InterAction’s 17th Annual Photo Contest

A smiling young girl, lifts her scarf overhead on a clear, sunny day. In the background, a young bow stands underneath a tree covered in debris.
Photo By: Arez Ghaderi is licensed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license

InterAction’s 17th Annual Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated. We have closed submissions

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 self-reliance, innovative technology, shared values, partnerships, and delivery of humanitarian assistance re encouraged, though entries are not limited to those categories. All images should be of work done outside of the United States. 


One Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 USD. The winning photo will also be showcased at InterAction’s 2019 Forum, June 11-13.

Three Runners Up 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

Contest begins March 11, 2019 and ends April 22, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. All eligible entries must be submitted between these dates. Entry is open to all accept current InterAction employees.

Entries are limited to three (3) photos per person. 

Entries should be 300 dpi or larger at a size no smaller than 1920 x 1080 pixels.

All uploaded photos should be named using the following: IA_Photographer’s First Name_Photographer’s Last Name_Photo Title

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 for marking your work with CC BY-NC can be found at 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.  


A panel including photojournalists and subject area experts will choose the winning photographs. After judging, InterAction will notify the Grand Prize winner of their selection. If the winner does not respond within seven (7) days of notification, InterAction may at its discretion select one of the Runners Up as the new Grand Prize Winner. InterAction will also notify all other winners within this timeframe.


Please for any questions related to the  photo contest.

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