3,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 300 dpi.
  6. Each entry should have the following details in English:
    1. name of photographer and country of origin;
    2. photo caption/description;
    3. place where the photo was taken (include town/municipality, province/state, and country);
    4. complete date taken;
    5. equipment/type of camera used; and
    6. other information that SEARCA may deem necessary to collect for reference purposes.

SEARCA Photo Contest 2020 - Faces of ATTAIN


Relevance to the theme 40%
Technical quality
(clarity, use of tones and color, photographic composition)
Impact (regional flavor) 30%

TOTAL 100%


All entries must be submitted online at on or before 30 November 2020, 11:59 p.m. (GMT +08:00).


  • USD 1,000

    1st Prize

  • USD 800

    2nd Prize

  • USD 500

    3rd Prize

Special Awards

  • USD 500

    SEARCA Director's Choice

  • USD 500

    Philippine Department of Education Secretary's Choice

  • USD 200

    People's Choice
    (via Facebook voting)

Photo credits: Khant Zaw, Anthony Into, and Min Min Soe

Submission closed!

Thank you for participating in the SEARCA Photo Contest 2020!

Watch out for the announcement of the shortlisted photographs via SEARCA Facebook Page coming mid December 2020.