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International Year of Plant Health 2020


In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year serves as an opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

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Photo Competition


Calling all avid photographers to participate in recognising the importance of plants in our daily lives.

In 2020 the International Year of Plant Health is being celebrated around the globe and it is a great way for us all to celebrate everything about plants and promote plant health. The seed industry plays a critical role in ensuring plant health by implementing strong phytosanitary practices at every stage of seed production – from laboratory, to field, to market.

Please join the South African Seed Association (SANSOR) in helping shine a light on the importance of plant health in ensuring safe, quality seed.! Whether you are a professional or an amateur, SANSOR is on the hunt for photos concerning plant health. In particular, photos showing the damage caused by plant pests and diseases and how plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment or boost economic development.

SANSOR invites you to enter our photography competition with a chance to win a GoPro Hero 7 Action Camera. There is a story behind every photo. Frame your view and help us open the window to Plant Health awareness.

Submit your photograph that depicts
the idea of one of the following:

Healthy Plants:

Free from pests
(diseases and insects)

Unhealthy Plants:

Not free from pests
(diseases and insects)

surrounding the Plant:

Landscape/plant and animal communities

Factors affecting
Plant Health:

Sunlight, temperature, carbon
dioxide, water and minerals

Terms and Conditions

The competition is free and open to both amateur and professional photographers of all ages.

Photographs to be emailed to, along with the completed entry form. Download the entry form here.

Photos must be submitted in JPEG or JPG -format, maximum 5MB in size. Photos should not be smaller than 2 500 pixels wide.

Each participant may submit up to four (4) photos.

The deadline for entries is 15 January 2021.

No late entries will be accepted.

The Photos will be voted on by a panel of judges and prizes awarded for the top 10 photographs.

The results will be announced on the SANSOR website in February 2021. Winners will be notified in advance by email.

The selection process will be held under strict conditions of anonymity. The decision made by the panel will be final.

Please read the detailed Terms and Conditions below before submitting any photos.

General Rules, Copyright and Privacy

By submitting entries to the competition, Entrant confirms that the General Rules, Copyright and Privacy have been read, understood, and agreed to by the Entrant.