The EU-Funded Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is offering the chance for talented and creative photographers to showcase their work to a broader audience.

Photographers, both professional and amateur, are invited to submit work that showcases MARKUP’s commitment towards supporting smallholder farmers, strengthening regulatory frameworks and creating awareness on food safety issues; divided into six (6) categories.

The six (6) categories, are as follows:

  1. MARKUP Focus Value Chains: These are french beans and snow peas, mangoes, passion fruit, chilies, nuts, herbs and spices.
  2. Quality Infrastructure: QI is the system comprising the organizations (public and private) together with the policies, relevant legal and regulatory framework, and practices needed to support and enhance the quality, safety and environmental soundness of goods, services and processes. It relies on metrology, standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment, and market surveillance. In the MARKUP context, photos in this category should illustrate laboratory testing activities or images of agricultural goods with the KEBS standardization mark.
  3. Food Safety: Food safety describes handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. Photos in this category should show proper handling of fresh produce from the farm level, down to the consumer.
  4. Trade: Photos in this category should illustrate trade activities, be it in a market setting, supermarket, or e-commerce. Also, relevant would be capturing transportation of produce to the marketplace.
  5. Women in Agriculture: MARKUP recognizes the key role women play in rural development and is committed towards empowering their economic growth. Photos should show women participating in agricultural activities at any stage of the value chain.
  6. Youth in Agriculture: Although there is a huge market potential on horticulture, farming population is aging. Photos should show individuals in the age group of 18-30 years, participating in agricultural activities at any stage of the value chain.

For the 1st Overall Prize, the winner will receive KSh 75,000 and each winner in the 6 categories will receive a Cash Prize of KSh 25,000. All the winners will also receive a Certificate from MARKUP.

A wider selection of images from the six categories will be showcased on the MARKUP Kenya social media accounts. The image with the most likes on the MARKUP Facebook page will qualify for the People’s Choice Award, with a Cash Prize of KSh 50,000 and a Certificate from MARKUP.

The winning images will be selected according to:

The degree to which the image conveys the themes in the categories.
The images overall visual impact, creativity and originality.
Compliance with the technical requirements and recommendations.
Image Rights
The authors of all the submitted images will retain the copyrights to their work.

By submitting their images, authors grant EU-EAC MARKUP the right to use the submitted images for non-commercial and visibility purposes, always crediting the authors.

The competition is open to photographers based in Kenya. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.

The photographers must be the authors and copyright owners of the images submitted in their name.

Entries must be submitted through an online link (Dropbox, WeTransfer, google drive, etc.) to and will be accepted until midnight EAT on 15th June 2021

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