Inequality is the most pressing issue facing children in the world today. We want to see that change and through the Reveal Realities Photo Contest we hope to examine the many ways inequality affects our communities. Join the Reveal Realities Photo Contest to reveal the realities of inequality in our communities and across the Americas. The top photos will be used to advocate government leaders and the general public on issues of inequality and child exploitation, abuse, and neglect. We will do this through a Photography Exhibit that will tour the Americas and an Advocacy Calendar that will be given to government leaders.
Through this contest, we hope to examine the many ways inequality affects our communities. Since this takes many different forms, we ask that each photo submission connect to one of the following topics:
- Child Protection: Children and adolescents have the right to equal protection. Often we know of and observe their right to protection being violated because of their age, gender, skin tone, race, etc., thereby undergoing physical and psychological abuse.
- Economic Development & Employment: Growing up in environments that fail to ensure opportunities to develop suitable skills or learn a trade to earn limits someone’s growth and development in society, locking them into low-skilled jobs at low pay, as opposed to other groups which consistently earn much higher incomes.
- Education: Getting a high quality education is everyone’s right, but unfortunately many children and adolescents are deprived of schooling, or attend schools operating under poor conditions that do not ensure proper learning.
- Food, Nutrition, and Hunger: We human beings require good nutrition for healthy growth and development. Inequality in income, understanding of nutrition, etc., can negatively impact a family’s nutrition, harmfully affecting children since good nutrition is essential during this stage of physical and mental development.
- Gender: Often inequalities among men and women are striking. Men and women were created to partake in the same opportunities and rights; but often the difference in roles, responsibilities, rights and levels of employment due to gender differences is very pronounced. .
- Health services: By observing private vs public healthcare services, we see differences in the quality of this universal human right that are putting people’s lives at risk.
- Housing and Shelter: All human beings should have decent housing, safeguarding us from potential risk; yet profound differences in the quality and types of housing available exist, often within just a few yards of each other.
- Infrastructure: Living in an area where the authorities ensure proper structures for all of its population affording it access to and enjoyment of various settings and rights is the proper thing to do, yet many know that this is often not the case, or that decent infrastructure ends up concentrated in one single area.
- Emergency Preparedness: Having community readiness systems, procedures and
resources available to provide timely assistance to those affected.
Standards, tools, mechanisms and resources are in place.
- Labor: Workers have the right to earn a fair wage under safe working conditions, and children should be able to finish their schooling. Too often, poverty makes workers vulnerable to exploitation and puts pressure on children to sacrifice their education in order to earn income.
- Sports: The right to wholesome recreation through participation in a sport is doubly beneficial in that it is a wise use of your free time while also beneficial to your body’s health. Many communities have no decent recreational areas where they can participate in sports activities.
What does inequality look like through your lens?
Contest Prize & TERMS
After the Photo Contest concludes on April 30, we will showcase the top photos through a Photo Exhibit in 16 countries across the Americas and through an Advocacy Calendar distributed to government leaders in each country. These will be used to fight inequality and protect children from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. While we will use many of the photos submitted, we will give special attention to 18 photos – 9 photos with the most public likes and 9 photos selected by our panel of judges.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to the Americas Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Your entry must not infringe on the rights of any person or otherwise violate the law, including, without limitation, the copyrights or trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph. You retain the ownership and rights, including without limitation copyright, to your photograph.
USAGE RIGHTS: By submitting your entry, you grant us an exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display, modify and otherwise use your photograph, in whole or in part, for our own purposes, in all media now known or later developed