Global Photo Competition on Migration and Development 2016

Publish Date: Apr 25, 2016

Deadline: May 15, 2016

The Other Side of Migration

A global photo competition on migration and development

How has migration improved your life? Or the life of someone you know? Have you witnessed some of the many positive effects of migration on the lives of migrants and on societies? The overwhelming amount of sad news linked to migration all too often overshadows these positive aspects. This photo competition is about putting the benefits of migration in the spotlight, showing how it contributes to a better society and what it can do for development.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, and in whatever way you or others experience migration and mobility, and its contribution to society and people’s lives – we are looking forward to receiving your photographs.


A picture is worth a thousand words. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) Global Programme Migration and Development (GPMD) is launching a global photo competition to highlight the positive aspects of migration and its potential for development. Photographs have the unique ability to evoke emotions and to tell a story from a new angle.

Terms and Conditions

Rules of competition

  1. You may submit up to five photos.
  2. Each submission must be accompanied by details on the photographer, the date and location the photo has been taken as well as a relevant caption. This information must be entered in the respective form on the competition platform.
  3. Anyone of any age, gender or nationality is eligible to participate. If under the age of 16 you will need to have permission from your parent or guardian.
  4. The photo submission must be created and owned by the participant.
  5. Photographs may be submitted starting on April 6, 2016. You may upload your photo on the competition website according to the instructions provided there. The deadline for photo submissions is May 15, 2016.
  6. Photographs must be submitted in a digital format. Digital image size should be no smaller than 2832 x 2128 pixels (ideally 3500 x 2480 pixels) or must have a resolution of 6 million pixels (6 megapixels) or more. Submissions must be in jpeg format and able to be enlarged to A4 size for printing. We recommend submitting the highest resolution image possible.
  7. All submitted and accepted images will be valued by a panel consisting of professional photographers. These valuations determine the competition winners.

Photo valuation

Judging Criteria

Photo submissions will be judged on the following three criteria:

  • Power of the photograph and a meaningful, creative caption that together tell a story related to the competition.
  • Thematic relevance and alignment with the competition objectives of raising awareness about the positive aspects of migration and its potential for development and communicating a related human-interest story.
  • Originality.

Please note: Decisions of the jury are final and not subject to negotiations or appeal.


The Jury has been determined by SDC. SDC reserves the right to substitute or modify the jury at any time, for any reason.


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Photo competition photography rights

The following is based on the Bill of Rights for Artists' Campaign whereas chapter 1.1 and 4 have been adapted to the requirements/needs of this competition.

  1. Copyright and Permissions
    1. By submitting works to this competition you confirm that for each work submitted;
      • You alone are the author of your work and that it is your original work,
      • You are the sole copyright holder,
      • You have not licensed any rights in the work to any third party,
      • It does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, contract rights, or any intellectual property rights of any person or entity,
      • It does not violate the right to privacy and you have obtained, prior to submission of your work, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use of your work without compensation – you may be requested to provide a signed release from the persons pictured in Your work, or their parents or legal guardians (for Personal Release Sample Form see below),
      • It has not been a winning entry in any other competition,
        You will be responsible for any claim made by any third party in respect of your entry and you agree to fully indemnify SDC in respect of all royalties, fees and any other liabilities owing to any person or entity by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing.
    2. SDC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not comply with any of the above, even after the entry is submitted on the competition platform.
  2. Unacceptable Content
    SDC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry:
    • That contains threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content,
    • That contains any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
  3. Your Copyright and Moral Rights
    SDC respects your rights and does not claim ownership or copyright for works you submit to this competition. You will retain full ownership and copyright in each entry.
    In addition, your moral rights are respected. Whenever your work is published by SDC you will be mentioned as the owner of the image.
  4. Use of Works
    • By entering this competition you agree that for any work you submit SDC will have the unlimited right to dispose of the work whenever, wherever and however it wishes. The right of disposal covers all current and future rights of use, visual usage, publication, and modification.
    • Selected competition entries, including the winning photographs, will be displayed on the competition platform for one year following the date of announcement of the winners on May 25, 2016.
    • You hereby grant SDC a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide licence in each entry in all media for the uses described in 4.1 above for 5 years following the date of announcement of the winners on May 25, 2016.

Privacy policy

Registration: To register, the user will be asked for personal information. The personal information provided is only used for technical purposes, customer administration and notification of the winners. As a user you are entitled to cancel your member account at any time.

User names and passwords: Member accounts, user names and passwords are personal to each user. Users shall not allow any others to use their member account, user name or password under any circumstances. Each user is responsible for guarding his/her password carefully with the full awareness that failure to keep the password secure will enable others to engage in transactions for which the user will be legally responsible. Users shall immediately notify SDC if they become aware of or believe there is or may have been any unauthorized use of their member account, user name or password or any other need to deactivate their member account, user name or password due to security concerns.

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