18th April 2018

DHAKA, April 18, 2018 (BSS)-The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today launched a photo contest on Instagram to showcase how clean energy is being applied and used to the benefit of developing Asia and the Pacific.


The online photo contest, which will be held using the hashtag #ACEF2018, is part of the lead-up to the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2018, the region's key knowledge sharing event on clean energy issues, industry trends, and developments, said a media release.


ACEF 2018 is co-organized by ADB, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Korea Energy Agency, and the ADB Institute.


"As clean energy technology matures and becomes more accessible, it is changing the life of the people in Asian developing countries," said Yongping Zhai, Chief of ADB's Energy Sector Group. "We are holding this photo contest to demonstrate what change looks like on the ground."


The contest is open to nonprofessional photographers, of any age from ADB member countries. Images must be original and taken personally by the photographer, not previously published, and showcase clean energy: people, places, or infrastructure related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, increasing energy access, or energy innovations that are "on the ground" and affecting daily life in developing Asia and the Pacific. Contestants may submit as many photos as they like.


To enter the contest, participants are requested to post the photographs to Instagram account using the hashtag #ACEF2018 and tag @asiacleanenergyforum.


Photos can be posted between April 18, 2018 and May 18, 2018. Winners will be announced on June 6, 2018, during the forum.


First prize winner will receive $500, second prize winner will get $200, and third prize winner will take home $100. Special prizes await other winners as well. Winners will be judged on the merit of their content or on the number of Instagram likes. To see full rules, prizes, and to get information on the contest, interested participants are asked to go to this link.


ADB's efforts to support clean energy form a cornerstone of its larger strategy to respond to the threat of climate change. Clean energy offers a win-win solution of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions while meeting developing Asia's need for new and expanded energy sources.


In 2017, ADB invested over $2.3 billion in clean energy projects using a broad range of technologies and applications, ranging from rooftop solar in cities to converting municipal waste to energy. ADB has a target to reach $3 billion yearly in annual clean energy financing by 2020.


The Asia Clean Energy Forum 2018, with the theme, Harnessing Innovation to Power the Future, will be held from 4-8 June 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The forum has been held annually since 2006 and draws a large and diverse audience of clean energy experts, project developers, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, development partners, civil society organizations, and members of the academe.

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