Muhammad Ali Center Shining a Light International Photography Contest 2018

Publish Date: Nov 08, 2017

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

Shining a Light International Photography Contest

The Muhammad Ali Center announces the 2018 Fourth Annual “Shining a Light” International Photo Contest.

The goal of this year's competition is to showcase the “Experiences of Refugee Women.” The contest host will produce a documentary-style exhibition from 20 to 30 finalist photographs that will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning March 8, 2018.


"Shining a Light: Experiences of Refugee Women"

Informed by the UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission, the photographic submissions are asked to depict one or more of the following issues as they pertain to Refugee Women's lived experiences:

1. Gender-Based Violence

2. Livelihoods

3. Education

4. Rights and Justice

5. Sexual and Reproductive Health


Call for Entries: August 15, 2017

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2017

Muhammad Ali Center Exhibition: March 8, 2018 – June 2018


The winner will choose from a predetermined list of non-profit or non-governmental organizations and a donation will be made on behalf of first, second and third place winners in the following amounts:

1st Prize—$1000

2nd Prize—$750

3rd Prize—$500


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By submitting one or more photographs and participating in the “Shining A Light” photo contest, you agree to the following rules and the legal conditions:

· All photographers are welcome, both amateur and professional.

· Photographers under the age of 18 are required to submit Parental Consent Form with their submission.

· You agree to your picture(s) and name being displayed by the Muhammad Ali Center, published and/or used on websites/webpages owned by the Muhammad Ali Center and Generation Ali for an indefinite period of time.

· You agree to your picture(s) and name being displayed at other venues for an indefinite period of time.

· Participants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs, notwithstanding the rights granted above to the Muhammad Ali Center and other exhibition venues.

· The Muhammad Ali Center has the right to verify, in its sole judgment and discretion, winner eligibility.

· The Muhammad Ali Center has the right to select all winners in this contest.

· Participants warrant that their photographs:

o are original,

o are not more than three years old,

o have never been published in print or on the web,

o do not infringe on any third party’s rights,

o have obtained any and all necessary permissions from any third party that appears in the photograph.

· The Muhammad Ali Center reserves the right, in its own discretion and judgment, to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the conditions above are not met.

· All decisions by the Muhammad Ali Center and its judges concerning the photo contest are final and binding.


· Submission Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017 5:00 PM (EST)


Leveraging its existing capacity to increase awareness around issues of human rights and social justice on local, national, and international stages, in 2013, the Muhammad Ali Center created “Shining a Light,” an international photography contest focused on gender equality. “Shining a Light” is an annual program and exhibition on display each March in conjunction with International Women’s Day.


The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience.

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