About the challenge


The Challenge

Take a photo that completes the phrase Democracy is… and share it with the world.

The Prize

Special exhibition of your photo at the United Nations and at galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

The Timeline

  • July 7 – July 28 – Submit Photos
  • July 28 – Submission Deadline, 12:00PM GMT
  • Aug 19 – Online Voting Commences – International Photography Day
  • Sept 15 – Winners Announcement – United Nations Day of Democracy

The Details


The Democracy Photo Challenge is part of the global Democracy is… conversation that leverages social networks and creative challenges to allow people around the world to share, consider, debate, and learn from diverse perspectives on democracy. The Democracy Photo Challenge was inspired by the Democracy Video Challenge, an annual contest launched in 2008 asking the world’s citizens to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” through short online videos. Learn more at www.videochallenge.america.gov.

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Our Partners

  • The Annenburg Space For Photography
  • Bridges To Understanding
  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Getty Images
  • International Center for Photoghaphy
  • International Republican Institute
  • International Youth Foundation
  • NBC Universal
  • National Democratic Institute
  • Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
  • Economy
  • Picasa
  • RIAA
  • Taking IT Global
  • United Nations University
  • University of Southern California
  • United States Department of State
  • YouTube