Climate Change Storytelling Contest

Deadline: 11 October 2015
Open to: journalists working in the developing world
Prizes: two winning journalists will cover the climate conference in Paris


The United Nations Development Programme Office (UNDP) is accepting entries for the contest on climate change that aims to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change on people and communities as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments in vulnerable developing countries.

The contest provides young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), while building their capacity, and providing recognition for excellence. Authors of the top two stories will be funded to attend and cover COP21.


Journalists working in the developing world are invited to submit their stories on climate change. Journalists must meet the following criteria in order to enter the contest:

  • Entrants must be aged 35 or under on the closing day of the call for entries;
  • They must be working in low and middle income countries, please refer to the World Bank list of countries;
  • They must contribute regularly to a recognized print and/or online media as staff or freelance contributor.


Following selection, different stories will be published every day from 2 to 29 November. The two winning journalists will cover the climate conference in Paris.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 11 October 2015. To apply applicants should send an email to indicating their intention to participate. Following documents are necessary for application:

  • Application form;
  • Story (stories are expected to be 600/1000 words long and include at least 5 pictures embedded in the text);
  • Scanned copy of print article certified by editor or link to the online media page attesting of the effective publication of the story;
  • Letter from editor confirming the interest and tentative date of publication (if the story is not published by October 11th).

All documents are to be sent to Entries can be submitted in English. Entries in French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese are also accepted but should be accompanied by an English-language translation.

For more information please visit the official website.

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