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Our Diversity Is Our Strength Photo Contest

  • Contest Information
  • Submission Requirements
  • Terms

To highlight the diversity and strength of our community, a call for photos to address an issue that is prevalent in our country today: xenophobia.

This year's Call for Entries, open from June 15 - July 31, 2020, welcomes submissions of photographs that depict the stories of immigrants who have added to our diverse cultural landscape.

Through visual stories of immigrants, whether first generation, second or 10th, we see the hopes and dreams that we all share for ourselves and our families and the things that bind us as a community and a nation.

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  • Entrants should submit only photography.
  • A photographer may submit up to 4 images.
  • Submissions will be accepted from June 15 through July 31, 2020 (12:00am midnight PST).
  • Digital uploads only.
  • All photos must be submitted in JPEG format.
  • Each person entering the contest must supply a valid telephone number, email address, and full name.
  • Contest is open only to submissions of images taken within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
  • The Submission, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the submitting entrant.
  • Any post production on images should follow photojournalistic standards and involve only minor adjustments such as contrast, sharpness, white balance.
  • Inappropriate photo manipulation may result in an image being disqualified.
  • Watermarks are not acceptable.
  • Each Submission must be the submitting entrant’s own produced work and may not feature or focus on any material owned or controlled by third parties (unless the entrant can provide written documentation of permission to use any materials owned by a third party as set forth below or in a form and substance determined by contest coordinator in its sole discretion).
  • The entrant must provide upon request all appropriate clearances, or proof of image ownership.
  • The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below.
  • If selected, the entrant must supply a high-resolution file (300 pixel/inch) no smaller than 10 inches in the shortest dimension (3000 pixels), within one week of notification.
  • You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit -- including ownership if applicable.



  • The images will be selected by a panel of judges and their decision is final. No correspondence pertaining to the selection process and decision will be entertained.
  • The panel of judges will evaluate the images based on the following criteria:
    • Artistic/visual appeal.
    • Extent to which the photograph captures the essence of the theme.
  • The judging panel reserves the right not to select images that do not meet the requirements stated in this document.
  • The entrant must provide upon request all appropriate clearances, or proof of image ownership.
  • The contest coordinator and sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of Submission.

If a photograph to enter the Call for Entries is submitted, the entrant grants a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to:

  • Display the photograph on ‘our’ sites, and ‘our partners’ sites.
  • Allow third-parties to share the photograph on social media.
  • Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, and the like, related to our exhibit and connected projects.
  • Use, in connection with the Photo Exhibit, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the photo library and accessible to staff via online.

Use of Personal Information

  • Personal information provided by entrants may be used as required to:
    • notify winners of the results
    • provide entrants with information about the contest
    • correspond with entrants about their submissions
    • announce the winning entries
    • generate general contest statistics
    • send out questionnaires about the contest

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020

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