• Participants must be current MDP students and photos must be taken in the course of the field practicum during the summer preceding the photocontest.

  • Each participant may submit as many photos as they wish (in any format), but should indicate their "top three" for each category. 

  • Participants may adjust their photos for brightness, color, contrast, and light cropping. Photos may not be adjusted in a way that affects their authenticity.
  • Each photo must be high resolution so it can be printed for display.
  • To be eligible for a prize, a photo must be conceived and framed by the participant who submits it and must be taken with his/her own camera.

  • If a student is depicted in a winning photo that was taken by another student it is up to those students to agree on whether and how to share the prize.

  • Participants in the MDP photo contest may also chose to enter the Global Health Institute photography contest.

  • Participants must sign a release giving permission to the MDP and Emory University to use the submitted photos for communication and education purposes.

  • Participants must adhere to and photographs must comply with ethical principles of photography in development practice :
  • Photos will be judged within one of two categories (participants can submit photos to both and there will be winners for each category): Our Field Experience and My Vantage Point.

View the Winning and Selected Images for examples of the kinds of photographs that are more likely to win.

Learn more about Contest Guidelines, Submission Information, and Photography Tips