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Fifth Annual Photo Contest – Friends of the Earth International

Friends of the Earth International is excited to announce their fifth annual photo competition, carried out this year for the first time in collaboration with La vía Campesina and the Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change.

This international photo competition will gather photos from around the world on the theme of “Acting in Solidarity and Building Movements for Change”. The best shots will be featured in materials produced by these organizations and social movements, including a 2011 calendar and an international photo exhibition.

There are cash prizes too.


Friends of the Earth International is the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 77 diverse national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With more than 2 million members and supporters around the world, they campaign on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues. They challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.


Submit your photos on the theme of “Acting in Solidarity and Building Movements for Change“.

Acting in solidarity is when people join together to support each other’s struggles. It involves understanding, responsibility, commitment, and for people in many parts of the world, great courage. Without solidarity, movements cannot grow and bring about the social, environmental, economic and political change that people around the world are calling for.

For this competition we are looking for photos of people working in solidarity in order to bring about change, as well as photos of social movements in action.

  • acting in solidarity
    For this category we are looking for photos that capture the essence of solidarity between people. People connecting and supporting each other, often transcending boundaries of age, race, gender and class, in order to reach a common goal. Solidarity implies courage, emotion, connection and collaboration. See if you can capture these elements in your images!
  • movements for change
    For this category we are looking for photos that capture the power and passion of movements for social and environmental change. These might include marches, demonstrations, protests, vigils, non-violent direct actions, occupations, festivals, and so forth.


The judges will choose a total of 12 winning photographs (6 from each category), as well as three “popular choice” photo per category that will be selected by our member groups and allies.

Photos, both winning and non-winning, may also be used by Friends of the Earth International, La vía Campesina, the World March of Women and the Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change for our publications and materials, in which case the photographers name, e-mail address and/or website will be used in connection with the image.

There are cash prizes for the winners:

  • €400 for each first place photo,
  • €200 for each second place photo, and
  • €100 for each third place photo.


  • This competition is open to everyone, and particularly women, young people, and people living in the developing world.
  • Entries should reflect the theme of Acting in Solidarity and Building Movements for Change.
  • You may submit up to 3 photos per category (for a total of 6 photos).
  • The size of the photos should be at least 1819 x 2598 pixels [154 x 220mm horizontal] at 300 dpi resolution, supplied in jpeg format, with a maximum file size of 10 MB.
  • Entries must be your own work.
  • Entries should not have won previous competitions, and should not have been published elsewhere.
  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
  • By entering this competition you are accepting these rules and agree to be bound by them.

Please visit the official website for further details.

How to enter?

You can e-mail your photos to You can also post your images. They should print out at 300 dpi, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, and be sent to:

Ann Doherty, Friends of the Earth International,
PO Box 19199,
1000 GD,
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Please be aware that photos sent by post will not be returned.