Terms & Conditions

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By entering the Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize competition, you hereby accept these Terms & Conditions.

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age or older to enter.
  2. All entries must be submitted during the contest open submission timeframe with the start date of 12:00AM EST May 1, 2019 and the deadline of 11:59PM PST on October 15, 2019.
  3. The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
  4. All photography must relate to human rights issues illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large.
  5. By entering the competition, you acknowledge that Photography 4 Humanity is authorized to receive and review your data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. This information may be collected, processed, stored, and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering this photography competition. Participants have the right to access, review, rectify or delete any personal data held by Photography 4 Humanity by sending an email to the following address: support@photography4humanity.com
  6. To enter the competition, you must submit your entries to the competition URL: www.photography4humanity.com
  7. All entries will be reviewed and pre-screened by the Photography 4 Humanity editors. The screened entries will then be reviewed by the Photography 4 Humanity jury. The decisions of the jury are final.
  8. Winning photographs may 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.
  9. The full name of each entrant whose work is selected as a winner, juror’s pick, or finalist will be published online.
  10. Cash prizes will be paid by wire transfer or other electronic methods. Any fees incurred for foreign currency transfers will be deducted from the winning amount. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or of any Prize are the sole responsibility of winners. Prizes cannot be transferred or substituted by winner. If a Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from The Sponsor, as determined by The Sponsor in its sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at The Sponsor’s sole discretion.
  11. No cash alternatives will be offered for any prize.
  12. All entrants may submit up to five photographs.
  13. Photography entry information must be complete or it will result in disqualification (Photographer name, title, location, date, description).
  14. If an image advances to final judging, Contest reserves right to request a RAW or unaltered (as recorded by the camera) copy of the image to verify integrity. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  15. Photography 4 Humanity reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any photograph that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the photograph appears on the website. You warrant in respect of the photographs submitted by you as follows:

    a. You are the sole copyright owner and creator of the photograph(s).
    b. You have the right to enter your photograph(s) in this competition.
    c. To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content.
    d. To the best of your knowledge, the photographs do not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
    e. The photograph does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and your photograph does not include trademarks owned by third parties, copyrighted materials owned by third parties, names, likenesses or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead.
    f. Entries have not been purchased nor have you secured the rights to use stock images.

  16. You agree to fully indemnify Photography 4 Humanity in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing.
  17.  In terms of editing a photograph for submission, images should comply with the ethical guidelines of The National Press Photographers Association (www.unicef.org/ceecis/media_1482.html). It is always important to take into account the ethical considerations of photography and to protect vulnerable people from potential harm that could be inflicted as a result of the publication of images that expose or identify individuals or groups who may be or may become vulnerable as a result of the publication of the photographs.

    a. No people or objects may be added, rearranged, reversed, distorted or removed from a photograph.
    b. HDR and stitched panoramic images are not accepted.
    c. Color must be in RGB or sRGB format.
    d. Image file extensions accepted: JPG, JPEG
    e. Accepted file size:  5MB – 20MB
    f. Image must concern current events. All submitted images must be taken within three (3) years of date of entry.
    g. All images submitted must NOT contain a watermark, logo, or overlay of any sort. The photographer, title, location, description, and date will be recognized in the credits.
    h. Adjustments of color that do not alter content is permitted as long as it does not drastically change the original hue.
    i. Grayscale images are permitted.
    j. The photograph must not, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
    k. Cropping is permitted.
    l. Removing scratches or sensor dust is permitted.
    m. Minor adjustments including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, and contrast are permitted. 

  18. Copyright for all submitted photography is retained by the photographer.
  19. Not every photograph submitted to the competition will be publicly visible on the Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize website. The photos that appear on the website are pre-selected by the Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize editors. The photos that are chosen by our editors to appear on the website do not reflect your standing in the competition. The jury will not judge any of the photos until after the October 15, 2019 deadline.
  20. By entering, all entrants agree that their photograph(s) may be reproduced (with photographer’s credit) and used to conduct and to promote the Global Prize competition. You hereby grant Photography 4 Humanity the right to use submitted images in the framework of such promotional activities.
  21. Any photograph used by Photography 4 Humanity shall carry a credit line.  Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as Photography 4 Humanity uses its reasonable endeavors to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.
  22. You acknowledge that Photography 4 Humanity and its event partners assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.
  23. Photography 4 Humanity assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition and Photography 4 Humanity assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, or technical malfunctions, with regard to the competition. Photography 4 Humanity assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. Photography 4 Humanity is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to Photography 4 Humanity on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition. If for any reason a contestant’s photograph cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, Photography 4 Humanity assumes no responsibility.
  24. In no event will Photography 4 Humanity, it’s members, event partners or its officers, employees, be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any contestant’s access to and use of the website and participation in the competition. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, everything on the website is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, whether expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or use or non-infringement.
  25. You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of your name and winning images for the purpose of advertising, promotion, and publicity for Photography 4 Humanity and the competition without additional compensation. Such requests will not be unreasonably withheld.



