Our World is Kind: The Global Photography Contest

Envision’s 2022 Our World is Kind contest received more than 2,000 submissions from over 760 photographers in over 85 countries. There were so many wonderful and inspiring images of kindness, compassion, joy, and love. Thank you to all of the photographers who captured and shared moments of kindness from communities across the globe!

Submissions and voting have closed! Stay tuned for the announcement of our finalists.

IT’S TIME TO ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS!

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)! 

How can you become a finalist?

  • Your image either must be selected by the Envision Kindness team OR must receive votes from the general public. The top 10 images with the most total points will become finalists.
  • Reach out to your friends, family, and social networks and ask them to vote for your image.
  • Only points that are recorded during the voting period will count.

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.
  • People can vote for your image only once every calendar day.

The voting window is open from May 17-20, 2022!

In addition to the 10 finalists selected by points, another 30 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. Envision Kindness may select up to 10 additional photos for separate consideration for the Nonprofit Honoree and Caring and Connection prizes.

Winners will be announced in June 2022

Do you believe the world could be a kinder place?
It can, through 
your photography. We know that after people see images of kindness, they are kinder, happier, more optimistic, and more generous.  

Envision Kindness is a non-profit that inspires kindness, compassion, joy, and love through still and video photography. We share the best images to inspire people wherever they are.  Some we make into videos to become part of EnSpire.

You can see a sample of how we may use photos in the video montage Why Do Hugs Feel So Good? on this page. And on the EnSpire page, you will find more videos as well as links to the science showing how your images of kindness, caring, and compassion can make people happier, calmer, more grateful, and more generous!

This is a very powerful and simple way to help people connect with their humanity and the humanity of others. 

Be a part of the movement. Inspire someone else. Submit your kind images for free and #PictureABetterWorld.

Spread the Word

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 lending a hand, helping others, 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.

KINDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY

KINDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY

Our communities are filled with kindness! At work, in places of worship, in hospitals, from non-profits, and in public spaces and shops.

Why Enter?

  • It is FREE to enter!
  • Your art can help create new acts of kindness and make people happier
  • You could win some cash
  • Your work may be showcased on the Envision Kindness website and distributed through our networks with your photo credit
  • Your favorite nonprofit could have their work celebrated and featured across Envision’s platforms

Are you interested in learning more about how your images might be used to help inspire others? 

Click HERE for rules, terms & conditions, and more information on how your images will be used.
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. All submissions must be in English.
Please note: US law prohibits us from sending funds to certain countries, including Iran. Recently, in light of the invasion of Ukraine, we are unable to award prize funds to Russian or Belarusian citizens. Entrants from Russia and Belarus will be recognized for their contributions, and are eligible to earn any of the prize titles, but we are unable to award the associated prize money to individuals from these nations at this time. We recognize that there are many kind people in those countries as there are in all others. As the world needs much more kindness, we need to find ways to come together, we welcome everyone’s participation. As it is important to still honor their talent and kindness, any winnings of photographers from these countries will be awarded to an international charity that promotes peace and tolerance.

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 (10) or by Envision Kindness staff (30). 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 June 2022.

Prizes

$500

First Place

$500

Public Choice

$500

Nonprofit Honoree 

$250

Caring & Connection

$100

Honorable Mention (3) 

Introducing the Caring & Connection Prize!

This prize will be awarded to an image that depicts a moment of care and connection during the pandemic. Over the last two years, incredible kindness could be felt from the care of nurses and doctors on the frontline, or in the creative ways neighbors and communities have cared for one another and stayed connected. We are looking forward to showcasing work that illustrates how caring, connection, and kindness is abundant, even during very difficult times. For more information on this and our other prizes, see our FAQs.

The Nonprofit Honoree Prize is back for 2022!

The nonprofit prize will be awarded to a powerful image showcasing a nonprofit’s work or impact. 50% of the prize will be awarded to the photographer, and 50% will be awarded to the nonprofit. We look forward to honoring their important work this year. For more information on this and our other prizes, see our FAQs.

2022 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

Martin Buzora

Heather Templeton Dill

Dr. James Doty

Leyla Emektar

Linda Epstein

Dr. Piero Ferrucci

Aundre Larrow

Mara Leite

Chelsea Matiash

Kristen McNicholas

Pavithra Mehta

Stephen Oke

Dulce Pinzón

Dr. Dan Siegel

Marilyn Turkovitch

Sergey Volkov

2022 Promotional Partners

We are very grateful to the following kind organizations who generously agreed to help promote the 2022 Our World Is Kind contest.

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