Invitation to participate

The International Labour Organization, Disabled Peoples’ International and Irish Aid would like to invite all photo enthusiasts to participate in an Asia-Pacific Photograph Competition under the theme “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”.

The competition has been created to raise awareness of United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons on the 3rd December 2007, with the aim of promoting an understanding within the Asia Pacific region of disabled persons and their right to decent work. Decent work is defined as “work that meets people's basic aspirations, not only for income, but for security for themselves and their families, without discrimination or harassment, and providing equal treatment for women and men.” Decent work is productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

The human rights of disabled persons are enshrined in many international instruments, most recently in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the General Assembly in December 2006. The ILO has promoted the rights of disabled persons to decent work for decades through its conventions, recommendations, the ILO Code of Practice for Managing Disability in the Workplace and many technical cooperation activities.

Competition entries must be digital photographs of disabled people in the work environment or in some role where they are advocating for their right to decent work. The photos can be of people with physical, intellectual, sensory or psychosocial (psychological or psychiatric) disabilities; their disabilities may be obvious or invisible. It is essential that the subject(s) of the image has given their permission for the photograph to be submitted as it may be used in future publications.

The Competition is open to all residents over the age of 18 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Each photograph must be submitted with a caption of no more than 100 words describing the photograph, nature of disability and link to decent work as well as the date and place the photograph was taken.

Closing date for entries is 12:00 noon, 21st November, 2007 (Bangkok). The awards will be announced on the 29th November 2007 at an Awards Ceremony in Bangkok.

The competition carries a first prize of US$1,000, second prize of US$500, and a 3rd prize of US$250.

The Judging Panel will be chaired by a leading international photographer, as well as representatives of ILO members and constituents to include disabled persons, government, employers and trade unions.

All entries must be digital photographs and submitted online with a completed submission form available at, or by mail on CD to: International Labour Organization Photo Competition, Jigsaw Communications, 32 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

For more information about decent work and people with disabilities consult the following ILO web sites:

Decent Work:
Disabled Peoples’ International:
United Nations Enable:
ILO Disability and Work:
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: