Unsung warriors: Breaking the bias for disaster resilience in the Koshi basin
Koshi Basin Initiative
08 March 2022 to
23 September 2022
Neera Shrestha Pradhan & Sharmila Dhungana
Given the urgency of the climate crisis and the multi-hazard nature of our region, it is imperative that we prepare for disaster. That requires leaders to emerge from many corners of society and for them to be supported in these roles. To that end, we seek to identify leaders – in disaster preparedness or response, in community resilience or adaptation – for the Koshi River Basin through a photo contest that collects compelling visual stories to celebrate such individuals.
The theme for this photo contest is “Unsung warriors: Breaking the bias for disaster resilience in the Koshi basin.”
Although intersecting issues of gender inequality and disaster risk reduction (DRR) have been mentioned in global mechanisms such as the Sendai Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals, women and other marginalized groups still face obstacles to lead or contribute to disaster preparedness or resilience-building activities.
With the UN declaring 2022 as the International Year for Sustainable Mountain Development, we would like to acknowledge the struggles and achievements of individuals who have shattered biases while significantly contributing to disaster preparedness and response or enhanced resilience in the Koshi basin. Our sub-themes include the following:
Participants can submit their entries from 8 March 2022 to 23 September 2022. The result will be declared on 13 October 2022 on the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
First prize: USD 500
Second prize: USD 300
Third prize: USD 100
The winners will be given a space to present their story during the Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub (KDKH) annual dialogue, which is a platform that strives to strengthen regional collaboration and deepen the interface among research, policies, and practices in a transboundary setup.
Interested participants are encouraged to submit at least three photos with an accompanying caption of no more than 250 words, preferably written in English. Each entrant may submit up to three entries for any thematic category by properly filling in the image submission form.
For our participants from China, send your entries to:
ICIMOD reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to tamper with the spirit of the digital photo contest; violate the above terms and conditions and exclusionary provisions; or infringe on the rights of third parties. Decisions of ICIMOD are final.
Entries will be judged by a technical panel consisting of experts in the relevant themes as well as experienced professional photographers. Entries will be judged on the following:
Neera Shrestha Pradhan