Landlinked Fellowship Program: United Nations calls for submissions from Young storytellers from Landlocked Developing Countries.

Are you a young person between 18-35 years old from a landlocked developing country (LLDC)? We are looking for passionate and creative storytellers from LLDCs to submit digital content (photos or videos) showcasing the compelling stories and unique experiences of young people in these nations.
A selected number of fellows will be fully funded to participate in the 3rd United Nations Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries to be held in Kigali in June 2024.

Why we need young storytellers
from the Landlocked Developing countries.

As the world keeps changing, we cannot risk leaving young people behind. They are the engines of change. But emergencies like climate change, poverty and inequality are stopping too many from achieving their full potential. Young people in landlocked countries need more jobs, access to technology and a healthier environment.

LLDC3 in Kigali will be where world leaders will come together to shape a new action plan to achieve a better, more sustainable future for all. No one is excluded. This decision will have an impact on the lives of millions of young people, and it is your right to have a say and forge it!

This is YOUR chance to be a changemakers, but we need to hear from YOU!

How does living in a landlocked developing country affect you? How do you feel about your prospects for work and for life? What must happen to make things better? Who inspires you to make positive change?

We need your ideas, stories and your vision! Simply post your content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn with the hashtag #LockedOut, telling us which LLDC you are representing and tag us – so we can see your post

Elegibility, requirements and information

This call for submissions is open to young people between the ages of 18 to 35 from the 32 landlocked developing countries: Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bhutan; Bolivia (Plurinational State of); Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Central African Republic; Chad; Eswatini; Ethiopia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Lesotho; North Macedonia; Malawi; Mali; Mongolia; Nepal; Niger; Paraguay; Republic of Moldova; Rwanda; South Sudan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uganda; Uzbekistan; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

How do you know if you are a storyteller?

A storyteller is anyone who can tell compelling stories. If you use social media, you are probably already telling stories with photos and videos every day! You do not need to be a professional photographer or videographer; what matters most is your ability to convey meaningful narratives through visuals. If you have a passion for storytelling and can showcase your skills through video or photography, this call is for you.

Selection process: what we are looking for

We look for authentic and compelling storytellers who can capture the essence of life in Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) through visuals.

The best entries will be selected according to the quality of the storytelling (i.e. arguments, good writing, composition of the image), although the selection panel will take into particular consideration entrants whose native language is not English. All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges. The panel’s decision will be final.

What are the requirements for your story?

• Participants must have created the entry by themselves.
• Entries can be videos or photos, but use your imagination to make them unique! However, all entries must follow the following specifications:
  • Videos – 1080p resolution, no longer than 1 minute 
• Images – in JPG or PNG format, minimum 800 x 800 pixels. 

What’s in it for you

Selected entrants will join the Landlinked fellowship program in the lead up to the 3rd UN Conference on LLDCs to be held in Kigali in June. Fellows will receive professional cameras, training, and mentorship to increase their storytelling skills. A select group of fellows, chosen to ensure geographical diversity, will be fully funded to exhibit their work at LLDC3 in Kigali which is set to be one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in 2024.

Apply Now:

You can submit your visuals till 8 March, 2024.

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