2010 Activist Photography Awards

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PhotoPhilanthrophy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world. Submitted photos must depict the work of a charitable organization (designated by 501c3 in the US, or international equivalent) and be presented as a photo essay. For all submissions, collaboration with the charitable organization will be verified. For this reason it is mandatory to submit a contact name and email of the person you worked with at the organization.


  • Professional Photographer:  Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography.
  • Amateur Photographer:  Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography. 
  • Student Photographer:  Any current student 25 and under with less than two years of professional work including internships.
  • Community-based Photography:  Given to a non-profit organization that teaches photography within a community and empowers the group to share their unique perspective through photography.


  • Professional Photographer: $15,000 Grand Prize
  • Amateur Photographer: $2000 Grand Prize
  • Student Photographer: $1000 Grand Prize
  • Community-based Photography: $2000 Grand Prize

Judging criteria:

  • Originality
  • Innovative and compelling story telling
  • Relevance in portraying the issues addressed by the organization
  • Visual Impact (composition, emotional impact)
  • Technical execution (focus, exposure)

No print or film submissions will be accepted; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable.  All images must be uploaded through our online submissions form.

Files must be in jpeg format and fit to exactly 1000 pixels on their longest side, at a resolution of 72 dpi. No file size should be more than 600KB. Each image must be submitted as a separate file (no Powerpoint or iPhoto presentations). Please save images as RGB, ICC profile Adobe RGB (1998) or Grayscale.

Only minimally enhanced photographs are eligible for submission. Minor color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDRI) and stitched panoramas are acceptable only if the combined parts were all made at approximately the same time. Any other changes to the original photograph are not acceptable and will render the photo essay ineligible for a prize.

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