The impacts of climate change are becoming more severe over the world, to the point where UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on July 21, 2023, “We are past the era of global warming and we are now experiencing global boiling.” UN Secretary-General Guterres used those words to call for urgent measures to halt the trend, comparing the hotter-than-usual July to temperatures over the course of the century. According to a research released by the Annual Review of Environment and Resources (2012), the food systems generate 19–29% of the global greenhouse gas emissions through methane and nitrous oxide, putting the agricultural sector under pressure. Fortunately, the agricultural industry has the key to solving the climate change conundrum. Agriculture may contribute to the fight against climate change by modifying farming methods in accordance with the circular economy and carbon farming principles from the farm to the family dinner table.

The 17th SEARCA Photo Contest (2023), with the theme Regenerating agri-ecosystems, lowering “global boiling,” seeks Southeast Asian images that highlight agricultural practises and technologies that lessen pressure on natural resources, combat climate change, and recycle or re-use byproducts to reduce waste. Ideal photo entries would feature farmers and farming families, scientists, creators, even young people employing technology and methods in the field. The visuals could be a result of crop cultivation, livestock and animal husbandry, or fisheries experimentation or production in the agricultural sector.

Photos may depict technologies and practices:

  • That increase productivity, yield or income for farmers and farming families in crop cultivation, livestock, or fishery while reducing wastes;
  • That make crops or livestock more sustainable and resilient against unfavourable environments such as drought, flood, and salinity as well as resistant to pests and diseases among other stresses;
  • That are developed by local communities or the youth using indigenous materials or tribal knowledge that aims to conserve resources or reduce, re-use, or recycle farm wastes;
  • And images that foster partnerships resulting in breakthrough agricultural technologies and innovations or sustainable knowledge and technology transfer to farmers and farming communities.

Criteria for Judging:

  • Relevance to the theme: 40%
  • Technical quality (clarity, use of tones and colour, photographic composition): 30%
  • Impact (regional flavour): 30%
    TOTAL: 100%





Cash Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: USD 1,000
  • 2nd Prize: USD 800
  • 3rd Prize: USD 500
  • SEARCA Director’s Choice: USD 500
  • Philippine Department of Education Secretary’s Choice: USD 500
  • People’s Choice Award: USD 400
  • Best Youth Photographer: USD 300


  • The 17th SEARCA Photo Contest (2023) is open to all Southeast Asian nationals (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam) except SEARCA staff and their immediate family members.

Eligible Regions: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.

Application Process

  • Visit “Apply Link” and click on the “Submit Now” button.
  • All entries must be submitted via official website during the submission period. A contestant can enter an unlimited number of entries for as long as these meet the photo contest specifications.
  • Each entry should have the following details in English:

    1. Photographer’s full name, age range, and gender;
    2. photographer’s country of origin;
    3. photographer’s professional status;
    4. photo caption;
    5. place where the photo was taken (include township/municipality, province/state, and country);
    6. complete date taken; and
    7. other information that may be deemed necessary for reference purposes.
  • Entries must be digital, coloured, 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.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2023

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