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Untold Stories: MEI’s 2019 Photography Contest

Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to announce that the submission period is open for its third annual digital photography contest: Untold Stories.

This year’s contest seeks photographs with a story to tell about the people, places, history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa (defined as the region from Morocco to Afghanistan, and including Turkey).

Prizes up to $500. Winning photos will be exhibited at the Middle East Institute and auctioned at MEI’s Annual Gala on 12 November 2019 in Washington, D.C. to support MEI’s arts and educational programs.

The Middle East Institute (MEI) particularly invites submissions that showcase underrepresented communities and traditions, and highlight the vibrant and diverse spirit of the region. Creativity in interpreting the theme is highly encouraged, and submissions from all genres and skill levels are welcome.

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $150
  • Honorable Mentions: $75 each

The Middle East Institute (MEI) Digital Photo Contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.

Photographers are limited to five (5) entries total.

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is committed to increasing knowledge of the Middle East among the citizens of the United States, and to promoting a better understanding between the people of these two areas.