Competition – PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards 2013

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.

To enter or find out more, go here.

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


Image – Maxim’s People By Natasha Kharlamova for Our Sunny World

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.


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.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]