2020 photo contest: Inclusion and education

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Shortlisted photographs from the 2017/8 photo contest. Credits from left to right: Sourav Karmakar, Sourangshu Banerjee, Ysabel Victoriano, Rose Ahier, Rahul Saha, Rahul Saha ,Muhd Khalifah Sani Bin Abd Latif ,Lloyd Ericson Castro Rodriguez, Liska Rahayu, Domyson Dulay Abuan (winner 2017), Dipayan Bhar, Ayush Attery


Every year, the GEM Report holds an international photo contest to seek out new and original images to complement its innovative findings and analysis.  A selection of the best photos feature in the Report and associated communications products.

Due out in March 2020, the next GEM Report will focus on inclusion, addressing all groups excluded from education, including girls, the poor, migrants and refugees, ethnic and linguistic minorities, LGBT communities and people with disabilities. By analyzing countries from across the world, the Report will highlight policies and interventions to build an inclusive education system.

The brief

We are inviting submissions of original photographs that capture either the essence of inclusive education or help depict some of the key challenges standing in its way. We invite photographers to share and illustrate different interpretations of inclusive education from around the globe (these may be positive or negative depending on your experience or location), and influence the way people think through images.

You must gain written permission from all people in your photos to allow them to be used by us. Each photo should be accompanied by description text that includes a short artist biography and a caption stating where and when the photo was taken, a relevant quote if possible and the names of any people in your photo(s) as well as the credit you would like to be used if your photo is chosen (likely format Credit: YOURNAME/UNESCO). Please note you will be judged on the photo alone, not the supporting text - this will purely be used for contextual purposes.

See the “Terms and conditions” for technical specifications.

The best photo will be awarded with $500

If chosen, you will be awareded with $500 and your photo(s) will be put forward for selection to appear in the 2020 GEM Report and other outreach material credited with your name.

Who can enter?

Anyone is eligible to enter the contest. Contestants may submit multiple entries but no more than 3 per photographer.

How to submit your photo(s)

Please send your photo(s) in electronic format by following the instructions below:

1.            go to www.unesco.org/tools/filedepot/

2.            enter your name and email

3.            upload your .zip file 

4.            enter recipient email: gemreport@unesco.org

5.            enter message to recipient: "2020 Photo Contest". Photos will not be accepted without the description text.

6.            click [Send] button

7.            Please make sure you also upload a completed entry form with your photo(s).


After the contest closes at 23.59 (Paris time) on 31 October 2019, a jury will choose the best photos. Photos will be judged in terms of message clarity, composition, personification of the subject, and overall presentation.

We will announce the winning images on the GEM Report’s website and Instagram feed from early November 2019.

View Terms and Conditions

Download entry form