Third annual online photo competition at UNWTO.ORG/WTD


UNWTO is excited to announce its third annual online photo competition to commemorate World Tourism Day 2009 under the theme, Tourism: Celebrating Diversity, hosted in Ghana, on September 27, 2009.

The global online photo competition is open to all people of all ages. Its goal is to gather photos that reflect tourism as the vehicle that bridges cultures, intensifies understanding, and fosters peace. The best photos will be featured in UNWTO News, our website, and exhibited during the ITB Berlin Tourism Fair 2010 where the five winners will be announced.

What kind of photos are we looking for?

For UNWTO, Tourism Celebrating Diversity refers to how travel impacts our lives by allowing people to connect and share values and traditions that foment peace and understanding.

We are looking for pictures that capture how diversity enriches our lives. We appreciate photos that reflect the value of sharing different customs and the important role responsible tourism plays in promoting respect for different traditions and support to local communities.

Diversity is essential to the tourism industry, which in turn plays an important role in improving relationships between nations, reflecting the opportunities available in this globalized world. Tourism benefits greatly from the variety of cultures and environments across the globe and is itself a far-reaching and diverse industry. As a major creator of employment, tourism aims to sustain both the diversity and development of poorer countries.

Read the UNWTO World Tourism Day 2009 Message at


To participate register and upload your pictures at Five prizes will be awarded. The first prize is a round trip and accommodation to Ghana, and the four runners-up will be awarded with a digital camera.


The deadline for participation is January 30, 2010. World Tourism Day is a thematic event that is held every year on September 27. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contributions the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.