Show off your photography skills this summer by sending your shots of EU regional funding in action.
The photographs must be of projects receiving support from the European regional development fund (ERDF) or the cohesion fund. The images must show the project sign – look for a board displaying the EU flag and funding information.
The funds help the EU’s less developed regions modernise and respond to the challenges of a globalised world economy. Funding is used to develop the skills of local workforces, encourage entrepreneurship, improve infrastructure and protect the environment, for example.
You can enter the competition either as someone working for an organisation receiving EU regional funding, or as a member of the public – there are two separate categories. You will need to join Facebook to enter if you do not already belong to the social networking site.
To start, find a project – in your home region or further afield.
In the autumn, two winners will be selected in each category, one by the public through an online voting form (voting begins on 27 August and ends on 7 September).
A jury will pick the other winners. Photos will be judged on aesthetics, creativity and relevance to EU regional policy.
Each winner will receive €1 000 to spend on digital camera equipment and a trip for two to Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities (8-11 October).
Also, take photos of EU-funded projects in your region for a chance to win camera equipment worth 1000 € plus a trip for two to Brussels.
Whether you’re at home or abroad, keep your eye out for projects and have your camera at the ready.
The deadline for entries is the end of August!