THE FAMILY OF MAN One-Shot Theme Competition

Publish Date: Feb 18, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

This year IPA takes inspiration from the Family of Man, to document parallel circumstances in the world today, which produced those iconic works.

In 1939 Edward Steichen was given the assignment to curate a show for the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City.  He asked 30 photographers including Cartier Bresson, Eugene Smith, and Dorothea Lange, to document the common links of humanity worldwide. Steichen asked the photographers to photograph the commonalities of Birth, Childhood, Love, marriage, and Death. The photographic documentation for this exhibition became the biggest-selling photography book in the history of photography.

IPA will divide this project into similar categories, and we invite you to participate in this exciting and deeply meaningful event, so the generations to come will have access to these images from around the world. Submitted images will be viewed and judged by our distinguished panel of Jurors, and selected winners will be included in a traveling exhibition that will be shown around the world, and published in a special-edition book.


Please submit your photography in the following categories:

  • Birth
  • Childhood
  • Youth
  • Love
  • Marriage
  • Old Age

Note: This is a single-image competition. You can only submit one image per entry–image series cannot be entered. However, there is no limit to how many entries you can submit.

Submission Fee

– $20 per single-image entry
– $15 per additional category for the same entry

Submit Now!

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