Photo Contest: Take a Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017

Danny Ocampo, 2016 Selfie for Biodiversity Runner Up

Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017

The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-BMB) have decided to partner with the Deutsche Gesellschaftfur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to put the “Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017” photo on display. The move is a way of honoring the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) which occurs on May 22. The two organizations will leave the photo on display for the duration of a contest taking place from May 3 to May 15.

Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017
Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017

The United Nations will direct the international IDBD as an aspect of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB) of 1993. The international event is the organization’s way of increasing global awareness pertaining to biodiversity and the impact that it has on the ecosystem. By increasing awareness, the goal is to teach everyone why they should be involved in the protection of biodiversity.

Photo Contest

The contest, which is a photo contest, centers on the theme of “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.” Scenes included in the contest will involve efforts applied toward sustaining biodiversity and the connection it has to the sustainability of the tourist sector. Photos can include action shots that accurately depict the vigilance of tourist group as they work to protect biodiversity, water, wildlife, forest, and eco tours.

Requirements are that the photos must contain Philippine biodiversity subjects such as land or water animals and unique plants. Photography enthusiasts living in the Philippines who are 13 and older may participate in the contest. Participants can submit their entries using Instagram or Facebook. Participants must also be sure to like the Biodiversity Challenge page found on Facebook at or using an Instagram account at

When joining the contest, participants must provide a short description of their entry photo containing information pertaining to the subject of the pictures, the name and age of the participant, and the hashtag: #selfieforbiodiversity2017. Also, included participants must provide a narrative containing roughly 100 words explaining what they think biodiversity means to them.

Participants should ensure that any photos used for entry were taken within the last year, within a year of the close of the Selfie for Biodiversity contest as of May 2016. All previous entries will undergo disqualification. Participants should submit their entries between May 3, 2017 up until noon on May 15, 2017.

Danny Ocampo, 2016 Selfie for Biodiversity Runner Up
Danny Ocampo, 2016 Selfie for Biodiversity Runner Up

Round Trip Air Travel and Accommodation Arrangements

Contest winner will receive round trip air travel as well as accommodation arrangements for two when visiting any of the biodiversity or protected areas that are within the DENR-BMB jurisdiction or within the GIZ PAME project site. Which excludes the Islands of Batanes. Anyone interested in participating and learning more about the details of the prize are encouraged to visit

Anyone who would like to learn more or obtain a set of complete contest mechanics, as well as other helpful details are encouraged to visit the Selfie for Biodiversity Facebook page, Instagram page, or by calling 02-426 0238, 02-441 8440, or they may also send an email to

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