THE ACTIVIST AWARDS – submission period opens October 1 and closes November 15, 2013
The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards identify outstanding work done by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide, with prizes ranging from $2,000-$15,000.
For the first time in the history of the awards, PhotoPhilanthropy is offering this year a mobile photography award in addition to its traditional professional, amateur, and student category awards for most compelling documentary photography essays completed on behalf of nonprofits.
Since the Activist Award’s inception in 2009, PhotoPhilanthropy has received work from over 500 photographers in 88 different countries, showcasing the work of 435 nonprofit organizations.
Categories and Prizes
Photo essays must be entered into one of three categories:
- 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 Grand Prize: Open to all photographers irrespective of their skill level.
Each photographer whose work is accepted receives a page on our website and exposure to a a growing audience of committed photographers and concerned global citizens.
Entries will be judged in two rounds by a distinguished Activist Awards Jury with the finalists and winners announced in March 2014. This year, renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi will be the Activist Awards’ Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Kashi has been working in multimedia, short films, and mobile photography in his advocacy work as visual storyteller. In his chairing role, he will steer the conversation about the dramatically changing landscape of photography and how it relates to traditional documentary practice and social advocacy.
- Before entering the Activist Awards, please review our Submissions Guidelines.
- Once the guidelines have been reviewed, you may submit your essay.
- If you have additional questions, please refer to our list of FAQs.
- If you have questions regarding how to create an effective photo essay, please refer to our Photo Essay Tips.
- If you would like more information about how to further distribute your photo essay, please refer to our tips to Share Your Work.
- If you have additional questions that were not answered with the above information, you can email us at email@example.com.
Winning Tips for Submitting to Photo Contests
Ami Vitale is an award-winning photojournalist whose long and distinguished career has taken her to more than 85 countries, and garnered her exhibitions and assignments worldwide. She’s also spent considerable time entering her images and serving as a judge for numerous photo contests including PhotoPhilanthropy’s 2010 Activist Awards. Her work has won multiple awards from World Press Photo, POYi, and The Lucie Awards, among others.
In a recent conversation with PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi, Ami shares her key tips and insights for submitting work to photo contests, including:
- Which contests are worth your time and effort
- The most common mistakes photographers make when submitting work
- The importance of properly researching contests and tailoring your submission
- How to determine the right photo contest for you