We recently announced that we would be featuring a photo competition every single day within our brand new Competitions category – maximising the opportunities you have to enter great contests and not to miss them.
Today, we’re featuring The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards 2013 that identify outstanding work created by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide. For the first time in its history, PhotoPhilanthropy offers this year a mobile photography award to complement its traditional student, amateur, and professional category awards for most compelling documentary photography essays completed on behalf of nonprofits.
The Activist Awards program honors innovative approaches to visual storytelling and creative partnerships between photographers and nonprofit organizations with grants ranging from $2,000 – $15,000 USD. Submissions must be in the form of a photo-essay, and photos must depict the work of a charitable organization (designated by 501(c)3 in the US, or international equivalent).
PhotoPhilanthrophy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world. The Activist Awards have been established to emphasize the important role of high quality documentary photography and visual storytelling as a vehicle to create meaningful impact and social change.
Specific Mobile Photography Submission Guidelines
Mobile photography essays entered by photographers may be captured using a tablet or phone (iPhone or Android device). The photos should not be altered in PhotoShop or any desktop image processing program and should be clearly designated as “mobile photography.” The use of Apps such as Hipstamatic, Instagram etc. are permissible. In some cases we may ask for the original image to verify that it’s taken with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Android device.
Mobile photography submissions may be a photo essay or a photo series. A photo essay is defined as a series of photographs (and text) that’s intended to tell a powerful story, or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer. A photo series is a set of stand-alone images interpreting a place or issue into a visual chronicle and is not necessary a linear narrative. It could be a set of portraits or a series of images that are aesthetically similar, but do not necessarily tell a story. Submissions must be comprised of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 photos.
Whether the mobile photography submission is a traditional photo essay or takes a thematic approach, it should continue to explore the human condition, social or political issues, or the character of places and events depicting the work of a charitable organization (designated by 501(c) 3 status in the US, or international equivalent). For all submissions, collaboration with the charitable organization will need verification. As with the traditional submission, captions and an artist’s statement must accompany the images.
Contest Prize & Terms
PRIZE DETAILS: Professional Photographer – $15,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography or has been professionally trained.
Amateur Photographer – $2,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography.
Student Photographer – $2,000 Grand Prize: Any current student with less than two years of professional work including internships.
Mobile Photography Award – $2,000 Prize: Open to all photographers irrespective of their skill level.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to All
Files must be in jpeg format and fit to exactly 1000 pixels on their longest side, at a resolution of 72 dpi. No file size should be more than 2MB
COPYRIGHT: Photophilanthropy recognizes and respects copyright held material and photographers will retain full copyright to, and ownership of, their submitted photography.
USAGE RIGHTS: Essays accepted into the competition will be posted on the PhotoPhilanthropy website. Entry constitutes permission for PhotoPhilanthropy to copy, publish and display all submitted materials in print or electronic form without compensation by PhotoPhilanthropy, for use in promoting PhotoPhilanthropy, the Activist Awards and the advancement of the goals and mission of PhotoPhilanthropy. The PhotoPhilanthropy credit, along with the photographer’s credit and the name of the featured nonprofit will always appear if the image is used for these purposes. No images will be redistributed or sold to third parties for re-use. Any inquiries for licensing of images will be redirected to the photographer.