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Democracy Photo Challenge

The contest asks people around the world to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” through digital photos submitted online. The Democracy is… conversation leverages social networks and creative challenges to allow global publics to share, consider, debate, and learn from diverse perspectives on democracy.

The Democracy Photo Challenge was inspired by the Democracy Video Challenge, an annual contest launched in 2008 asking the world’s citizens to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” through short online videos. Over the last two years, more than 1,600 people from 111 countries submitted video entries and spurred the online engagement of nearly 3.5 million people.

What do you think democracy is? Take a photo and share your idea with the world!


Take a photo that completes the phrase Democracy is… and share it with the world.


The winners’ photos will receive special exhibits through public displays at cultural and/or other appropriate venues in New York, Washington DC, Hollywood, and, if possible, other cities around the world, as well as on multimedia sites.

At each public display, a short bio of the winner will be included, along with a brief statement, in the winner’s own words, about the photo, including its meaning for that winner. If feasible, additional prize elements may be added at the sole discretion of the contest sponsors.


  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Submissions must be original photographs (digital or analog) taken by the submitter.
  • Contestants may enter anonymously.

How to enter?

Submit your photos on the contest’s official website.