Budding photographers are being encouraged to enter an international competition for pictures best illustrating animal health and welfare work.
The competition is run by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which said it was aiming to visually and creatively show the importance of the work done to protect animal health and welfare worldwide through the implementation of OIE International Standards.
“The winners of the 2017 OIE photo competition will therefore be the photographers who best illustrate, both from an artistic and a descriptive point of view, the work carried out by animal health and welfare players, in particular by veterinary services both in their public and private components, to protect animal health and promote animal welfare worldwide in the context of the OIE standards’ implementation, thus ensuring public health,” said a spokesperson.
Photos should highlight the human and animal interactions that typify the activities of animal health and welfare professionals under the following themes:
1. Animal disease surveillance, prevention and control. Photos could depict surveillance activities, vaccination campaigns, prophylaxis, and diagnostic tests, including interaction between wildlife (birds, rodents, etc), environment and livestock.
2. Animal welfare. Photos could illustrate transport of animals, stray dog management, working animals, and other topics addressed in the OIE welfare standards’ chapters.
3. Animal production systems. Photos could demonstrate familial, extensive or intensive farming systems, as well as transhumance, pastoralism systems, etc, with when possible a special spotlight on sustainable practices.
4. Aquatic animal health and production systems. Photos could show farmed fishing systems, amphibians, crustaceans, farmed fish, molluscs and their products.
5. One Health. Photos could depict the essential link between human and animal health and the ecosystem in which they co-exist.
6. Veterinary education. Photos could illustrate young students in practice/ training, veterinary education establishments and facilities etc.