Metro joins UN’s call to action on climate change

SIGHT:  "Boston Playground" Credit: Claire Vail
One of the 2013 Metro Photo Challenge submissions in the ‘Sight’ Category was ”Boston Playground” by Claire Vail.
Credit: Claire Vail

As the United Nations prepares for next month’s UN Climate Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York City, Metro announces it has entered a global partnership with the peacekeeping organization on the issue of climate change.

On Sept. 23, the day the summit opens, Metro International will launch its 10th edition of Metro Photo Challenge, the world’s largest photography competition.

The competition will be widely promoted to the 18 million daily readers of the newspaper in 24 countries, as well as by the UN’s network of information offices around the world. The photography contest is open to everyone everywhere and will carry the theme “My Green City,” chosen in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change team.

Details of the 2014 Metro Photo Challenge’s theme, categories and grand prize will be announced on the day of the launch on Sept. 23.

Afsane Bassir-Pour, director of the UN Regional Information Center in Brussels, said Metro’s involvement signifies a global willingness to change.

“To quote UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ‘Climate change is not a far-off problem, it is happening now, with real consequences,’” Bassir-Pour said. “But, adds the Secretary-General, ‘change is in the air.’ And Metro International’s decision to dedicate the 10th Metro Photo Challenge to the climate is another sign of this change.”

Metro Photo Challenge was introduced 10 years ago in Sweden and ran globally for the first time in 2007. The contest has become a truly credible and important event for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2013, 40,000 photographers submitted more than 120,000 images, making it the world’s largest photography competition.

“We are excited to partner with United Nations Climate Summit for this year’s Metro Photo Challenge,” said Wilf Maunoir, Director of Marketing for Metro US. “This year’s Challenge will allow Metro readers to express their photographic talent, while reaffirming their green commitment.”



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