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Your Soil Pollution Story: Nationwide Photo Contest

By Vicky T. Dimaano
October 29, 2018

The BSWM's #StopSoilPollutionPh Photo Contest is open to all Filipino youth around the country who are 15-30 years old.

Share your #StopSoilPollutionPh story by joining the Photo Contest!

In observance of the World Soil Day 2018 on December 5, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) is calling on all amateur photographers to share your #StopSoilPollutionPh story.

Show us how you, your community and your environment are affected by soil pollution in any of its dimensions (agricultural, chemical, waste, industrial, or any other related to soils).

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, "soil pollution" refers to the presence of a chemical or substance out of place and/or present at a higher than normal concentration that has adverse effects on any non-targeted organism.

Soil pollution often cannot be directly assessed or visually perceived, making it a hidden danger. As a "hidden danger" right below our feet, soil pollution turns out to be underestimated affecting everyone - humans and animals.

With the theme, "Be the Solution to Soil Pollution," this Photo Contest aims to raise awareness on the existence and gravity of soil pollution in the country and advocate for addressing it urgently, including its hidden causes and effects.

Mechanics of the Photo Contest:

  • Take a photo that showcases your #StopSoilPollutionPh story.
  • Photos should be sent by email to from October 29, 2018 to November 16, 2018 up to 5:00 pm.
  • All entries will be deliberated/shorlisted by the Committee.
  • Qualified photos shall be posted in the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Facebook Page on November 21 - 30, 2018 up to 12:00 nn.
  • The top 3 with the most number of likes will win the contest. Only "likes" shall be counted.
  • Winners will be announced during the BSWM World Soil Day 2018 Celebration on December 5, 2018 and notified through e-mail.


  • Each participant can submit up to 3 pictures.
  • Photos must represent soil pollution in the Philippine setting.
  • The entry must be the entrant's original work. Photos may have been taken at any time prior to the contest launch.
  • The entry's minimum size is 1500 x 2100 pixels, 300 dpi. It must not exceed 7MB and should not contain dates/text.
  • Along with the photos, participants must indicate the following information:
    Full Name
    Date of birth (15-30 years old)
    Contact number
    Email address
    Caption and description (max of 150 words)
    Location (town and province) and date when the photograph was taken
  • The entry must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party. This means that the photo should not contain a trademark or logo of another company.
  • The participants need to acknowledge that the BSWM may use the photograph without any compensation to the participant or persons appearing in the photo, in any and all media, throughout the world, in perpetuity, including derivative works.
  • Entry in this contest represents consent to use the photo in future BSWM publications without further compensation.
  • The BSWM reserves the right not to accept entries which are deemed irrelevant to the theme of the World Soil Day 2018.

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