Photo Contest: FAQs

1) Who exactly is eligible to participate?

Anyone 18 years of age or older.

2) Can you explain the purpose of the program?


  1. To increase awareness of the kindness and compassion around us by capturing photos 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
  4. To create more joy, harmony, connection, collaboration, gratitude, and compassion through these photos
  5. We use the best of the images to share with others by streaming them directly into places of higher stress. There is much science behind this.

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 mid October, 2023.

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

The finalists will be announced in early October, 2023.

6) Who selects the finalists and winners?

A total of 50 finalists are selected by both the online community (public choice) and Envision Kindness staff. To be one of the top 10 finalists from public choice, you must have the most shares, votes, and likes during the voting period. Votes and shares both count as points. The images with the top 10 point totals will become finalists. The other 40 finalists are selected by Envision Kindness staff based on the quality of the photo, the message of the photo, and information included by the photographer explaining what is happening in the photo. The winners will be chosen from all of our finalists by our panel of distinguished judges. The Our World is Kind  judges will also select one special image from the 40 finalists they selected to be awarded the Caring and Connection prize,  and one of the 40 finalists to be awarded the Nonprofit prize.  

Only one prize is awarded for any image.  If an image is selected for more than one prize, the prize with the greatest value will be awarded.

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

Kindness appears in many different forms. Our website also provides some ideas and we also encourage you to draw inspiration from last year’s finalists and winners. Some examples and ideas include:

  1. People helping other people: volunteers for a good cause; helping someone by comforting them, offering them food or money, helping the elderly, young or disabled; leaving a note for someone, etc.
  2. Kindness in Nature: People helping animals. Animals helping people. Animals helping each other.  Taking care of the environment; planting a tree.
  3. Community: We really want to see photos from organizations that do good and kind work. Like donating blood, building homes or schools; taking care of the poor, sick, or disabled; taking care of veterans; advocating for peace, love, kindness, and compassion.

8) 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 Public Choice to celebrate that, too.  And for photos that are terrific but don’t receive a high number of public votes, we will also select 40 additional finalist images that were not included in the top vote recipients. So there is more than one way to be selected as a finalist! 


9) How do I get points and votes for my photos?

To be one of our top finalists by points, you must have the most points.

How do you get points? Points are credited every time someone votes for your photo on the contest website.  In addition, you get points from shares, likes or views of your photo on social media! A person can vote once every calendar hours. The more you and others share your photo, the better your chance. This also helps to spread and promote kindness by allowing more people to see your kindness images.

10) Are there any other ways to be a finalist other than receiving the most votes?

Yes! If you were not a top vote-getter, you still may have a chance. Envision Kindness will choose up to 40 photos (not in the top 10 public vote recipients) as additional finalists to move on to the judging round.


11) Can you describe the nonprofit prize?

Chosen from among the 50 finalist photos, the Nonprofit Honoree Prize will be awarded to the photo that most powerfully tells the story of a nonprofit (charity), a NGO, or an organization making a positive impact in their community. Only one prize is awarded to each photo.  If an image is selected for more than one prize, the prize with the greatest value will be awarded. 50% of the prize will go to the photographer, and 50% will go to the featured nonprofit. Do you know a nonprofit doing amazing work in your community? This category could be for you!

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

No. Due to the large number of submissions, only photos eligible for prizes will be notified of their status after the judging period ends. This includes the top 50 finalists (10 selected through voting and 40 selected by Envision Kindness). 

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

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

14) 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 20, 2023.  We follow US law in awarding all prizes–unfortunately, according to US law, photographers from some countries including Iran, Russia, and Belarus may not be eligible to receive the prize money. In that case, we will donate the prize money to an international charity in the photographer’s name.

15) Can photos be cropped or manipulated?


16) Do you accept black and white photographs?


17) 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 the web, at least 3,000 pixels wide, 300 dpi, Adobe RGB, and no larger than 10 MB in JPG or TIFF. Mobile photographs must be submitted at their highest resolution.

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

Yes. Please check that your photo is a high-resolution image. Most smartphones are able to take high-resolution images.

19) Can I submit a photograph that has been entered into a previous Envision Kindness competition?

Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted to an Envision Kindness competition. However, in an effort to promote the creation of new work, we encourage you to submit new photography as much as possible. Please note that photos that have received awards (i.e. First Place, Public Choice, Non-profit, or Honorable Mention) are not eligible for resubmission.

20) Where can I send questions or feedback?

Please email further questions or comments to [email protected].

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