The future of our world is deeply connected to how we build, manage, and live in our cities. Cities contribute to the environmental threats we face as a planet – climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and more – and sometimes aggravate poverty, inequity, ill health and social exclusion. But they also have the power, innovation, resources and drive to solve these problems and help the world thrive.

The United Nations (UN), working with all the world’s governments, has charted a pathway for addressing global challenges. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address 17 areas critical to sustainable development – there’s even one for cities (SDG 11). The countries of the world, including Malaysia, have committed to achieving these goals by 2030.


  • Thrive will use your photos to tell a story about how critical connections are to healthy, sustainable communities, and how recognizing them will help them achieve the SDGs
  • Ten winning pictures will be featured in a new publication
  • Winning photos will also be featured at the 9th World Urban Forum, the major United Nations event focusing on cities, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018


  • All photographs must be taken in a Malaysian city
  • Submissions will be judged in two categories: “Open” and “Young Photographer.” “Young Photographer” submissions are for entrants under 18 years of age and must be accompanied by a parental consent form
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished work by the photographer and must not infringe upon any copyright laws. The submitter must be the sole author of all entries and hold full rights to them
  • Photos that have won awards in other competitions or that have been previously published are not eligible for submission
Eligible Regions: Open For All

Application Process

You can submit your photo directly to [email protected] or apply through the given link.
If submitting by e-mail, please visit their official websites for information.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

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