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‘COVID-19: The Bigger Picture’ Competition 2020

‘COVID-19: The Bigger Picture’ Competition 2020

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The Thomson Reuters Foundation calls application for ‘COVID-19: The Bigger Picture’ Competition Rules 2020.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is partnering with Omidyar Network to shed light on the stories of ordinary people living in extraordinary times, and in doing so, bring into sharp focus the human impact of COVID-19. In addition to commissioning five professional photo essays, the two organizations are launching a photo competition that invites ordinary people to submit their photographic images capturing the true human impact of the pandemic, wherever and in whatever form that might be.


The main objectives of the ‘COVID-19: The Bigger Picture’ Competition Award are:

  • Encouraging awareness of the human impact of COVID-19 by leveraging and scaling the crucially informative role of citizens reporting on these issues.
  • Shedding light on the many underreported dynamics relating to COVID-19.
  • Motivating citizen journalists and photography enthusiasts to report on the human impact of COVID-19.

Award Prizes

  • All the recipients of the Award (the “Winners”) will receive an award certificate.
  • Winners will be granted attendance to an online photojournalism masterclass run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. This masterclass will allow the Winners to enhance their skills as well as identify how to best capture images to tell stories.
  • Each Winner will also each be offered the unique opportunity to work alongside the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news team on a piece of photojournalism content selected by the Thomson Reuters Foundation that will be shared via the Reuters wire, a global distribution news network.


  • The Award is open to all people with an interest in photography, may the extent of their interest be professional, amateur, journalistic, a hobby, opportunistic, or even accidental. All entries should focus on the theme of the human impact of COVID-19.
  • The Award is open only to those who are at least 18 years of age on the last date for entry. Proof of age may be required.
  • Photographs submitted may be published or unpublished. All Photographs must be original (meaning not using third party copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this Award.
  • Entrants must be available to attend the online masterclass, which will be taught in English.
  • This is provisionally scheduled for January 2021, but reasonable notice of the final dates will be provided to the winning Entrants.
  • Members of staff working at the same organization as any of the competition judges or at the Omidyar Network, the Omidyar Group, the Thomson Reuters Foundation or Thomson
  • Reuters, as well as the immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win.
  • “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not.

Terms and Conditions 


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline28 October,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Thomson Reuters Foundation



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