WIPO Photography Prize
WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Youth
Exhibition of Shortlisted Entries in MEG Garden
This exhibition presents the perspectives of young photographers from indigenous peoples and local communities around the world on the climate crisis and the action they are taking to mitigate
its impact. The photographs displayed are the work of the 30 finalists of the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022.
Themed Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses, the WIPO Photography Prize encourages Indigenous and local community youth to capture and communicate their perspectives on the climate-related challenges confronting their communities – while raising their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs.
The WIPO Photography Prize was organized by WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division. It was conceptualized and designed in consultation with representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities, youth, governments, organizations and individuals working on climate change, biodiversity, photography, intellectual property, media and entrepreneurship. To make the competition accessible to as many young people as possible, entrants were not required to use professional photographic equipment.
As part of its exhibition “Environmental Injustice – Indigenous Peoples’ Alternatives”, MEG is partnering with WIPO to present the shortlisted photos from this competition.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 193 member states. WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. The Organization is headquartered in Geneva.
WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective global intellectual property ecosystem to promote innovation and creativity for a better and more sustainable future for all.
WIPO’s engagement with indigenous peoples and local communities began in late ’90s. The organization works with indigenous peoples and local communities and governments in a number of ways to promote and protect genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions The WIPO Photography Prize is a part of this work.
MEG and WIPO’s collaboration
Since 2021, MEG has been partnering with the Traditional Knowledge Division at WIPO with the view to promote and better protect the traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions of indigenous peoples and local communities.