February 13, 2017

Photo Contest on Urbanization and Migration


The Penn Institute for Urban Research, in collaboration with Perry World House, invites you to participate in a photo contest on the theme of “Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography.” In particular, we are interested in images that examine the relationships between urbanization, migration, and marginalization.

                               Submissions accepted February 13- April 5, 2017.

                               Prizes: 1st place = $200; Runners up = $50 each.

To enter: Tweet your image to Penn IUR (@PennIUR). Include a short description of the photo, the date and location of photo, and the hashtag #IURPhotoComp. (If you do not use social media, email your submission to penniur@pobox.upenn.edu.)

Additional information:

  • The contest is open to the public, including all students.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of urban experts.
  • Winners will be announced on April 21 at the “Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration and Demography” conference at the University of Pennsylvania. 
  • All entrants should be mindful of ethical considerations of photographing vulnerable populations. See below for additional ethics information and criteria.


Ethical considerations: Respect for your subjects and the communities you are documenting should always be your first consideration when taking photographs. Culturally sensitive photography requires:

  • considering the emotional, psychological, political, economic, cultural, social or physical circumstances of your subject before taking a photograph;

  • asking for consent before taking a photo;

  • taking into consideration privacy and confidentiality; and

  • giving respect and context to images.

For more specific guidance on culturally sensitive photography visit the UNC Ethical Photography website. For additional information about general ethical guidelines for photographers, read the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics.

File Submission: In order to ensure high quality reproduction, we will require larger versions of the winning photos. Participants must be able to submit a high-resolution version of their photograph upon request. 

Editing: All photos must be your original work. Collage, cropping, and use of software such as Photoshop is permitted.

Copyright: By entering the contest, you acknowledge that the submitted photo is an original work created solely by you, that the photo does not violate, plagiarize or infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, database, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photo. You will retain all copyrights over the image, and the image will be attributed to you when used.

Usage Rights: By entering the contest, all entrants grant Penn IUR and Perry World House and their affiliated publications an unrestricted, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, display, distribute and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit). Penn IUR and Perry World House will not be required to seek any additional approval in connection with such use.



Media Contact:

Deborah Lang
Communications Director

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