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Our World is Kind: A Global Photography Contest

The 2018 Our World is Kind Photography Contest received more than 2000 submissions from 850+ photographers in over 100 countries. We are grateful to all of the kind and talented photographers who have shared their vision of kindness.  Thank you!

Submissions have closed, but the voting phase is NOW open. The phase is very important to becoming a finalist. VOTE this week to further inspire kindness, compassion, joy, and love. Thank you again to all of our photographers!

Accepted entries through World Kindness Day: November 13, 2018
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 It’s time to ask your friends and family to vote for your submissions!

Photos with the top 20 point totals will become finalists. So, the more that you and others vote for and share your photo, the better your chance of becoming a finalist!  And don’t forget, the image with the most points will be selected as the winner of our Public Choice Prize ($500 USD)!
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How can you score points? 
Points come from:
  • Votes: get people to vote for your photo. Each person can vote for a picture only once each day.
  • Facebook shares and likes: people who share your photo from the contest website
  • Comments: Comments on the contest website will also get points.
  • Anyone can vote for your picture on the contest website by logging on using their email. All emails will be validated and the voter’s information will not be shared.
  • People can vote for your image only once every 24 hours.
In addition to 20 finalists selected by points, another 20 photos will be selected as finalists by Envision Kindness. All 40 photos will be combined into the finalist pool. Winners will be selected by our esteemed judging panel.
The voting window is open from November 15-20, 2018 
Winners will be announced in December 2018.
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Do you believe the world could be a kinder place?
It can, through 
your photography. Science shows that exposure to images of kindness can help people be kinder and more generous. These images can also make people happier, more grateful, more optimistic, and healthier too! 

Envision Kindness is a non-profit that inspires kindness by gathering and sharing still and video photography with the world. The more positive content we share, the more compassionate, empathetic, happy, and healthy our communities can be. 

Be a part of the movementSubmit your kind images and #PictureABetterWorld.

Spread the Word

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What does kindness look like?

Where do you see moments of kindness in your community? What stories can you tell?

Here’s a bit of inspiration to help you capture these impactful moments.  Your photos can document a real-life moment or illustrate a concept. What does kindness look like to you?

KIND PEOPLE

KIND PEOPLE

We see kindness in people every day –in people we know and those we haven’t met yet. In self-kindness. In people lending a hand, helping others, sharing a meal, a smile, or paying it forward. 

KINDNESS IN NATURE

KINDNESS IN NATURE

You may find kindness in animals, in a heart shape leaf, in hikers lending a hand, in protecting the environment, and so much more. When we take the time, we can see kindness all around us.

KINDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY

KINDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY

Our communities are filled with kindness! At work, in places of worship, from non-profits, through fundraising efforts, and in public spaces and shops. Showcase your community organization!

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Why Enter?

  • You’ll be part of the movement to spread kindness, happiness, and health (and feel good, too!)
  • You could win some cash!
  • Your work may be showcased on the Envision Kindness website and distributed through our networks with your photo credit
Want more specifics?  Click HERE for rules, terms and conditions.
Check out our FAQ section for some of our most popular questions.
*Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
*All prizes made according to US law and all submissions must be in English.

Accepted entries through World Kindness Day: November 13, 2018

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The Process

SUBMIT

SUBMIT

Submit your kind photos here. One photo per submission, up to five submissions per person. It’s free to enter.
FINALIST SELECTION

FINALIST SELECTION

Finalists are selected through online voting (20) or by Envision Kindness staff (20). Harness the power of your community through online voting. See FAQs for more information.

JUDGING

JUDGING

Judges will choose winning photos from our finalists. Winners will be announced in early December, 2018

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Prizes

$500

First Place

$500

Public Choice

$100

Honorable Mention (3) 

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2018 Contest Judges

These esteemed judges have kindly volunteered their time and expertise to review all finalist photos and select contest winners.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya

Agatha Bunanta

Rick Guidotti

Alexa Keefe

Aundre Larrow

Mara Leite

Michael Lloyd-White

Lucy Martens

Dulce Pinzón

Gittel Price

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2018 Promotional Partners

We are very grateful to the following kind organizations who generously agreed to help promote the 2018 Our World Is Kind contest.

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We thank our incredibly generous 2018 foundation sponsor, The Good People Fund and our individual donors who made this contest possible! 

Thank you to Ata Adnan, Robert Anton Aparente, Mark Daniel Bostio, Brian Enriquez, Leyla Emektar, Nimai Chandra Ghosh, Patrick Kelley, Rashad Mehdiyev, Ruben Muñoz, Robbie Ross, Partha Pratim Saha, and Laura Silva for the fantastic images used on this page.