Thank you for applying to “Ko Nepali.” On this page, you will find information on what to expect next and meet judges of this competition. (Also follow us on Code for Nepal Twitter and Facebook page to keep up with latest updates!)

So what happens next? 

  • Once submissions close on April 27, 2016, the Code for Nepal team will review each to ensure these are original, vulgar-free, and not against any person or community. Entries that meet Code for Nepal’s criteria will be shared on Code for Nepal’s Facebook page. By submitting your entry, you agree to have Code for Nepal share your work on social media.
  • In early May, participants and audiences will then be encouraged to share their favorite entries via Code for Nepal’s Facebook page. In early June, the top 20 videos and 20 photos with the highest number of shares via Code for Nepal’s Facebook page will be sent to judges for final review. If submissions by women and people outside of Kathmandu Valley are not represented at 30% among the top entries (i.e. at least 6 videos and 6 photos), Code for Nepal will include the most shared entries from women and from those in areas outside of Kathmandu Valley.
  • The judges will grade each video from 1 to 20 — 1 being the lowest grade, 20 being the highest grade.  The 3 videos and 3 photos that receive the highest grade on average from judges will win cash prizes. The results will be announced by Code for Nepal via its Facebook page in late June.


NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati is an independent photographer and curator based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her work seeks to embrace themes such as change, identity, gender, and history within the context of ‘the New Nepal’. She enjoys working across platforms to connect visuals, sound, research, education, and activism. In 2007, she co-founded, a photography platform that has facilitated learning, publishing, exhibition and networking opportunities for Nepali photographers. In 2010, she co-founded the Nepal Picture Library; a digital photo archive that strives to document a ground-up history of the Nepali people. In 2015, NayanTara co-founded Photo Kathmandu, Nepal’s first international photography festival.

Manjushree Thapa writes fiction and nonfiction, and translates Nepali literature into English. Her next novel, All of Us in Our Own Lives, is due for publication in 2016. Manjushree’s essays and editorials have appeared in New York Times, London Review of Books, Newsweek, Globe and Mail, and other publications in the US, UK, Canada, India and Nepal. Her books have been translated into French, German, Finnish, Italian, Japanese and Nepali.

Shiwani Neupane is an author, freelance writer and co-founder of Story South Asia. Her novel Crossing Shadows was published in September 2015. She has a graduate degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Anup Kaphle is the Deputy Foreign Editor at BuzzFeed News, where he edits the publication’s world coverage. Previously, he worked as the Digital Foreign Editor at The Washington Post, where he managed the paper’s world coverage on the web. At the Post, he was responsible for producing and managing enterprise projects and multimedia elements, shaping its online strategy and building innovative tools to enhance foreign and national security coverage.

Deepak Rauniyar of Aadi Productions is the director and producer of White Sun. Rauniyar’s debut feature Highway premiered at the 62nd Berlinale and was first Nepali film ever to screen at a major international film festival. The film opened MoMA’s ConteporAsian in New York and screened internationally.

Lex Limbu as a popular blogger and youtuber. Having started his journey into social media in 2007 on youtube, the 23 year old Nepali from the UK progressed on to run a popular blog under his own name. With over 5000 views a day on the blog has become a Number 1 Source for many keen on keeping up with the celebrity culture, movies and the happenings in Nepal. Till date Lex has campaigned for and led several fundraisers including Help Nepal Network, Help Kumar Kancha, Live For Change, Nepal Unites UK Protest and founded TRACING NEPAL.



Prizes for video  winners

  • 1st prize: Rs 25,000 and certificate
  • 2nd Prize: Rs 10,000 and certificate
  • 3rd Prize: Rs 3,000 and certificate

Prizes for photo winners

  • 1st Prize: Rs 10,000 and certificate
  • 2nd Prize: Rs 5,000 and certificate
  • 3rd Prize: Rs 2,000 and certificate