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Montanha international Photo Contest

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The winners photos will also be used in the organization´s website and marketing materials, always crediting the artist.

The United Nations General Assembly designated December 11th "International Mountain Day" 15 years ago. Since 2003,  this day has been observed each year in order to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, in order to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain environments and peoples around the world.

"Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration" is the theme chosen for this year´s celebration of International Mountain Day. As a partner, MiratecArts also adopted the theme for the International Photography Contest.

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under many threats, such as climate change, land degradation, overexploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.Mountains are early indicators of climate change and as global climate continues to warm. Mountain people, some of the world´s hungriest and poorest, face even greater struggles to survive. Climate change, climate variability and climate-induced disasters, combined with political, economic and social marginalization, increase the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food shortages and extreme poverty. Currently, about 39 percent of the mountain population in developing countries, or 329 million people, is estimated to be vulnerable to food insecurity. As the vulnerability of mountain populations grows, migration increases both abroad and to urban centres. Those who remain are often women, left to manage the farms but with little access to credit, training and land tenure rights. Out-migration from mountain areas will also result in an inestimable loss in terms of provision of ecosystem services and preservation of cultural and agrobiodiversity. Investments and policies can alleviate the harsh living conditions of mountain communities and reverse out-migration trends from mountain areas."

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST  Finalists will be announced December 11th and the works take part in an exhibition on the island of Pico, Azores. The winners also receive a future solo exhibition (if they wish) and will be invited to participate in a MiratecArts program in Pico island.

Conditions of participation:  - Participation is open to any person over 18 years old.  - Works must be submitted until November 1st, 2017, via

The photographs presented, maximum of three per participant, may be in color, black-and-white or sepia. Must be original unmanipulated except for color transformation for B & W or sepia, tweaking contrast, brightness and reframing.  -

Photos should be submitted in digital format JPG or JPEG, with dimension of at least 2000 pixels on the longest dimension. 

Photographs should be accompanied by a maximum of 1200 characters (without spaces) specification, according to the contest theme.
The message/email for entering the competition should also include: 

The title of the photo / s; 

The identification of the location of the photo; 

Name and contact of the photographer.

The finalists photos will be printed for the exhibition only and not for sale.

Mountain Pico Festival is an arts celebration taking place in January on the island of Pico, Azores. Programming is subject to the "mountain" theme.  MiratecArts aims to enhance individual, team and organizational productivity in the world of artistic culture.

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