Photo Contest FAQs

1) Who exactly is eligible to participate?

Anyone over the age of 18.

2) Can you explain the purpose of the program?


1. To increase awareness of the kindness and compassion around us by capturing images demonstrating these virtues

2. To educate and inspire the general public through wide sharing of the impactful content generated by the program

3. To engage photographers to be an integral part of this transformational program and both recognize and reward them for their efforts

3) Is the contest free to enter?

Yes! The contest is completely free to enter.

4) When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced in December 2017.

5) How about the finalists, when will they be announced?

The finalists will be announced mid-November, 2017. 

6) Who selects the finalists and winners?

The finalists are selected by the online community. To be one of the top 30 finalists, you must have the most shares, votes, comments and likes during the voting period from September 26th through October 1, 2017. The winners will be chosen by our panel of distinguished judges.

7) How do I get votes for my photos?

To be one of our top 30 finalists, you must have the most votes.

What is a vote? Someone can log on to the contest website and vote once every 24 hours. You also get votes everytime someone shares, likes or views your photo on social media! You can also get votes when someone comments on your photo! The contest administrators reserve the right to delete (and disqualify) any comments that are negative or do not pertain to the contest. So the more you and others share your photo, the better your chance! This also helps to spread and promote kindness!

8) Is there any other ways to be a finalists other than receiving the most votes?

Yes! If you were not a top vote getter, you still may have a chance! Our judges will choose up to ten photos (not in the top thirty vote recipients) to move on to the judging round.

9) Will I be notified if I was NOT chosen as a finalist or winner?

No. Due to the large number of submissions, only the 30 finalists will be notified of their status after the voting period ends on September 24, 2017. If you are neither a finalist nor a winner.

10) How many photos can I submit to the contest?

Each photo must be a separate submission. You are allowed up to five submissions.

11) Can I enter if I live outside the United States?

Yes, but photographs must be uploaded by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on September 24, 2017.

12) Can photos be cropped or manipulated?


13) Do you accept black and white photographs?


14) What size should my digital image be for uploading with the online entry form?

In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. Photo contest images are judged on computer screens, which have a maximum resolution of 72dpi.

Please retain a high-resolution version of your photograph(s) in your personal files. You will need to have a higher-resolution image on hand, a minimum of 300 dpi and 3,000 pixels on the longest side, to be considered in the final rounds of the contest. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution.

15) Can I submit an image I took with my cellular phone?

Yes. Please check that your photo is a high resolution image. Most smartphones have the capabilities of taking high resolution images. Please submit the photo at its highest resolution.

16) What do you mean by an image of kindness?

Photos stir our emotions and transform our perspectives about life and the world in which we live. An image of kindness is an image that makes us feel more empathetic and compassionate after viewing. It is in the hand of the photographer how to capture and frame such a perspective.

17) Why do you do voting?

Our aim is to share images of kindness with as many people as possible to inspire more kindness.  We also know that these images make people feel good.  We include it as part of the contest so that you can inspire your own family, friends, and network with your good work.  As we value what the public thinks, we have also created an award for people’s choice to celebrate that, too.

18) Where can I send questions or feedback?

Please email further questions or comments to [email protected]