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Deadline: 13th September 2009
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MIT Legatum Center 2nd Annual Photo Contest

mitThe Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT invites amateur and professional photographers from around the world to enter our 2nd Annual Photo Contest.

The Legatum Center was founded on the belief that economic progress and good governance in low-income countries emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens. In contrast with images that show only the most devastating aspects of life in low-income countries, we look for photos that capture stories of entrepreneurial activity and demonstrate innovation and empowerment.

We believe that entrepreneurship, coupled with the use of transformative technologies such as mobile phones and computers, has the power to create real progress from the bottom up. By sharing your photos, you can help us present a new vision for development – one that is more dignified, one that is more optimistic, and one that inspires action.

This year’s theme is Women’s Entrepreneurship: Empowerment through Innovation. We are looking for photos that showcase women in developing countries engaging in entrepreneurial activities and using technology such as mobile phones or devices. The international contest is open to all photographers globally, and in addition aims to spotlight photographers from India, Kenya, and Mexico.

The contest will be judged by a panel of experts in photography and international development and entrepreneurship. Four winners will receive $500 each, be announced at the Legatum Center’s Annual Conference in October, and have their photos featured on the Center’s website. The deadline for submissions is September 13, 2009, 5 pm EST.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: $500 - Four winners, announced at the Legatum Center’s Annual Conference, will each receive $500 and have their photograph featured on the Legatum Center’s award-winning website. ELIGIBILITY: Any Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: All photos must be the original work of the entrant. The entrant must hold all rights to the photos, and photos must not have been published elsewhere. By entering the contest, each entrant gives the Legatum Center the non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free right to publish his or her photo(s) in our brochures and other print marketing and promotional materials, website, presentations, electronic marketing and promotional materials, fundraising materials, and for internal office use. The entrant retains copyright to all photos and will be credited if they are used by the Legatum Center. If the Legatum Center uses a photo for any other use, or uses a photo that is not a winner or an honorable mention, the photographer will be notified. The Legatum Center is a non-profit, educational organization.

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