InterAction’s Photography 2018 Contest for Humanitarian and Development Work ($1,000 USD prize)

What Is InterAction's Photo Contest?

Each year, InterAction’s photography contest focuses on incredible humanitarian and development work.
We encourage you to submit your most powerful photos that illustrate innovative, effective, and inspiring efforts in international relief and development. Examples of empowering women, youth potential, self-reliance, innovative technology, shared values, and partnerships are encouraged, though entries are not limited to those areas. All images should be of work done outside of the United States.


One Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 USD and the Effective Assistance Photography Certificate. The winning photo will also be showcased at InterAction's 2018 Forum, June 12-14 in Washington, D.C.
Three Categories winners (best youth potential photo; best women's empowerment photo; best photo taken with a mobile phone) will receive $100 USD and have their photographs displayed on an online gallery at
Six Honorable Mentions will have their photographs displayed on an online gallery at

Contest Rules

Dates for submissions are FridayFebruary 2, 2018 to FridayApril 6, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.  All eligible entries must be submitted between these dates.
Entries are limited to three (3) photos per person.
Entries should be 300 dpi or larger at a size no smaller than roughly 3” x 5” (file sizes less than 8MB please).

All entrants must hold copyright to the photographs they submit and by entering are claiming such ownership. If it is determined an entrant has fraudulently claimed ownership of their submission, the entry will immediately become void and ineligible. All images should be of work done outside of the United States. Selected photos will be posted online and made available for download. Photos failing to meet the judging requirements will not be posted publicly. InterAction reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Contest or modify these rules at its discretion. 
For any persons appearing in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, the express permission, written, verbal, or otherwise, necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the express permission, written, verbal, or otherwise, of a parent or legal guardian is required.
By entering a submission, entrants agree to make their photo available to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) license. Copyright holders shall retain all rights to the original photo.
The “License Deed” for CC BY-NC is available online at, and the full text of CC BY-NC is available online at  Instructions for marking your work with CC BY-NC can be found at The photo credit shall appear as follows: Photo [photo URL linked to photo title] By: [photographer name] is licensed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license. 
Entry is open to all, with the exception of current InterAction staff.


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