Photo By: Will Baxter is licensed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

Announcing the Winners of InterAction's 18th Photo Contest

Congratulations to the Winners!

Each year, InterAction hosts a photo contest to highlight photographers who showcase incredible humanitarian and development work around the globe. We invited photographers to submit their most powerful photos that illustrate innovative, effective, and inspiring efforts in international relief and development.

This year, we received hundreds of submissions from all around the world. After convening expert photographers and designers to review the photos for photo composition, technique, and clarity; relevance to contest rules (documentarian humanitarian/development work outside of the U.S.); and adherence to copyright and permission rules, we’ve selected winners and runners-up!

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 USD. We will showcase the winning photo at InterAction’s Forum 2.1, March 23 and 24, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Three runners-up will receive $100 USD and have their photographs displayed in an online gallery on InterAction’s website.

Six Honorable mentions will have their photographs displayed in an online gallery on InterAction’s website.

Please find the winning photo and runners-up below. Congratulations to all!

Winning Image

"Cooking Demonstration" by Will Baxter

Mary Adam Mwakitalu (left), 28, and Catherine Mlowe, 25, chop up greens to enrich a porridge they are making during a Group Counselling Session in Muvwa village, Mbeya district, Tanzania, June 11, 2019.

Second Place Image

"Partnership for Existence" by Sandipani Chattopadhyay

Purulia is a district of state West Bengal, India which is majorly affected by an ongoing water scarcity crisis. More than 48 villages are running out of drinking water. The only way to source water is to collect it from the dried river bed or have it supplied by the government.

Third Place Image

"Freedom" by Louis Leeson

Peter holds a fragile, week-old baby pigeon in his hands. He’s been looking after it since it hatched, and he’s incredibly proud. “I am used to handling pigeons,” he says. “I can handle with care.”


"Travel and Suffering" by Rayhan Ahmed

Photo of children walking to retrieve water.

"Get Water in Dry Season" by Nguyen Linh Vinh Quoc

"Shepherd" by Aliasghar Feizollahi

"Road Workers on Ride" by Sudipta Maulik

"Shirdang" by Ali Asghar Yousefi

"Saffron" by Ali Asghar Yousefi

Congratulations to the Winners and Runners-Up!