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December 5, 2013

Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photo Award explained

At Nokia we passionately believe in the power of technology to foster positive social change.

This is one reason why we’ve teamed up with Thomson Reuters Foundation to yesterday launch a new international photography contest.

What’s the brief? 

The Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photography Award aims to encourage photographers to showcase images of women’s empowerment around the world. The brief is simple: Show us examples of women working to make a difference, whether through acts of leadership, courage and passion or by promoting opportunity, innovation and motherhood. These themes are only limited by your imagination. Ultimately, we want to see positive images, with the power to inspire and trigger change.

Here’s what Monique Villa, Thomas Reuters Foundation CEO, had to say about the competition:

“This Award is an opportunity to give those on the ground a creative platform to showcase women’s empowerment in its very different forms. A picture of a woman driving a car can have a very different meaning depending in which country they drive, and this contest aims to showcase precisely that.”

Who can enter? 

This is an incredible opportunity for enthusiastic and ambitious photographers to use pictures to spark positive debate on women’s rights, and to help foster social change. If you’re into photography we want to see your work. Everyone is encouraged to submit entries that explore women’s empowerment. All you need is a camera and the enthusiasm to make a difference.

How does the competition work? 

Once you’ve taken your photograph, you simply need to join creative community Talenthouse and upload it. Entries will be judged by a public vote, alongside a distinguished panel of photography, journalism and women’s rights experts. Then ten chosen finalists will be given a Nokia Lumia 1020, the world’s best camera smartphone, to use. Using the amazing photo capabilities of the device, they’ll be challenged  to create a portfolio of images illustrating women’s empowerment. Needless to say, we respect the opinion of the Talenthouse community and the highest voted  photographer will also receive a brand new Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone and a copy of the 2013 edition of the ‘Reuters Our World Now’ photobook, capturing the year in 300 powerful photos.


What’s the prize? 

The grand winner will be chosen from one of these ten portfolios. Their prize will be the very first Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photo Award, plus an all expenses paid trip to attend a Mobile Journalism training course organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and led by professional journalists. What’s more, they’ll also receive a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, the opportunity to have their work published on Thomson Reuters Foundation’s award-winning website and across the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Nokia’s social media channels.

You have until Tuesday 11th February 2014 to post your entries, so if you’re ready to make a difference with your camera, get snapping! And if you have any questions about the competition please let us know in the comments below.