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My Corruption-Free Africa

Competition rules and conditions

My Corruption-Free Africa is an online competition that encourages African youth to participate in a writing and/or photography challenge based around the theme of anti-corruption.

  1. Eligibility: any African youth between the ages of 16 – 30 may submit an entry into the competition. Employees of Corruption Watch are not eligible to enter the competition or win awards.
  2. The competition opens on 9 December 2014 and will close on 27 February 2015. All entries must be submitted within the competition deadlines to be considered.
  3. Application process – participants will submit their entries to
    1. First round: The public votes – all eligible applications, as approved by an internal selection committee, will be made available on The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece and the top 60 entrants (30 for writing and 30 for photography) will go through to the second round. Wildcards will be introduced to increase the chance of applicants from less ICT-enabled countries, who by definition will have a more difficult time crowdsourcing votes. The wildcards will be decided upon by the internal selection committee.
    2. Second round: Independent panel selection – two independent panels will be nominated by Corruption Watch to review the entries and a winner, with two runner-ups, will be selected in each category.
  4. Winners will be announced on 17 April 2015
  5. Participants may enter both the writing and photography competition, however they may only submit one entry per section.
  6. Each blog entry or photograph must be the entrant’s original work, in its entirety, and must not infringe on the intellectual property or other rights of any third party, regardless of their origin. It is the entrant’s responsibility to clear all aspects of copyright.
  7. Corruption Watch reserves the right to disqualify any applicant that infringes the copyright or other intellectual property rights of third parties. Corruption Watch is not responsible or in any way liable for any violations of copyright or any other unauthorised use of images/graphics/video or other content of submitted entries.
  8. Any entry containing rude, unlawful, discriminatory or sexually explicit, libellous material, or containing hate speech or imagery, will not be accepted.
  9. Decisions taken by the selection committee should be considered final and cannot be appealed.
  10. Winning entries may be published on any of the Corruption Watch channels. Corruption Watch reserves the right to publish all or any of the non-winning stories on its channels. The publication may also include edited versions of the original pieces.
  11. By entering this competition, applicants give Corruption Watch the right to use, without restriction, any of the entries, in whole or part, and in any manner or medium, for promotional, in-house, publicity, and any other not-for-profit means. Participants agree that a condition of entry into the competition is the assignment and transfer of these usage rights, including but not limited to the display, distribution, publishing, transmission, copy, reproduction, or production of derivative works.
  12. By entering this competition, applicants agree to give Corruption Watch the right to use the entry and the copyright without any fee.
  13. Participants further agree that Corruption Watch may add its logo to their works
  14. Participants do not waive their intellectual or moral property rights by entering the contest, and will therefore retain the right to be identified as the author/creator of their entries.
  15. By submitting your entry, you agree to all of the competition rules and conditions.


Winner – $1 000
1st runner-up – $500
2nd runner-up – $250

Deadline: 27 February 2015.

Download the competition rules in PDF format.