World Bank's #OneSouthAsia photo contest asks what would an integrated South Asia look like ?

9 August 2018 - 46   - 0

The World Bank's One South Asia photo contest is currently underway and invites South Asians to share their vision for a more integrated South Asia.

The details for the competition which were initially posted on the World Bank Blog are as follows:



RESULTS: September 10, 2018

Home to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions, with a population of 1.67 billion people and an average 7.1 percent growth rate.

Yet, South Asia remains one of the least integrated regions: Intra-regional trade accounts for only 5percent of South Asia’s total trade; Intra-regional investment is smaller than 1 percent of overall investment.

A more integrated South Asia offers the potential to better connect people, increase trade, and boost prosperity for all.
What does One South Asia mean to you? What is your vision for One South Asia?
Does it mean:

  • Easier visa requirement to travel the region?  
  • More direct flights between South Asian countries?
  • A vast South Asian free trade area?
  • A connected energy grid across South Asia?
  • A yearly South Asian cultural festival
  • More educational exchange programs?
  • A common currency?
  • A daily regional newspaper?

Or something else?

Snap a picture, caption your vision of One South Asia, and send it to us.


The 5 winners of the #OneSouthAsia Photo Contest will be featured on the World Bank One South Asia webpage as well as on World Bank social media channels.

They will also receive a certificate of appreciation and a signed copy of the upcoming World Bank report: A Glass Half Full – The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia.
Eligibility Requirements:

The Contest is open to nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, or those residing in any of these countries
Individuals are limited to one submission each
Active staff of the World Bank group, including Consultants, Interns, Contractors, are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

Submission Rules:
Each photo submission must answer the following question – What is your Vision of One South Asia? Caption should be sent as text in the email
The photograph needs to be in hi-resolution and not more than 5 MB.
The caption must be written in English and not more than 2 sentences or 30 words
The caption should be accompanied by the hashtag #OneSouthAsia
The participant’s name and country should be clearly mentioned in the submission.
Entries should not include photos of people who did not explicitly give their permission to use their image.

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria: clarity, scope, and relevance to the topic, creativity and photographic quality of the photo
All photos must be submitted through email: onesouthasia@worldbank.org, with the subject line: #OneSouthAsia Photo Contest 2018

The last date of submission is August 25th - 5 PM Washington DC Time
The entrant will have all ownership rights to the photo. The World Bank will have non-exclusive, royalty free and worldwide rights to share the winners’ photos through its various channels for a 3-year duration
Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the Contest

Judging Panel and Process:
The judging panel will comprise of 5 members from the World Bank’s South Asia team
Family members of judges are not allowed to participate
The top 5 winners will be notified through the One South Asia webpage and social media channels

The 5 winners of the #OneSouthAsia Photo Contest will be featured on the World Bank One South Asia webpage as well as on World Bank social media channels
The 5 winners will receive a certificate of appreciation and a signed copy of the upcoming World Bank report: A Glass Half Full – The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia
Rules and Regulations:

These rules and regulations (“Rules”) for the #OneSouthAsia Photo Contest 2018 (the “Contest”) are part of the Terms and Conditions of Use & Privacy Policy (the “Terms and Conditions”) that govern the websites where information about the #OneSouthAsia Photo Contest 2018 is located. The contest is administered by the World Bank Group in Washington DC.

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