2016 Global Photo Competition

In a world saturated with media, the power of a single, compelling image can cut through the clutter. This competition seeks to highlight creative and inspiring visuals that illustrate the following statement:


“Leaders standing up for freedom and democracy exist in communities throughout the world.”


The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) invites non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to submit an original photograph to the contest. Contestants should submit a photograph that demonstrates democratic leadership or (or individuals advocating for democratic values and reform), along with a caption that explains the impact this individual or organization has played in expanding freedom and democracy in their communities.

This competition, aimed at celebrating democratic leaders, is open to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) anywhere in the world. Submissions, limited to one photo per organization, will be accepted until October 30, 2016.

Competition finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges from the democracy/civil society/international development community. Three competition winners will be announced by November 2016.

Who can enter

The competition is open to NGOs of all types, including student, professional, and informal organizations. Special consideration will be given to submissions highlighting individuals residing in non-OECD countries. Entrants are responsible for obtaining consent from the subject featured in the photograph according to applicable local laws.


Winners will be featured on the CIPE blog and promoted through CIPE social media accounts. All photos entered in the competition may be used in future CIPE publications or to promote CIPE’s work, with proper attribution given to the photographer.

Other Information

By participating in this competition, entrants agree to fully indemnify and hold harmless CIPE for any action or result that may arise from form their role in organizing this competition. By participating in this competition entrants allow CIPE the right to publish contest submissions online, in print, or in other media, and to allow other organizations with similar missions to publish works submitted to the contest. CIPE will provide proper credit to the authors of these works. This use includes, but is not limited to website, the CIPE Development Blog, CIPE’s social media tools, and other publications and resources that in the opinion of CIPE would promote its stated goals and mission.


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