Global World: Through the Lens of Human Rights

Deadline: 1 February 2011
Open to: Professional photographers as well as other interested individuals
Prize: 2000 EUR to be used to support the author’s next human rights photo project

GLOBAL WORLD: Through the Lens of Human Rights is an initiative which an initiative which visually represents Ekvilib Institute’s mission and contributes to establishing a culture of human rights, thereby acknowledging the dignity and equality of all members of the global society. The central part of the initiative is a collection of photos, which will be complemented through each year’s photography contest focusing on different aspects of human rights in the context of global development efforts.

Topic 2010: In the core of this year’s contest are current international development issues from a human rights perspective, including global poverty, climate change, (forced) migrations, food security, war and conflict, etc.

The initiative is open to professional photographers and other interested individuals, who share the vision and passion to contribute to a more just and balanced global development, and to a socially responsible representation of global development challenges.


2000 EUR to be used to support the author’s next human rights photo project

Open to

  • Individuals worldwide who are at least 18 years of age, irrespective of their nationality or place of residence.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Photos should not be older than 3 years (taken in 2007 at the latest). They can be previously published or unpublished and can be taken in colour or in black and white.
  • An author can enter a single photograph (max. 3) or a photo story (min. 3, max. 6 photos).
  • Submitted photos must contain a clear message that relates to the initiative GLOBAL WORLD: Through the Lens of Human Rights and to the topic of the contest.
  • In case none of the submitted photos meets the criteria, the jury reserves the right not to award the prize. All decisions by the jury will be final.
  • Employees of Ekvilib Institute and SPP Institute for the Promotion of Photography and their family members cannot enter the contest.


  • Only photos in digital form will be accepted. They should be stored in JPEG, PNG, GIF or TIFF format (max. quality). The longer side of photographs must be min. 3.000 px. long.
  • Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will not be accepted. Only minimal adjustments are allowed.
  • Each photo or photo story must be accompanied with: 1. Applicant’s code, title of the photograph or photo story and information about the place and time of the photograph (year). This should be submitted in the following form: APPLICANT’S CODE_TITLE_ PLACE_YEAR OF ORIGIN.  2. A short text (max. 300 words) which describes the photographed situation

Online submission

Official website

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