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MRC Photo Contest Launched!

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 07 Jul 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

Do you have photos that tell stories about the diversity of the Mekong River?

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is holding a photography contest, encouraging amateur photographers to share their images that capture the diversity of the Mekong, from its beautiful nature to various use of water to pressing challenges, to showcase the need for cross-border cooperation for sustainable development of the basin.

The contest is organised in collaboration with the National Mekong Committees of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, as part of the MRC’s Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWRMP). The Project facilitates transboundary cooperation among the lower Mekong countries at both national and basin levels, with the application of the MRC’s procedural rules and tools on water use negotiation, data sharing and river flow monitoring.

Please submit a maximum of 5 photos that highlight:

    • Beautiful features of the Mekong and its major tributaries in the Mekong Basin, and people’s unique lives in their riverine communities.
    • A wide range of demands for the use of the Mekong water and natural resources, such as domestic water supply, fishing, farming, flood control, hydropower generation, river transport, and tourism.
    • Impacts of urbanization, infrastructure development and climate change on the Mekong’s ecosystems and people’s lives, and various efforts made to minimise those impacts.


    • 1st best image: $500 in cash, gold medal with certificate
    • 2nd best image:  $300 in cash, silver medal with certificate
    • 3rd best image: $200 in cash, bronze medal with certificate
    • 4 country-based outstanding images: $100 in cash with certificate
    • 5 other highly rated images: certificate  

Winning photographers will be invited to an award ceremony hosted by the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2017. Winning images may be displayed and featured in the 2018 MRC’s IWRMP calendar and other visual products. 


The contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages. Participants must be a citizen and resident of one of the MRC’s member countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam. 

Please Download:

  1. Photo Contest Poster in English, Khmer, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese
  2. Submission Requirements, Terms and Conditions and Copyright Matter in English, Khmer, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese
  3. Application Form in English, Khmer, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese

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