$500 Grant Prize

Social Issues Photography is a way to bring awareness to the various factors which affect our human life, our interactions with each other and with our environment, in order to impact social change.

Sometimes called “social documentary,” such photographs can range from depicting workaday life, landscapes impacted by human endeavors, cultural expressions of lifestyle, and can be rural or urban, showing living conditions at all economic levels.


Summary of Photo Contest Rules

Please read these documents for complete rules:


Entry Form & Release;

Description of Entry;

Sample Photo Release Form;

Permission to Sell.


With the advent of the cell phone camera, this type of social photography is gaining wide acceptance, being an immediate “visual shorthand” of the “here and now” of our social issues.







All these documents must be submitted with entry.

This is a contest for Amateurs of all ages.

You have obtained all Model Releases related to the photograph images.

Submission will be in two formats:  1) a frame-ready mounted photo; 2) a disk containing the electronic file in .jpg format. 

You give License Release of the .jpg  file to Center of the World Festival.

You enter into a Consignment agreement (60%/40%) for the sell of the frame-ready mounted photo.

THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2016.  PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT UNTIL JANUARY, 2016:  This is a Monthly Contest which culminates in an Annual Competition of all monthly winners.  You may submit one entry per month.  If you win more than one monthly contest, then all those monthly winners will be placed into the Annual Competition.  Deadline from Monthly submissions is the last day of each month.  Public viewing and judging is held during the following month.  You will be notified of outcome of each monthly competition in which you submit.  Deadline for final monthly submission is June 30, 2016.  All monthly finalists will be posted on the www.cowfest.org website.  

Public viewing and judging of all finalists from the months from January, 2016 to June, 2016, will be held during  Eighth Annual Festival of August 13 to 15, 2016.  The public audience will vote for the “People’s Choice” award of grant prize of $500.

Photos are evaluated by “People’s Choice” based upon community response to the social issues depicted.                          

To clarify some confusion over the "donation" request: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, we are always seeking donations. However, there is not an entry fee for this competition. Donations are voluntary. All submissions are accepted without donations.

If you are submitting by mail, checks are accepted.

If you are submitting by e-mail, go here to make on-line donation: Events, Tickets, Donations

Click here for a PDF copy of the Grant Recipient Agreement.

HomeNonprofit Profile |

2012 © Copyright Center of the World Festival, Inc. All rights Reserved.
2012 © Copyright Prescott Photography.  2012 © Copyright Peter Gullerud.
Website Developed and Managed by Shelia Clark.
Powered by Wild Apricot. Try our all-in-one platform for easy membership management