COVID-19: The Bigger Picture

Capture the untold consequences of COVID-19 on people’s lives


COVID-19: The Bigger Picture. Capture the untold consequences of COVID-19 on people’s lives and livelihoods through the power of photography.
Could your picture tell a thousand words? Then the camera is in your hands. Our photo competition is open to anyone with a passion for turning the lens on the real lives behind the headlines, and an ability to capture the most powerful images of the pandemic’s impact on everyday people. You don’t have to be a photographer or a journalist to apply; we’re calling for all visual storytellers to capture the untold consequences of COVID-19 on people’s lives and livelihoods.


Awards will be given for the three best photographs. The winning entries will be those that, in the opinion of the competition judges best visually capture the human impact of COVID-19 in its myriad forms.
All text accompanying entries must be submitted in English (for non- English entries a translation in English must be provided).
Award Prizes
• All the recipients of the Award (the “Winners”) will receive an Award certificate.
• Winners will be granted attendance to an online photojournalism masterclass run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. This masterclass will allow the Winners to enhance their skills as well as identify how to best capture images to tell stories.
• Each Winner will also each be offered the unique opportunity to work alongside the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news team on a piece of photojournalism content selected by the Thomson Reuters Foundation that will be shared via the Reuters wire, a global distribution news network.
The prizes for the Winners are as described above, on the Organisers’ websites ( ; and/or on (‘’Award Website’’). No transfer, refund, cash redemption, substitution, cash equivalent or replacement of any prize by any Winner is permitted, except that the Organisers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value (or cash equivalent). In the event the approximate retail value of a prize is different from the actual retail value of that prize, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Applicable taxes are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Any portion of the prize not accepted or unclaimed and/or unused by any Winner will be forfeited and will not be substituted. In no event will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded.


The Award is open to all people with an interest in photography, may the extent of their interest be professional, amateur, journalistic, a hobby, opportunistic or even accidental. All entries should focus on the theme of the human impact of COVID-19. The Award is open only to those who are at least 18 years of age on the last date for entry. Proof of age may be required. Photographs submitted may be published or unpublished. All Photographs must be original (meaning not using third party copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this Award. Entrants must be available to attend the online masterclass, which will be taught in English. This is provisionally scheduled for January 2021, but reasonable notice of the final dates will be provided to the winning Entrants. Members of staff working at the same organisation as any of the competition judges or at the Omidyar Network, the Omidyar Group, the Thomson Reuters Foundation or Thomson Reuters, as well as the immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not. Entries submitted by freelancers who work with the Omidyar Network, the Omidyar Group, the Thomson Reuters Foundation or Thomson Reuters are eligible.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

By accepting a prize, all Winners agree and acknowledge that the Organisers and any of their designees or licensees may, without any limitation or further compensation, use his/her name, voice, biographical data, likeness, picture, entry materials, photograph, winning Photograph (in whole or in part), city name and audio and/or video recording of him/her in any and all media now known or hereinafter devised, throughout the universe and in perpetuity, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Award or for any other promotional purpose, except where prohibited by law.
All Winners agree, without limitation and for no further compensation, for a period of 3 months following the Announcement Date, on reasonable notice and on a remote basis (unless the Organisers wish to travel to a Winner’s location), to take part in post-competition publicity as required by the Organisers, which might include, without limitation, making himself
available to the Organisers (or their designees or licensees) for interviews in relation to the Award.
By participating in the Award, Entrants consent to the processing of their personal information collected by the Organisers, exclusively for purposes connected to administration of the Award and awarding the prize and as set forth in the Privacy Policy.
Grant of Rights
You always own the copyright in your Photograph. When You submit a Photograph to us as an entry, You grant the Organisers a licence to use your Photograph. The Organisers never own the copyright in your Photograph.
By entering the competition, You grant the Organisers (including their subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, designees, sponsors, supporters, assignees, licensees and contractors (“Affiliates”)) a perpetual, royalty- free, non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to use, edit, post, store, copy, transmit, publicly display, reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, in whole or in part, the Photograph in relation to the Award or for any other reasonable purpose. Uses may include, but are not limited to: inclusion on the Award Website and/or on the websites of Omidyar, Thomson Reuters Foundation or Thomson Reuters or their Affiliates; on social media used by the Organisers and/or their Affiliates; in releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press and other media giving information about or promoting the competition; inclusion in a book or other compilation of winning and commended Photographs; in a display at exhibitions; display on a web browser for judging purposes.
Entrants agree that the Organisers shall be entitled to assign, sub-license or deal in any other matter with any or all of its rights in relation to Photographs as regards third parties or otherwise as the Organisers may see fit.
You hereby waive in favour of the Organisers, their Affiliates and successors in title all moral rights in the Photograph to which you may be entitled under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force anywhere in the world to the extent necessary for the Organisers to exploit their rights under these Competition Rules.

The Organisers will endeavour to ensure that name credits are given to Entrants for any Photograph published in any medium. However failure by the Organisers or any third party to accord such credit shall not give rise to any liability to any person.
Upon the Organisers' request, Winners agree to sign any and all legal forms and/or documents that the Organisers may deem necessary to complete, implement, effect or perfect the license or grant of rights, title and interest in and to the Photograph to the Organisers as envisaged under these Competition Rules.
Notwithstanding Entrants’ retention of copyright in a Photograph:
(i) Entrants shall not exercise their rights in relation to a Photograph in any way that is, or renders it, obscene, offensive or defamatory or which associates it with an immoral, obscene, offensive or defamatory matter or which damages or is likely to cause damage to the reputation of the Organisers or the Award by virtue of the association between the Entrant and the Organisers as a result of the Photograph being submitted for, or winning, an Award; and
(ii) During the period of the competition and for a period of 12 months following the Announcement Date, Entrants shall not monetise Photographs nor grant any rights or licence over Photographs for any commercial or monetary use including, without limitation, within a library of commercially available images.


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