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Deadline: Jul 19, 2019
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

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Untold Stories: MEI’s 2019 Photography Contest

Untold Stories: MEI’s 2019 Photography Contest

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to announce that the submission period is open for its third annual digital photography contest: Untold Stories.

This year’s contest seeks photographs with a story to tell about the people, places, history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. We particularly invite submissions that showcase underrepresented communities and traditions, and highlight the vibrant and diverse spirit of the region. Creativity in interpreting the theme is highly encouraged, and submissions from all genres and skill levels are welcome.

Please note that previously published material is not eligible.

Photos will be reviewed by a panel of volunteer judges who will select First, Second, and Third Prize winners, as well as a number of Honorable Mentions.

First Prize – $500

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: $150

Honorable Mentions: $75 each

Winning photos will be exhibited at the Middle East Institute and auctioned at MEI’s Annual Gala on November 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. to support MEI’s arts and educational programs.

Please read all contest rules below before submitting. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 19, 2019.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: MEI will publicly announce the winners on The Middle East Institute Photo Contest page and award the following prizes:

1st Place - $500

2nd Place - $250

3rd Place - $150

Honorable Mentions - $75

All winners are responsible for paying any taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above, including but not limited to customs fees if applicable. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit -- including ownership if applicable. A copyright notice with the photographer's name will accompany winning images when used by MEI. Third-party requests for use of winning images will be forwarded to the photographer. USAGE RIGHTS: If your photograph is selected as a winner in the Photo Contest, you grant MEI a 5 year royalty-free, nonexclusive right to:

Display the photograph on

Allow third-parties to share the photograph on social media.

Use the photograph on the Internet and Social Media in support of our mission.

Use the photograph in MEI’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fundraising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual report and the Middle East Journal.

Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for MEI-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, membership premiums, and the like.

Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in MEI’s photo library and accessible to MEI staff via the MEI internal online photo archive.

The Middle East Institute will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption "Person's Name" when the full name is available.

Additionally, one large print of each winning photograph will be auctioned at the 2019 Annual Gala to benefit The Middle East Institute. MEI does not reserve the right to reproduce any submission for sale beyond the aforementioned event.

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