2018 IDEP Contest Official Rules

2018 Theme: Global Actions for a World Free of Child Poverty

The official rules for the End Child Poverty’s International Day of Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) Photography Contest.



The IDEP Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open to all who have reached the age of majority (18 years of age in most countries) in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Employees, interns, or partners of End Child Poverty, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of employees, are not eligible to enter.

By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Photo Contest.

End Child Poverty reserves the right to reject any entry if, in End Child Poverty’s sole discretion, the laws of an applicable jurisdiction, including but not limited to the entrant’s jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry, would prohibit or limit End Child Poverty from proceeding with the Contest as intended or the consideration or awarding of any Prize would impose additional administrative, tax, operational, or legal burdens on End Child Poverty.


The Photo Contest is sponsored by Arigatou International. This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


The Photo Contest begins on October 17, 2018 and ends on November 20, 2018 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.


The Public vote for People’s Choice begins on November 27, 2018 and ends on Dec 6, 2018 (the “Voting Period”). Votes submitted before or after the Voting Period will not be eligible.


End Child Poverty believes children hold the power to change the world. For our 2018 Photography Contest, we’d like to see what you are doing in your community to help address child poverty. Poverty throughout the world has many different forms, and we want you to show us what actions you are taking to help address the forms of poverty in your community that are affecting children in particular.

Are you:

  • Donating food, clothes, books, or other goods?
  • Volunteering your time at a shelter, hospital, school or other establishment assisting children?
  • Are you helping to improve a resource for children in your community like a school, park or library?

The possibilities are boundless and we are excited to see what you are doing in your community.

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 20MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 240 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

Entries should include the following information: (All fields with an asterisk (*) are required.)

  • Name*
  • Email*
  • Location*
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Name of location (ex: school, hospital, park)
  • City
  • State/Province
  • Country
  • Detailed caption of subject matter*

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to End Child Poverty upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to End Child Poverty upon request. If you need a release form please click the link to download a printable version.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. End Child Poverty reserves the right to require entrants to submit evidence of the subject’s legal consent to be photographed for the submitted photograph, which may include a signed waiver from the subject. NOTE: Waiver requirements vary by jurisdiction, and the entrant is responsible for obtaining a legally enforceable waiver from any photographed subject.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  • Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
  • End Child Poverty shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. 

Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. 


All images must be submitted though our website, including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission.

You can select an image directly from your computer desktop, or submit images from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for consideration in the contest. Digital images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted.

You may enter an unlimited number of times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entry or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo) anytime on or after November 20, 2018. 


Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to the contest theme. The winner and runner up award will be determined based on which of the honorable mentions receives the most votes. Judging to select the 20 honorable mentions will be conducted by a panel selected by End Child Poverty at its sole discretion (the “Panel”). The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick:

Honorable Mentions (20 honorable mentions will be selected): Amazing images that showcase and illustrate the contest theme.  

The 20 honorable mentions will be notified of their status and will appear on by November 27, 2018. At that time, the public can vote from the 20 honorable mentions. The public’s votes will determine:

  1. Overall (1 winner, selected from among the 20 honorable mentions): You’ve nailed it. Your images rise above the rest and encapsulate a world free of child poverty in a stunning way.
  2. 1st Runner Up – you came close and did an amazing job!

The winner and 1st runner up will be revealed online on December 10, 2018.

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

End Child Poverty will notify the winner and runner up via the contact information provided at the time of entry. 


  1. Jonathan Lackey – Jonathan has extensive knowledge and experience in art, design and photography. When not working, Jon spends most of his time trying to photograph his son, daughter and two untrainable shih-tzus.
  2. Nyambura Gichuki – Nyambura is committed to developing the leadership capabilities of young people and enabling them to live purposefully.
  3. Abdulrahman R. S Marjan – Marjan is a communication and peacebuilding specialist, with an interest in development. In his free time, Marjan volunteers at schools and the community level to give motivational career speeches and counselling to the youth. 


Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.


End Child Poverty will award the following:

  • One (1) overall Winner: Your Winning Photo will be used as one of the main leading images in our 2018/2019 #EndChildPoverty Campaign. This will include, but not limited to, our online publications, social media messages, webpage cover image, our 2019 IDEP Campaign images, and posters produced by Arigatou International-End Child Poverty. Your inspirational story and photo will also be featured on our website.
  • 1st Runner Up: Your photo will be part of our #EndChildPoverty Campaign. This includes but is not limited to, social media messages, our 2019 IDEP Campaign images, and featuring your inspirational story and photo on our website.
  • 20 honorable mention winners: Your photos will be part of our #EndChildPoverty Campaign, including social media messaged and the 2019 IDEP Campaign images.

Any award details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a award with another award of equal or greater value if the award is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed here.


Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant End Child Poverty a royalty-free, nonexclusive right to:

  • Display the photograph on our website.
  • Allow third-parties to share the photograph on social media.
  • Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in End Child Poverty’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, and annual report.
  • Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for ECP-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 the ECP photo library and accessible to ECP staff via the ECP internal online photo archive 

End Child Poverty will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.


In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.


By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


Any information you submit as part of the Photo Contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, you consent to Sponsor’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.


You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Photo Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action.


To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request to End Child Poverty, IDEP Photo Contest, Crawford Business Park, State House Road P.O. Box 43546 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya. Requests must be received by December 20, 2018. 


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed here.

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