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Kristen Ashburn

Kristen Ashburn is a documentary photographer who has received numerous honors including a nomination for the 28th Annual Emmy Awards (2007) for BLOODLINE, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism (2007, 2006, 2003), the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America (2006) and two World Press Photo prizes (2005, 2003). Ashburn was awarded the Getty Grant in 2006, Canon’s Female Photojournalist Award in 2004, and the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography in 2003. Her work has appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Life, Rolling Stones and The Telegraph Sunday Magazine among others.Ashburn began photographing the impact of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa in 2001 and released a book of this work in 2009 entitled I Am Because We Are with a forward by Madonna. Ashburn’s work has also taken her to Iraq a year following the US-led invasion; Israel and the Palestinian Territories; Sri Lanka in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami; New Orleans after Katrina; Haiti after the earthquake; and Russia to cover the spread of MDR-tuberculosis in the penal system.

Robert Pledge

A student of West African languages and anthropology, Robert found his way into journalism to become an editor in 1970 at the French visual arts magazine Z​oom;​ in 1973, he became the director of the New York office of the picture agency Gamma. In 1976, he co-founded the independent, international Contact Press Images Agency. Robert has curated major photographic exhibitions around the world including: “Photojournalism Since Vietnam” (1987); “Gilles Caron – Plutôt la vie” (1998); “Jane Evelyn Atwood –Too Much Time: Women in Prison” (2000); “Contact/s: The Art of Photojournalism“ (2006); “Robert Frank – The Americans: Walking through the pages“ (2007); “Don McCullin – The Impossible Peace” (2012). Has sat on many international juries including The World Press Photo Foundation. Robert has edited acclaimed book such as: R​ed-Color News Soldier(​2003) with Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng; David Burnett’s 4​4 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World​ (2009); and Q​uelque part en France​ – ​l’été 1944 de John G. Morris​ (2014). He is a member and former president of the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Fund, (USA) and current president of the Board of Trustees of the Dotation Catherine Leroy (France).

Elisabeth Biondi

Elisabeth Biondi has been an independent curator, teacher and writer since 2011. Before that time, she was the Visuals Editor of The New Yorker for 15 yearswhere she shaped the look of thepublication by establishing a group of staff photographers, commissioning both masters an emerging talent. Elisabeth built the magazine’s reputation for its use of photography, for which itreceived numerous awards, including two National Magazine Awards. Her independent curating includes: Subjective/Objective and Under the Bridge for the New York PhotoFestival and New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography at Steven Kasher Gallery; Beyond Words, at the Howard Greenberg Gallery and Ullens Center in Beijing; and REFUGEE at the Annenberg Center for Photography. Most recently she was a judge in the eight-episodeSky Arts ‘Master of Photography’ series, which aired in 2018 and again in 2019.

Robert Clark

Robert Clark is a freelance photographer based in New York City, working with the world’s leading magazines, publishers and cutting-edge advertising campaigns, as well as the author of four monographs: Evolution A Visual Record, Feathers Displays of Brilliant Plumage, First Down Houston A Year with the Houston Texans and Image America – the first photography book shot solely with a cellphone cameraHis work regularly appears in National Geographic Magazine. During his twenty-year association with National Geographic, Clark has photographed more than 50 stories. Clark documented the lives of high school football players for the book Friday Night Lights and recently directed the short film “8 Seconds” as part of an advertorial campaign for Russell Athletic which was awarded a Cleo.

Ruth Eichhorn

Ruth Eichhorn has been the Director of Photography of the GEO magazines, headquartered in Hamburg from 1994 to 2015. From 1988 to 1994, Eichhorn worked out of the New York office for German GEO , as their Bureau Chief. Shehas curated and organized numerous exhibitions and edited a range of photo books. She also edits photo books and works as a correspondent and adviser for different foreign publications. She was part of many international juries around the world, amongst them the World Press Photo Award, the UNICEF Photo of the Year award, POY and CHIPP.

Yan Cong

Yan Cong is a visual storyteller based in Beijing, China. She splits her time working on long-term documentary projects and editorial assignments. She focuses her personal projects on topics such as women’s issues, social justice and China’s relations with its neighbouring countries. Her work has been published internationally such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, ChinaFile, and Smithsonian Magazine. In 2016, she was selected as a Fellow for The Abigail Cohen Fellowship co-founded by ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation and was selected by World Press Photo’s 6×6 program in 2019. Yan co-writes a photo column “Depth of Field,” introducing Chinese photographers’ photojournalism work to an international audience, with the intention to amplify local photographers’ voices, and to foster an understanding about China through the lens of local photographers. Yan holds a M.S. in journalism from Columbia Journalism School.

Shahidul Alam

Photographer Shahidul Alam was a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018, and in that same year he was jailed for over 100 days for criticizing the Bangladesh government. A former President of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set-up Drik agency, Bangladesh Photographic Institute, Chobi Mela Festival, Majority World agency and Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute which is considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Alam’s work has been featured at the MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris and Tate Modern London, and he was a guest speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. His awards include the Shilpakala Padak, the highest national award given to Bangladeshi artists, as well as the Infinity and Lucie Foundation Awards. Alam’s book “My journey as a witness” was listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo and described by John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine, as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”