Survival’s 45th Anniversary Photographic Competition

A photograph tells a thousand words: Survival launches first ever photographic competition to mark 45th anniversary.
Enawene Nawe men perform the Yãkwa ritual, a four-month exchange of food between humans and the ancestral spirits, accompanied by dancing and chanting to the sound of flutes.


Enawene Nawe men perform the Yãkwa ritual, a four-month exchange of food between humans and the ancestral spirits, accompanied by dancing and chanting to the sound of flutes.
© Fiona Watson/Survival

In 1969, the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine published an article by Norman Lewis about the genocide of Brazilian Indians, with strong images from the acclaimed photographer Don McCullin.

It led to the founding of Survival International, the global movements for tribal peoples’ rights.

Tribal peoples have developed ways of life that are largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse. Photography is a powerful medium for raising awareness of tribal peoples and the threats to their existence.

Images play an emotive role in telling important stories. And ultimately they can help to change the lives and futures of some of the most vulnerable peoples on earth.


© Caroline Halley des Fontaines/Survival

In 2014, Survival celebrates its 45th anniversary. To mark this, we are launching our first-ever photographic competition. We are looking for striking photographs of tribal and indigenous peoples from every corner of the globe.

Winning entries will create Survival’s 2015 calendar, which every year raises funds for Survival’s vital campaign; will be published on Survival’s website and social media outlets; and will be exhibited at The Little Black Gallery in London and in other countries where Survival has offices.

Hadza hunters in Tanzania use the song of an African bird to guide them to bees’ nests in baobab trees.


Hadza hunters in Tanzania use the song of an African bird to guide them to bees’ nests in baobab trees.
© Joanna Eede/ Survival

Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the judging panel will include Survival’s Director Stephen Corry, actor and Survival Ambassador Gillian Anderson, the BBC’s Human Planet photographer Tim Allen, the Little Black Gallery’s Founder Ghislain Pascal, Survival’s Photography consultant Joanna Eede and Survival Italy Coordinator Francesca Casella.

The winning images and overall winner will be selected not only for their originality and the strength of composition, but also for their demonstration of sensitivity to and understanding of tribal peoples, their ways of life and the issues that jeopardize their futures.

The winning image will receive an Olympus camera E-PM2, donated by Olympus.

Image categories, Survival’s photographic policy and full terms and conditions of the competition can be found below:

Categories:

-Lands: images that show the intimate relationship between tribal peoples and their lands across continents.
-Human diversity: portraits of individuals, families, relationship between parents and children, elderly, etc.
-Ways of life: for e.g. hunting and gathering; rituals and ceremonies; life at home; nomadism.

Terms and conditions:

-We only accept digital submissions of no more than 1MB (if your photograph is chosen, we will ask you to submit the original file in high resolution).

-Maximum 5 images submitted per entrant.

-Open to both amateur and professional photographers worldwide.

-By submitting images you agree to give Survival International permission to print them in Survival’s 2015 calendar, and for the images to be used only for:

-Press and publicity in conjunction with the calendar, including print and online.

-An exhibition to be held at The Little Black Gallery, London and in other countries where Survival has offices.

-By entering the competition all entrants confirm that their entries are their own original work, that they own the copyright in it, and that they haven’t infringed third party rights.

-Respect for tribal peoples is paramount. No tribal peoples or their lands should be harmed, offended or violated in the process of taking photographs. (See Survival’s photographic policy below).

-Survival International accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost or corrupted during the upload.

-Survival International’s decisions on all matters affecting the competition are final.

-Competition closing date: March 31, 2014.

-Please email entries to: photo-competition@survivalinternational.org

-Please make sure each submitted image is clearly captioned with the following detail: name of tribe; place/country photograph was taken; any relevant narrative, activity or information; and, if possible, the date each photograph was taken.

Survival photographic policy:

Survival has always striven to convey a fair and accurate picture of tribal people. Where practicable and where they might otherwise convey a false impression, Survival will date the images it publishes. Those contrived by a photographer or videographer to make tribal people appear more ‘traditional’ than they are in reality, or where they dress for tourists, or which otherwise falsify their appearance or behavior, are only knowingly used by Survival if this is explained.

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