ADB launches #GMS25 Instagram Photo Contest

By Nga Vu - Jan 08, 2018 | 05:22 PM GMT+7

TheLEADERThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just launched a photo contest on Instagram to showcase the development progress in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and demonstrate how a focus on increased regional cooperation and integration can improve people’s lives.

ADB launches #GMS25 Instagram Photo Contest

The online photo contest, which will be held using the hashtag #GMS25, is part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the GMS Program. GMS countries are Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the GMS, we would like to take stock of the achievements of the regional cooperation and give a clear image of how it changed the lives of the people living along the Mekong for the better,” said Cuong Minh Nguyen, an ADB Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist and Unit Head of the GMS Program. “We’re hopeful that the photo contest will showcase this and provide encouragement for the future work of the GMS.”

The Trang An cave complex in Ninh Binh province. Photo: courtesy of Mekong Moments

The first prize winner will receive US$500, the second prize winner will get US$200, and the third prize winner will take home US$100. 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, go to this link

The contest is open to non-professional photographers, of any age from ADB’s member countries. Images must be original and taken personally by the photographer, not previously published, and showcase daily life in the Mekong subregion and how lives have changed in the last 25 years. Contestants can submit as many photos as they like.

Terraced fields in Longji Township of Longsheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Photo:

To enter the contest, post the photograph on your Instagram account using the hashtag #GMS25 and tag @ADB_HQ. Photos can be posted between 8 January 2018 and 9 February 2018. Winners will be announced on 20 February 2018.