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Photography 4 Humanity is inviting photographers around the world to submit photographs that bring to life the power of human rights, for the 2019 Photography 4 Humanity Competition. Entries should contain compelling imagery that illustrates courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large; and it is hoped that these images will serve to inspire people to personally get involved and to take a stand for human rights.

The submitted photos should have a direct, positive impact on human rights issues by inspiring and mobilizing viewers to take action. One image will be selected monthly for Photography 4 Humanity’s Call to Action Spotlight page. Call to Action links will encourage and enable viewers to get directly involved in practical solutions via UN Human Rights and leading NGOs working in the field on relief efforts for those directly impacted by the crisis depicted.

All amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit images for the competition, where the Top 10 finalists will have their photographs exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 December 2019 – Human Rights Day.


The winner of the Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize will be announced on UN Human Rights Day on 10 December 2019, in conjunction with the opening reception for the Photography 4 Humanity Exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters. The winning photographer will receive a US$5,000 cash prize and the winning photograph will be promoted in all relevant media worldwide.

Selected photos will also be featured on the Photography 4 Humanity website throughout the year, to garner greater exposure for the photographers as well as highlight the human rights issues depicted in the images.

In 2019, the Top 10 finalists’ photos will be exhibited at the United Nations General Assembly Gallery in New York City. Winning photographs may also be included in future traveling group gallery exhibitions and/or screenings and projections at arts and photography festivals worldwide. All photographers retain the copyright of his or her images, and proper credit lines will be attributed to each individual photographer when exhibited or displayed anywhere by Photography 4 Humanity.


Submitted photographs must be original, evocative and compelling, offering insight into human rights issues in the broadest sense.

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and the photographs must relate to human rights issues illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories. All images must be taken within 3 years of entry date. Accepted image file extensions are: JPG, JPEG and the file size should be between 5MB and 20MB. The color must be in RGB or sRGB format.

All entrants may submit up to 5 photographs.

Entries should be compelling, dynamic and impactful images that tell the story of the challenges facing people living in human rights crisis zones as well as photos of hope that depict the heroes working to deliver solutions to the difficult realities in their regions.


Entries are to be submitted online by 15 October 2019.

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