The People & Planet International Photo Competition 2012

Deadline: 22 April 2012
Open to: amateur and professional photographers anywhere in the world
Prize: $1,500


The People & Planet International Photography Competition aims to select 53 photos to be published in the 2013 People & Planet: Social Justice & Environment Diary and Calendar.

The organizers are looking for 53 extraordinary images of people, places or objects which tell a story about a social-justice or environment issue. Photos of almost any genre will be accepted, including portraits, landscapes, animals, objects, or any combination of these. Photos which tell “good news” stories about social-justice or the environment are particularly welcome.


The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers anywhere in the world. People living in the developing/majority world are particularly encouraged  to enter.

Entries are only eligible if they include a) a title for each photo, b) 3-5 sentences describing each photo and the social-justice or environment issue(s) which are raised by the photo, c) the place the photo was taken, d) the entrant’s name, country & postal address.


You can submit up to 4 photos per entrant. All submitted photos must be accompanied by 3-5 sentences describing the image and the social-justice or environment issues which are raised by the photo. Photos will be assessed jointly with the accompanying description.

The images can be colour or B&W, but must be at least 300 dpi resolution, supplied in JPEG format, with a maximum file size of 10 MB. Photos where photoshoping is obvious, are usually excluded.

Don’t submit images that were submitted to this competition in previous years.

Email your submission to by the 22 April 2012. Please send each image in a separate e-mail.

All participants will receive confirmation of entry via email after the competition close date. There is no entry fee.

In the body of the email you must list the following in English:

  • Your name, country, email address, postal address
  • A title for your photo
  • Three to five sentences describing the image AND the social-justice or environment issue(s) which are raised by the photo
  • The country and place the photo was taken

Images which do not include all the above information in English will not be accepted.

  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
  • Entries which have been previously published elsewhere, will be accepted.
  • All winners will be notified by 1 June 2012.

By entering the contest, you give People & Planet the right to publish your photos in the 2013 People & Planet Diary, the 2012 People & Planet Calendar and any publicity associated with the diary or calendar only. Other use of the photos will be with your permission only.


All 53 winners will receive a free copy of the 2013 People & Planet Diary, with cash prizes going to the best two photos (1,500 and 1,000 $) and the photo that is used on the cover of the People & Planet Diary & Calendar (500$).

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