Transversality Photo Contest 2020

Deadline: 6 May 2020
Open to: all photographers, worldwide
Benefits: an award of EUR 1,500 for the overall winner and other prizes


The University of Coimbra, the University of Salamanca, the City Council of Guarda and the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda established a strategic partnership that enabled the creation of the Centro de Estudos Ibéricos (CEI) – Center for Iberian Studies, determined on reinforcing cultural and scientific axis organized by the cities and corresponding Universities, with the mission to promote initiatives that engage with the low-density territories, particularly the peripheral and close to the border, as an active involvement in territorial cooperation.

Pursuing this mission and taking into account the importance that photography assumes in contemporary societies, the Transversalities Project uses photography as a way to promote the inclusion of territories and regional cooperation.

The pictures collected under this contest should portray the diversity of territories, societies and cultures of different continents in order to allow crossed looks on the changes which are taking place in different parts of the world, show different styles of social organization and space, capture signs of continuity and change, archaisms and innovations that manifest themselves in the most populous cities or rural areas, located in the most remote and distant and areas, which are facing depopulation. The interpretation of the natural, economic, social and cultural landscapes validated in photos will make them an important component of territorial cooperation, as they are valuable resources of promoting the inclusion of remote and less visible regions.

Photos must allude to one of the following subjects:

  • Landscapes, biodiversity and natural heritage (Natural resources and risks; use, management and planning of natural areas; diversity of contexts and intercourse between man and the environment, etc.).
  • Rural areas, agriculture and settlement (Goods and agricultural products, organization of rural areas; places and rural architecture, mobility, etc.).
  • The city and the urbanization process (City, architecture, regeneration and urbanization processes; landscapes, urban environments and experiences, etc.).
  • Culture and society: cultural diversity and social inclusion(Constructed legacy and cultural heritage, ways of life and social conditions; fight against poverty and social exclusion, etc.)


  1. Registration is free and universal;
  2. Each candidate may only submit one portfolio with six (6) photos about a single subject of the contest;
  3. The applicant must guarantee that pictures are originals, don’t include any identification element of its author and have not yet been published or previously rewarded.


  • Of all participants and photos submitted to the competition will be selected and awarded the following:
    1. The Overall Winner (1) for the best and most complete submitted portfolio will receive 1500 EUR.
    2. The Winner of each theme (4) for the best and most complete portfolio will receive 750 EUR.
    3. The Jury will also award up to 12 portfolios, being each one awarded with 150 EUR.
  • The financial support will be delivered until the 31st of December 2020. If it is not possible to contact the winner, the support will only be able to be claimed until the 31st of January 2021.

How to Apply?

You can apply using the following link.

For more information please visit this website.