World Cotton Day Photo Contest Winners Will Be Flown to Geneva; Deadline for Entries Extended

For Immediate Release 

Date Posted: 9 September 2019


Executive Summary

The World Cotton Day Photo Contest:

  • Will recognise winners in four categories during the World Cotton Day celebration on 7 October at World Trade Organisation headquarters in Geneva
  • Has been funded to the point where the event organisers will be able to provide airfare and hotel accommodations so the winners can be recognised in person
  • Has an extended deadline due to the funding announcement; all submissions are due by 16 September

World Cotton Day Photo Contest Winners Will Be Flown to Geneva; Deadline for Entries Extended

The founding organisations of the inaugural World Cotton Day celebration, scheduled for 7 October 2019 in Geneva, have announced that the winners in the four Photo Contest categories will be brought to World Trade Organisation headquarters to display their work. In addition, the deadline for submitting entries has been extended by one week due to this major announcement. All photo submissions must be emailed to by 16 September.

‘The World Cotton Day organisers are extremely pleased to announce that we have received sufficient funding to provide airfare and hotel accommodations to each of the category winners so they can attend the celebration’, said ICAC Executive Director Kai Hughes. ‘The Photo Contest is a critical aspect of World Cotton Day, and the four categories represent visual proof of cotton’s diversity and global importance.

‘Cotton provides income for as many as 250 million people annually, many of them in the least-developed regions of the world. The amazing images we’ve received already show just how flexible the cotton plant is, as well as highlighting its crucial role to women and poverty alleviation. The winners deserve to be recognised in person at the WTO headquarters for their efforts in helping to promote cotton for the benefit of people everywhere’, he said.

Photo entries are being accepted in the following four categories:

  1. 'From the Field': This category includes everything that on a common farm, from sowing to when the fibre leaves the farm gate.
  2. 'To the Fibre': This category starts at the gin and includes ginning, logistics, controlling, spinning and trade - everything that happens from the gin to final product.
  3. 'Made with Cotton': This category covers all final goods made from the cotton plant - not only fibre but stalks, cotton seed oil and various cotton by - product as well.
  4. 'Women in Cotton': This covers the entire cotton supply chain and focuses on the critical role women play in the cotton and textile value chain

The launch of World Cotton Day has been organised by the ICAC, the World Trade Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

World Cotton Day links:

General Information:

Registration (by 20 Sept.):

Photo Contest (free and open to all):



About the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. The ICAC does not have a role in setting market prices or in intervening in market mechanisms. For more information, please visit