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My Climate, My Future

1. ESSAY COMPETITION on Climate Change in India: Sponsored by the European Union Delegation to India and The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

The essay competition is open to students studying for an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree or graduate (Master's) degree in a recognised institution of higher education whether public or private. M.Phil and Ph.D students are not eligible to take part in the competition.

Essays must be submitted by 5.00 p.m., August 16, 2015, to both the followings email IDs:

[email protected]

[email protected]

All entries must have the subject line: EU-THC Essay Competition

(Nothing else should be mentioned in the Subject Line)

The format should be as follows: single line between paragraphs, single spacing between lines of a paragraph, and 12 point Times New Roman font.

The marking scheme will be as follows:

Originality 30%

Research 20%

Argument 30%

Presentation 20%

Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarism or canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.

The competition is open to Indian passport holders, resident in India.

Employees of the EU Delegation, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, and their immediate families will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

The evaluation and selection of winners would be concluded by September 2015, and the winners announced in October 2015. Before the announcement, winners will be asked to present satisfactory proof of their eligibility in the form of a photo identity card. If necessary, the organisers will contact the institution in which the student is registered for further confirmation.

Winning essays will be published on the print and digital media of the organisers with the names of the authors.

The winners' trip will be a group tour scheduled so as not to interfere with exams. While individual constraints will be considered, their acceptance cannot be guaranteed.

The decision of the organisers and judges on all matters will be non-negotiable and final.


Your photograph may address the impact, challenges and solutions associated with climate change at any scale, from your everyday life to the world around you. Are you angry, powerless and scared or hopeful and inspired to take action? … Grab your camera, phone or tablet and show the world how you feel about the climate.

What does climate change mean to you ? Let your imagination flow and tell your story in a single photograph!

Your work of art can range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes.


The participant must be an Indian resident, aged 18 or older.

1.1 Copyright

The submitted photo must be an original work authored by the participant.

The participant declares and warrants that:

o the material is their own

o no one else apart from the participant has copyright or any intellectual property right on the submitted photo

o the submitted work does not infringe the copyright or intellectual property rights of someone else.

The participant hereby grants the European Union a non-exclusive right to use the submitted photo free of any charge for non- commercial purposes for the European Union web page, social media platforms and printed publications.

The participant remains the owner of the copyright of the submitted work(s).

The photo will be credited appropriately each time it is reproduced or communicated to the public by the European Union.

If the winning photo contains recognisable images of children, the photographer will be asked to send a model release form, signed by the parents or the legal guardian of the minor, giving authorisation for the use of the photo.

2. Project period

The project will begin on Wednesday 17 June 2015 and will end on 17 September 2015. The winner of the jury prize and public prize will be announced in October 2015.

3. How to participate

Participants are limited to one contest entry per campaign.

Only users who submit a photo be required to fill in the qualification form: voting participants may vote and leave without answering any qualification questions.

The photo has to be at least 72 dpi resolution, but 300 dpi is highly recommended

The Minimum resolution is 1024 pixels on the longer side (horizontal or vertical) but 2048 is highly recommended. Maximum resolution can go up to 9933 pixels, in .jpg format

Maximum file size must not exceed 5 MB

The photo can be edited and manipulated by the participant. This means that the presentation of the motif may be manipulated in colour or composition (montage, collage, retouching etc.) to differ from the original motif. Re-sharpening and correction is also permitted.

4. Data Protection

The participant hereby grants the European Union a non-exclusive right to use the submitted photo free of any charge for non-commercial purposes for the European Union web page, social media platforms and printed publications.

Participants must be able to provide proof of their identity, age and place of residence in such a way that the European Union can check and disqualify entries for any breach of the rules.

5. Selection of winner

Public Prize – Based on the maximum number of 'likes' on a photograph, the owners of the top 2 photographs will be declared as the 'Climate Photo Prize' winners.

Jury Prize – The photographs will be judged by our special editorial committee, together with our photo editors. After selection, 2 photographs will be declared as the ' Climate Photo Jury Prize' winners.

6. Award

We love to encourage of winners of Photo Contest to keep clicking! That's why, this time we will award our 4 winners with a Canon EOS 700D camera plus 18-55mm and 55-250mm Lens! Happy clicking!

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