Rural Landscapes present a palimpsest of elements, being the first frontier of urban sprawl development and the intermediate zone between natural and manmade landscapes. They are very important for food and ecosystem services production and the development of cities as they exhibit the first fundamental elements of anthropogenic system organisation. The EU’s rural areas cover 83% of the EU territory and almost 1 out of 3 Europeans live in rural areas (source: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_24_1727).

Land uses like agriculture mobility networks, nature pockets, villages and dispersed settlements, conventional tourism and agro-tourism create a unique, multifunctional pattern and people in rural landscapes are of various categories; farmers, shepherds, loggers, simple citizens living in small cities and towns, tourists, travelers etc. Agricultural landscapes have shaped Europe for centuries, yet there is a continuous shift from the primary sector to the secondary and tertiary one. With agricultural landscape and numbers of farmers declining in rural landscapes, small farms disappearing and other target groups and land uses actively entering the rural zone, how can one maintain a healthy, active and vibrant character of rural landscape

In reference and as a continuation to the successful ‘Rural Landscapes Photo Competition of 2022’, IFLA Europe and its Agricultural Landscapes Working Group are proud to launch the second photo competition entitled ‘People in Traditional Agricultural Landscapes’ which emphasizes on the value, the fundamental and formative role of people in rural and agricultural landscapes.

IFLA Europe Agricultural Landscape Working group invites professionals and non-professionals to submit images on that theme in an attempt to emphasize on the fundamental role of man in rural traditional agricultural landscapes.

Who is making the call and why

IFLA EUROPE Agricultural Landscapes Working Group is launching an open call for images aiming at exploring functional agricultural landscapes in Europe, with an emphasis on organic and traditional agricultural practices. This competition aims at a) raising awareness of the public on the strong connection between man and agriculture, man being the designer, carer of rural landscapes, b) the importance and value of agricultural and rural landscapes in everyday life c) creating records of threatened systems, traditional small farms that are endangered, d) environmentally friendly uses in rural landscapes i.e. agrotourism, social farming, farmhouse pre-school /nursery, i.e. activity contributes to the goal of adding to efforts at the European level to create a European inventory of agricultural heritage systems ( i.e. GIAHS* guidelines, EUCALAND Atlas of Agricultural Systems).

Who can participate

The competition is open to the citizens of IFLA Europe Members (https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/national-associations), to the citizens of the EU 27 Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Türkiye and citizens under the Stabilization and Association agreements: North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

· The photos must be taken in the countries mentioned above.
· All participants must be 18 or older.
· You must have full copyrights to the submitted material.
· You must submit Rights Release
· By submitting an entry, you will be presumed to have agreed to accept the Competition rules and the Terms and Conditions.

How to participate?

Participants are asked to submit an image/ photograph (at least 300 dpi) with a person/people in the traditional agricultural landscape. Traditional system, is meant as a sustainable, productive landscape of special identity, an expression of the coevolution between people and environment, nature-culture. The cultivating/producing technique and eventual other activities (agrotourism, i.e.) must be briefly described, and the exhibition of the relation between local community and landscape is strongly encouraged.

The applicants need to send the following material:
1. Filled in APPLICATION FORM in word format with required information (Annex A)
2. RELEASE OF RIGHTS DECLARATION duly signed (Annex B)
3. ONE PHOTO (in two formats: minimum 300 dpi, one photo 800px for website and one photo 4000px for printed version.
4. Your entry (photo) in A5 POSTCARD format in ppt and pdf format (Annex C).

1. Filled in Application form (Annex A) in Word with the following information (please scroll to the bottom of the text to download the form):
Which of the following criteria are satisfied? Flag the answers. Please provide a short description of the characteristics (300 words). Please ensure the high quality of English.

The explanation of different criteria is given below:

- Food and livelihood security
The proposed agricultural system contributes to food and/or livelihood security of local communities. This includes a wide variety of agricultural types such as self-sufficient and semi-subsistence agriculture where provisioning and exchanges take place among local communities, which contributes to rural economy.

- Agro-biodiversity
Agricultural biodiversity, as defined by UN FAO (*) as the variety of animals, plants and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture, including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. The system should be endowed with globally significant biodiversity and genetic resources for food and agriculture (e.g., endemic, domesticated, rare, endangered species of crops and animals).

