Activist Awards

Submissions for the 2014 Activist Awards will open on October 1, 2014. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about this year’s Awards.

The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards identify outstanding work done by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide, with prizes ranging from $2,000-$15,000.

Since the Activist Award’s inception in 2009, PhotoPhilanthropy has received work from more than 600 photographers in 90 different countries, showcasing the work of more than 450 nonprofit organizations.

Read about the winners and finalists of the 2013 Activist Awards here.

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.

Each photographer whose work is accepted receives a page on our website and exposure to a growing audience of committed photographers and concerned global citizens.

Entries are judged in two rounds by a distinguished Activist Awards Jury with the finalists and winners announced in March of each year. Last year, renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi was the Activist Awards Master of Ceremonies.

Additional Information

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

Watch Ami’s webinar here:

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