Say Cheese — the 2017 Photo Contest Is Here!

Say Cheese — the 2017 Photo Contest Is Here!

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to engage your donors? If so, GlobalGiving’s 8th 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.

Each time your photo receives a vote, you a gain a new subscriber to your project report. This is a great way to increase visibility and generate more funds toward your project. Your organization will also have a chance to compete for prizes including $1,000 towards your project and social media promotion! 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 2017 Photo Contest must be a 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 April 28th 23:59:59 EDT time 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 2017 Photo Contest are posted on your project page(s).

Step 2: Submit your entry form by May 4th

When completing the entry form, you will be asked to include the URL of each photo that you would like to submit. To find the unique URL for each photo:

  • From your project page, click on the “Photos” tab
  • Select the desired photo
  • Click on the “Download” link which will open the photo in a new tab

Copy and paste the URL from this tab into the entry form! Entry forms must be submitted by Thursday, May 4th at 23:59:59 EDT.  

To help you successfully submit photos, you can watch a pre-recorded webinar about the 2017 Photo Contest here.

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.

Step 3: Your photos will be sent for review

Once all photos have been submitted, GlobalGiving’s Senior Graphic Designer, Acacia Betancourt, will conduct a first round review of all submissions to make sure photos are high resolution, have great lighting and are aligned with the themes (see below for explanation of themes). From there, the photos will be sent to an outside judge for final review. The final review judge, Laura Pohl,  will select 15 finalists per category. Learn more about Photo Contest judge! 

Step 4: Mobilize your supporters to vote from May 22nd – May 26th

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 are automatically subscribed to your organization’s project reports. This will help bring more visibility to your organization and generate more funds  toward your project.

The voting period will begin on Monday, May 22nd at 12:00:01 EDT and end on Friday, May 26th at 12:00:01 EDT. All individuals that vote for your photo will also be signed 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 with a primary theme of:
      • Education
      • Arts + Culture
  • Give Relief
    • Projects on with a primary theme of:
      • Health
      • HIV-AIDS
      • Hunger
      • Disaster Recovery
      • Malaria
  • Give Support
    • Projects on with a primary theme of:
      • Microfinance
      • Peace + Security
      • Children
      • LGBTQ
  • Give Hope
    • Projects on with a primary theme of:
      • Women and Girls
      • Humanitarian assistance
      • Human Rights
      • Democracy and Government
      • Sport
  • Give Sustainability
    • Projects on with a primary theme of:
      • Environment
      • Economic Development
      • Animal
      • Climate Change
      • Technology

Photo Contest Terms + Conditions:

  • The photo contest submission deadline is 23:59:59 pm EDT on May 4th, 2017. 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) and approved for the website to be considered for submission. The deadline to upload new photos to  project page(s) is 23:59:59 EDT Friday, April 28, 2017.
  • Only organizations that have an active project on may participate. Projects posted only on GlobalGiving supported corporate sites may not participate.
  • The 2017 Photo Contest is open to organizations that have a GG Rewards status of Partner, Leader, or Superstar as of 23:59:59 EDT on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Organizations with a status of Emerging are not eligible to participate.
  • An outside 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.
  • The photos will be uploaded to the voting page on for voting, and voting will be open to the public.
  • Voting will take place from 12:00:01 EDT on May 22, 2017 until 12:00:01 EDT on May 26, 2017.
    • 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.
  • 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 May 26, 2017, will be awarded a $1,000 prize to be used to support the organization’s project. Please note: The winner is not secured until the organization receives confirmation from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization with the photo that has the most votes in each category, excluding the overall winner, 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 If you are interested in viewing the voting page and/or finalists from the 2016 Photo Contest, click here.

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