The 2018 Photo Contest Is Here!

The 2018 Photo Contest Is Here!

GlobalGiving’s 9th Annual Photo Contest is right around the corner! Each year we have the pleasure of showcasing the amazing impact of our nonprofit partners through the art of photography. This contest is the perfect opportunity to improve your organization’s visual messaging, cultivate stronger relationships with existing donors, and expand your support base of prospective donors.

In a new spin on the rules this year, people who sign up to receive updates from your project and GlobalGiving when voting will have their votes counted three times! This is a great way to increase visibility and generate more funds for your project. Your organization will also have a chance to compete for prizes including $1,000 towards your project, social media promotion, and time on GlobalGiving’s homepage! So find your most compelling and vivid photos, add them to your project page, and follow the simple step by step instructions below to enter the contest.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Select your photos for submission

Organizations are invited to submit up to 3 photos for consideration in the contest. Please submit all photos through one entry form.

Any photo that you would like to submit to the 2018 Photo Contest must be the primary photo that is posted on your project page when you complete and submit the entry form. You may enter existing or new photos into the contest, but any new photos must be uploaded to your project page(s) by Friday, August 3rd at 23:59:59 EDT in order to ensure sufficient time for approval by the GlobalGiving team. Complete this entry form once all photos that you wish to submit for consideration in the 2018 Photo Contest are posted on your project page(s).

Step 2: Submit your entry form by August 8th

When completing the entry form, you will be asked to include the URL of each project whose primary photo you would like to submit, as well as the project ID. Entry forms must be submitted by Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 23:59:59 EDT. 

Prize Structure:
The organization with the photo that receives the most votes across all categories during the open voting period will be awarded a $1,000 prize to support the organization’s project. The winning project and the five organizations with the top photos in each category will each be featured for a full day on the GlobalGiving homepage and will be highlighted using GlobalGiving’s social media outreach. New this year: voters who sign up to receive project reports and GlobalGiving updates will have their votes counted three times!

Step 3: Your photos will be sent for review

Once all photos have been submitted, GlobalGiving’s Senior Graphic Designer, Acacia Betancourt, will review of all submissions to make sure photos are high resolution, have great lighting and are aligned with the themes (see below for an explanation of themes).

Step 4: Mobilize your supporters to vote from August 20th – August 24th

Should one of your organization’s photos be selected as a finalist, your job is to reach out to your supporters to encourage them to cast a vote for your photo! Our GlobalGiving staff will email all finalists the voting page before the contest begins. This is a great time to engage your current donors with your project with no donation required.

Also, you can use this opportunity to build your donor network by introducing your project to new supporters. All you have to do is share the voting page with your donors, they will enter their email address to confirm their vote, and they will have the option to subscribe to your organization’s project reports. This will help bring more visibility to your organization and generate more funds for your project.

The voting period will begin on Monday, August 20th at 12:00:01 EDT and end on Friday, August 24th at 12:00:01 EDT. All individuals that vote for your photo will have the option to sign up to receive that project’s reports via GlobalGiving.

Criteria for each theme

There will be 15 finalists in each of the 5 categories. The categories for the voting round will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Give Knowledge
    • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
      • Education
      • Arts + Culture
  • Give Relief
    • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
      • Health
      • HIV-AIDS
      • Hunger
      • Disaster Recovery
      • Malaria
  • Give Support
    • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
      • Microfinance
      • Peace + Security
      • Children
      • LGBTQ
  • Give Hope
    • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
      • Women and Girls
      • Humanitarian assistance
      • Human Rights
      • Democracy and Government
      • Sport
  • Give Sustainability
    • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
      • Environment
      • Economic Development
      • Animal
      • Climate Change
      • Technology

2018 Photo Contest Terms + Conditions:

  • The photo contest submission deadline is 23:59:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. All Photo Contest entry forms must be submitted by this date. Forms that are submitted after this time will not be considered.
  • All photos must be uploaded to the relevant project page(s) as the primary project photo and approved for the GlobalGiving.org website to be considered for submission. The deadline to upload new photos to project page(s) is 23:59:59 EDT Friday, August 3, 2018.
  • Only organizations that have an active project on GlobalGiving.org may participate. Projects posted only on GlobalGiving supported corporate sites may not participate.
  • The 2018 Photo Contest is open to organizations that have a GG Rewards status of Partner, Leader, or Superstar as of 23:59:59 EDT on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Organizations with a status of Emerging are not eligible to participate.
  • Our judge will select 15 finalists from each category. Each photo will be placed into a category based on the primary theme of the project for which the photo was submitted:
    • Give Knowledge
      • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
        • Education
        • Arts + Culture
    • Give Relief
      • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
        • Health
        • HIV-AIDS
        • Hunger
        • Disaster Recovery
        • Malaria
    • Give Support
      • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
        • Microfinance
        • Peace + Security
        • Children
        • LGBTQIA
    • Give Hope
      • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
        • Women and Girls
        • Humanitarian assistance
        • Human Rights
        • Democracy and Government
        • Sport
    • Give Sustainability
      • Projects on GlobalGiving.org with a primary theme of:
        • Environment
        • Economic Development
        • Animal
        • Climate Change
        • Technology
  • The photos will be uploaded to the voting page on GlobalGiving.org for voting, and voting will be open to the public.
  • Voting will take place from 12:00:01 EDT on Monday, August 20, 2018 until 12:00:01 EDT on Friday, August 24, 2018.
  • Votes will be counted based on email address. Only unique email addresses will be counted towards a unique vote.
  • Each vote must be confirmed via email. Once a vote has been made, the voter will receive an email from GlobalGiving to confirm his or her vote. Only upon confirmation will that vote be counted.
  • An individual may vote for as many photos as he or she wishes, but only one vote per photo will count. For example, if an individual votes for the same photo five times, only one of the votes for that photo will count towards the total.
  • To encourage voters to stay engaged with the projects they’re voting for, voters have the option of casting a vote and joining GlobalGiving email list and project report updates from their chosen photo selection, and such votes will count as three votes.  
  • GlobalGiving will be closely monitoring all voting activity and will cross-match information including email addresses, names, countries, and IP addresses to determine the validity of all voters. Votes that are deemed fraudulent will be removed. Furthermore, any activity not in the spirit of having unique individuals vote will not be counted towards vote totals and will result in disqualification of an organization from the contest.
  • The organization with the one photo that has the most votes overall at 12:00:00 EDT on August 24, 2018, will be awarded a $1,000 prize to be used to support the organization’s project, will each be featured for a full day on the GlobalGiving homepage, and will be highlighted through GlobalGiving’s social media outreach.  Please note: The winner is not secured until the organization receives confirmation from GlobalGiving.
  • The organizations with the photo that has the most votes in each category will each be featured for a full day on the GlobalGiving homepage and will be highlighted through GlobalGiving’s social media outreach. Please note: These prizes are not secured until each organization receives a confirmation from GlobalGiving.

If you have any questions, please contact the GlobalGiving team at projecthelp@globalgiving.org.

If you are interested in how last year’s contest went, check out the voting page and finalists from the 2017 Photo Contest.

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