How to Apply

The purpose of this contest is to foster cultural sensitivity by encouraging Emory students conducting global health projects to examine the culture and people with whom they are working. Learn more about our photography contest guidelines and important dates below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Emory undergraduate and graduate students, medical residents, and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to participate.

For the 2020 contest, EGHI will accept photographs that students have taken in low- and middle-income countries during the previous five years. Students can submit photographs taken while on an Emory or non-Emory program (e.g., EGHI Field Scholar experience, RSPH GFE, Peace Corp experience, study abroad program, travel/tourist experience, etc.).

EGHI will also accept photographs that students have taken in their own countries and environments that document aspects of the current COVID-19 pandemic. For example, students can submit photographs that depict their experience quarantining at home, learning remotely, graduating virtually, moving to a relatively empty Emory campus, social distancing, the creativity of face masks, and/or conversely, people not following public health guidelines. These are just a few examples of subjects that could be depicted in COVID-19-related photographs. 

All photographs submitted must have been taken by the students submitting them.


You can see past Global Health Student Photography Contest submissions by clicking the button below.

View past submissions

The submission deadline for the 2020 contest is October 16, 2020.

  • For the 2020 contest, photographs must be taken within the last five years.
  • Students can submit up to three photographs in JPG files. Each JPG file should be between 2-3 MB for email submission purposes. However, if one of your photos is selected as a winning or honorable mention photo, EGHI may reach out to you to submit a JPG file that is between 10-14 MB so that we can print a 13X19 copy of it at 300 dpi. To that end, please have a larger JPG file available should one of your submitted photos be selected as a winning photo.
  • Submit no more than three JPG photograph files and one MS Word document that includes three photograph titles and three photograph descriptions (150 word maximum) to Name your photographs as follows: lastname_firstname_picturenumber.jpeg. (e.g., smith_sarah_1.jpeg).

Students can submit up to three photographs. Photographs may depict global health challenges, solutions, and/or the peoples, cultures, and their environments in a low- or middle-income country. Photographs may also depict social, economic, environmental, or medical/healthcare-related aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US or another country. Subject matter can include portraits, landscapes, or any subject that depicts a global health issue.

Students will retain ownership of their photographs, however, EGHI and Emory University reserves the right to use submitted photographs in promotional materials.

When photographing people, we greatly encourage you to employ the following:

  • Respect the person you are photographing and treat that person with dignity
  • If possible, obtain verbal consent from the person or people you wish to photograph and then show them your digital photograph to ensure they are comfortable with it
  • If you are taking pictures of children, try to obtain the verbal consent of their parents or guardians
  • Be particularly mindful when taking pictures of the vulnerability and privacy of people who are receiving health care -- respect their privacy and follow the photography rules of their health care facility
  • We discourage you from taking pictures of people when they are unclothed out of respect for their privacy
  • Be mindful of whether or not you are representing the person accurately and/or the community accurately
  • Be mindful of your intent in taking the photograph (e.g., are you taking it to portray a situation, raise public awareness, capture something beautiful, etc.)

For more information surrounding the ethics of global health photography, please see the UniteforSight website and TEPHINET’s global health photography ethics modules.

Winners will be selected by an external panel of judges. Photographs will be judged on their technical and artistic merits as well as their ability to convey a global health message.

Five winning photographs will be selected each year. Students submitting winning photographs will receive a $500 cash prize and a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Baggett, Director of Student Programs, at