- Local and Traditional Knowledge systems
The system should maintain local and invaluable traditional knowledge and practices, ingenious adaptive technology and management systems of natural resources, including biota, land, water which have supported agricultural, forestry and/or fishery activities.

- Cultures, Value systems, Recreational Values and Social Organisations
Cultural identity and sense of place are embedded in and belong to specific agricultural sites. Social organisations, value systems and cultural practices associated with resource management and food production may ensure conservation of and promote equity in the use and access to natural resources. Such social organisations and practices may take the form of customary laws and practices as well as ceremonial, religious and/or spiritual experiences.

- Landscapes and Seascapes Features
Landscapes or seascapes that have been developed over time through the interaction between humans and the environment, and appear to have stabilized or to evolve very slowly. Their form, shape and interlinkages are characterized by long historical persistence and a strong connection with the local socio-economic systems that produced them. Their stability, or slow evolution, is the evidence of integration of food production, the environment and culture in each area or region. They may have the form of complex land use systems, such as land use mosaics, water and coastal management systems.

2. Release form – Annex B
The copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with the respective participants. However, each entrant grants the IFLA EUROPE and its partners the right to use the submitted materials in its communication crediting the copyright owners. The photographer guarantees that the consent for action related to a picture of a person in a public place has been granted.

3. Annex C – POSTCARD

FORM:
Country: please fill in the name of the country where the photo was taken
Region:
Which kind of agriculture, forestry and livestock, agro-foresty, rural scenery, agro-tourism settlement, social farming and other activities integrating the farmers income,choose and tick what kind of agriculture is shown on the photo.

Short description of the characteristics:
Please provide a short description (130 words) of the systems/landscape photographed with a reference to the individual /community effort, seasonal or all year round tasks, traditional or conventional.
Name and @mail of the participant:
Institution/Association:

Please save your documents in the following format:
- Application: imagetitle_your name_application.doc (max 20 characters)
- Postcard: imagetitle_yourname_postcard
- Release of rights: imagetitle_yourname_releaseofrights

Please use the same name for all your material.

Please send your Application together with Release form, two formats of the same photo and PPT format postcard by EMAIL to
IFLA EUROPE Secretariat
Daniela Micanovic-Franckx, Executive Secretary
competition@iflaeurope.eu

JURY
- UN FAO-GIAHS Programme - Clelia Puzzo
- European Commission, Directorate General AGRI
- EUCALAND representative (Csaba Centeri, President)
- ELO - European Landowners’ Organisation (Representative)
- IFLA Europe Agricultural Landscapes Working Group (Representative)

The judges will look for a creative, engaging and inspiring submission. The entries will be judged on:
- Relevance of the entry to the competition topic
- Significance level and uniqueness of the people and rural landscape submitted
- Creativity expressed through the photo and the description

The organisers and judges reserve the right to remove any entries from the competition that they feel may breach any of the Competition rules, the Terms and Conditions or may bring the competition into disrepute. Such entries will be disqualified.

Award:
1st prize 500 € monetary prize

DEADLINES

20 April 2024 - Launch of the competition
20 August - Deadline for sending entries
20 September - Jury review
20 October 2024 - Proclamation of the winner at IFLA Europe General Assembly in Budapest.

Confidentiality and protection of personal data
The personal data you provide in the submission form of the IFLA Europe Rural Landscapes Image competition is processed in accordance with regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament (OJ L 295/39 of 21.11.2018) and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. No personal data is shared with third parties. All participants must be 18 or older. You must have full copyrights to the submitted material. One entrant may submit maximum one entry in the competition. Competition submissions must not include any endorsements of products or services, or any obscene, violent, racist or defamatory content. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the formal specifications will be automatically disqualified. Submissions may also not be accepted into the contest if the image in the entry features an identifiable individual who has not given their consent to appear or if the image features advertising or trademarks, which would otherwise require the IFLA Europe to obtain permission to use. Members of IFLA Europe Executive Council and Agricultural Landscapes Working Groups are not eligible to participate in the competition.

If you have any questions, please contact Daniela Micanovic-Franckx, IFLA Europe Executive Secretary by mail competition@iflaeurope.eu.





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