Dear Parents/ Guardians,

The Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB), in collaboration with Embassy of Canada to China, are excited to announce:

Encounter Nature: Biodiversity in the Lens — Youth Biodiversity Photography Competition.

We would like to invite students from Grade 8 to 12 to participate in this competition that will explore biodiversity in action and support a sustainable future. The final submitters will also take part in a roadshow around China to a number of AKD schools, promoting education about biodiversity and change for the future.

Co-organizers

Embassy of Canada to China & Canadian International School of Beijing 

Description: Biodiversity Student Photo Challenge  

Biodiversity loss and climate change are intrinsically connected. While nature is at risk because of climate change around the world, nature is also a critical ally in the fight against climate change.

In October 2021, world leaders gathered in Kunming, China virtually for the first phase of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) to agree on a new set of goals for nature over the next decade. The second phase will be held later this year.

With the background of the upcoming second phase of COP15 and Canada’s priority on conserving biodiversity, the Embassy of Canada to China and Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) will co-organize the “Encounter Nature: Biodiversity in the Lens——Youth Biodiversity Photography Competition” in the AKD school network, aiming to raise awareness and highlight the importance of youth engagement on biodiversity conservation and fighting climate change.

We are all a part of the biodiversity of our planet. We depend on biodiversity for our survival and well-being. Learning about the importance of biodiversity is critical for its conservation and sustainability. In this competition we encourage students to capture the beauty of nature in their lens. You can be an important part of protecting biodiversity for a sustainable future in harmony with nature. 

Photo descriptions

The photo submissions must feature biodiversity. According to the National Geographic Society, biodiversity refers to the variety of living species on Earth, including plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. While Earth’s biodiversity is so rich that many species have yet to be discovered, many species are being threatened with extinction due to human activities, putting the Earth’s biodiversity at risk. Read more at; https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/biodiversity/.

Photo Submissions details

       Pictures must be 3510 x 2490 pixels or greater.

       Entries must include; Full Name, Preferred Name, Grade and Nationality.

       Each submission must have a description of 100 words maximum in English or Chinese.

       All photos are to be taken and submitted by Grade 8-12 students.

       Date due: March 16th, 2022.

       Please email entries to: marketing@cisbeijing.com.

Great opportunity for students

The competition’s finalist photos will go on a roadshow touring five other schools in China to be displayed for a week at each school. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students to explore photography and promote Chinese and Canadian biodiversity.

We will be working with Canadian Geographic and renowned Chinese photographers to help judge the competition for a great cause.

Facts!

Canada is committed to protecting 25 percent of Canada’s lands and 25 percent of its oceans by 2025 and working toward 30 percent of each by 2030. Canada is championing the development of an ambitious post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with clear targets and actions as a way of focusing the world’s collective efforts to stem the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of nature. 

During the first phase of COP15, China announced that it will take the lead by investing 1.5 billion RMB to establish a Kunming Biodiversity Fund to support biodiversity protection in developing countries. China also officially designated the first group of national parks, a move to further improve the national park system amid the country’s nature conservation efforts.

For any questions, please contact:

Megan Sinclair – Head of Admissions and Marketing at CISB  

Megan.sinclair@cisbeijing.com 

+86 10 64657788 ext.6181 

Or 

Mr. Fei – Art Teacher, Middle/ High

kaiwen.fei@cisbeijing.com