International year of family farming 2014 Photo Competition

International year of family farming 2014 Photo Competition

Visualizing the potential and contributions of family farmers worldwide

The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) highlights the decisive role of family farming in the sustainable production of 70% of the world's food and in the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. The IYFF-2014 photo competition collects visual expressions to build stronger recognition and support for family farming, and encourage broad participation in the IYFF.


The IYFF-2014 photo competition is calling for photos that represent the motto: Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.

Entries must visualize the strength, potential and challenges of sustainable, multifunctional family farmers worldwide, in all their diversity and contexts.

A jury consisting of Angèle Etoundi, Bernward Geier, S. Jayaraj, Tomás Munita, Deo Sumaj and Jun Virola will choose the winning photos. The deadline for entries is 1 May 2014, but we appreciate receiving photos earlier. The winning photos will be announced in October 2014.

Your entry can be submitted by clicking below, or by sending your photo to


The photo competition is open to everyone. We particularly encourage farmers, women, and young people to participate.

By submitting your photo, you agree to the rules and criteria. Read more.


The jury will choose a total of seven winning photographs: one first price and six second prizes, one for each continent. Five "popular choice" photos will be selected by the public through an online voting system. The winning photos will be announced at the end of October 2014 during a special IYFF event.

There are cash prizes for the winners: 400 euros for the first place photo; 200 euros for each second place photo; and 100 euros for each ‘popular choice’.


A high profile jury selects the best photos for the 2014 IYFF Photo Competition.

Six people, coming from different continents, including younger and older, male and female photographers/artists, food activists, and farmers –all of them acquainted with photography. Their work is a voluntary contribution to the IYFF- 2014.

Bernward Geier (Germany, 1953) is, among other things, journalist, political activist and member of the Future of Food Commission and involved in Slow Food. He lives on a small organic farm and after serving for over 18 years as Director in IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), he is today Director of the consulting agency COLABORA-let's work together.

S. JayaraJ (India) is a renowned painter, photographer and documentary film maker. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards to honour his work, including the Pride of India Award (2012), the National Achievement Award for Best Artist (2010) and the Best Multifaceted Media Artist Award (2010). His paintings can be found in private collections all over the world.

Angèle Etoundi EssambaANGÈLE ETOUNDI
Angèle Etoundi Essamba (Cameroon, 1962)'s work has been presented in museums, fairs and galleries in Africa, Europe and the United States. As a young girl, she went to Paris and The Netherlands where she received her education. She is a committed artist involved in her creative practice, in a reflection on the identity of the woman, in the respect of the individual, in the struggle for humanity. In her work, she breaks from stereotypical representations of an Africa torn by famines, epidemics and wars, instead celebrating the cultural richness and diversity of the continent. Etoundi Essamba gained international recognition with exhibitions all over the world and in a number of publications.

Tomás Munita (Chile, 1975) is an independent documentary photographer with a major interest in social and environmental issues. He has worked as a photojournalist in various countries all over the world and received a lot of prestigious prizes with his work, including World Press Photo awards in (2006 and 2013), the Chris Hondros Fund Award (2013), LatinAmerican Photographer of the Year Poyi (2013), Visa D'or Daily News (France) for his coverage of the Syrian conflict (2012).

Deo Sumaj is the secretary of the National Indigenous Peasant Movement of Argentina. She is also a leader of MOCASE-VC, the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero Via Campesina. Deo Sumaj has always worked on communication and education within the struggle for peasant family farmers and justice in Latin America.

Jun Virola (Philippines) is an expert on communication, knowledge management and knowledge sharing. In charge of these areas within the Asian Farmers' Association (AFA), he also participates in several training programs in close contact with Asian family farmers


World Rural Forum
World Rural Forum logoThe World Rural Forum Association (WRF) is a forum for meeting, analysing and observing rural development, in cooperation with universities and other educational or research centres, with farmers' associations and with NGOs which have solid links with grass-roots organizations. The WRF plays a key role in coordinating civil society around the International Year of Family Farming. and

AgriCultures Network
AgriCultures Network logoThe AgriCultures Network builds and shares knowledge on small-scale family farming and agro-ecology. With members in Brazil, China, India, Kenya,the Netherlands, Peru and Senegal, the network has been producing regional and global magazines on sustainable farming for over 20 years, reaching about half a million readers globally today. In addition, the AgriCultures Network supports documentation, advocacy and learning on family farming and agro-ecology.

In close cooperation with
Asian Farmers Association
CLOC/ La Via Campesina
The More and Better Network