January 23, 2017

PFIP Photo contest to create awareness on financial inclusion

KEEN photographers have been invited to hone their camera skills and capture striking images that reflect the theme ‘Growing Financial Inclusion’.

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has launched a photo contest with this theme, designed to inspire creative Pacific citizens.

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers from countries where PFIP programmes operate: Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The contest provides the public an opportunity to communicate visually and relate their experiences regarding the economic, developmental, and technological challenges facing their countries.

PFIP Manager, Mark Flaming, said the intention is to build awareness and understanding of financial inclusion for various sectors of the community.

“PFIP works in the area of financial inclusion in the Pacific because we firmly believe that access to appropriate financial services is a first step for low-income and disadvantaged groups to improve their quality of life,” he said.

“This photo contest is an excellent opportunity for us to better understand the human connection of what Pacific Islanders feel is important on the topic of financial inclusion in an increasingly interconnected world. We encourage people to engage with the theme and interpret it creatively.”

Mr Flaming said without access to safe and affordable financial services that meet their daily needs, many low-income households in the Pacific have difficulty managing their money and making investments.

Effective tools for saving, sending, and borrowing money and mitigating financial risks can help people weather setbacks and achieve greater financial stability over the long term.

By entering the competition, photographers have the opportunity to win great cash prizes and the privilege of gaining exposure for their photos by being featured on PFIP’s website and communications material.

Those interested in entering can visit PFIP’s website to register: www.pfip.org/newsroom/pfip-photo-contest/

The contest is open now and closes on February 28.  Winners will be announced on March 15.