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About PhotoHKH

Capturing change across the Hindu Kush Himalaya

With its vast reserves of snow and ice, the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) source ten large Asian river systems that provide water and ecosystem services to more than 210 million people and supply water downstream to more than 1.3 billion people. The region’s immense cultural and biological diversity provide livelihoods and sustenance across eight countries.

What happens in these mountains affects over one-fifth of the world’s population.

Climate change, rising frequency and intensity of natural disasters like floods and droughts, and other challenges are increasing the vulnerability of mountain people to food shortages and extreme poverty. And as the vulnerability of mountain communities grows, migration abroad and to urban centres increases, often leaving women behind to manage the household and take on additional agricultural workloads. Building resilience is critical not just for the mountain communities, but also for Asia as a whole.

Through compelling stories and images, PhotoHKH aims to draw attention to the change happening in mountain areas of the Hindu Kush Himalaya and inspire action to protect this important resource and improve the lives of mountain people.

Participants can submit photos to two different contests. Photo stories consisting of between 5-10 photos should be submitted to the ResilientHKH Photo Story Contest, and single photos should be submitted to the Mountains Under Pressure: International Mountain Day Photo Contest. Please see details below.