Call for entries: Youth and Land Contest

Everyone has a relationship to land. That includes the youth, too. They represent both a target group for land access and drivers of change within the land sector. However, they have been infantilised and left out of the land conversations, yet they too need the resource in order to access to loans, to build their houses and to set up small businesses in cities. In rural areas, land for this age group is essential for livelihoods, subsistence and food security. The connection between youth and land needs further exploration in order to identify the challenges and identify areas of engagement in order to ensure that tools are designed to secure land and property rights for all.

Youth and Land: What’s your story?

Do you have a story to share on your connection to land? What’s your challenge: tenancy, ownership, access or inheritance?

Entries can be:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY – A series of six images
  • DOCUMENTARY – A four-minute film
  • ANIMATION – A four-minute piece

Submit photographs, documentary about the youth challenges in cities today, using your area as an example, to address the youth and land connection. They could:

  1. Present the challenges young people face as concerns land and provide solutions.
  2. Identify the underlying issues that prevent the full inclusion of youth in the land agenda.
  3. Views of what can young people, working with their peers, community, local authorities and municipalities (can) do to increase youth participation in the land agenda.

We encourage you to give personal experiences and practical solutions.

Contest Guidelines:

  1. The International youth and Land Contest is open to all young people, students and non-students alike, between the ages of 18 and 32, from all countries of the world.
  2. Submissions should be original and must not be previously published.
  3. Submissions must be accompanied with content title; name of author, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address(s), nationality, sex and age as of 2 September, 2012.
  4. Non-English contributions must be accompanied by English subtitles or captions where applicable.
  5. All photography entries must be submitted with an accompanying 300-word introduction and sent via e-mail in jpeg format to with a copy to with the subject headline YOUTH AND LAND CONTEST 2012
  6. Video and Animation Contests must be properly labelled, high quality submissions with format indications on the cover and submitted via post to: GLTN Secretariat, Facilitated by UN-Habitat, P.O. Box 30030 Nairobi Kenya. ATT : YOUTH AND LAND CONTEST 2012
  7. Submissions must be authored by one person. Co-authored submissions will be disqualified.

Deadline: Entries must be received by 30 October 2012 to with a copy to

Awards: Authors of the top two submissions in each category will be invited to participate in a Global Land Tool Network training and meeting on Youth and Land as Youth Champions

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