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The European Disability Forum (EDF) is announcing its open call to submit entries for its annual photo competition 2023.  

Women and girls, particularly those with disabilities, are consistently left behind in various aspects of life. Across all life stages, women encounter both instances of discrimination and opportunities for growth, challenges, and achievements that shape their experiences. 

The EDF Photo Competition 2023 ‘Breaking Barriers – Stories and voices of women and girls with disabilities’ aims to challenge participants to present images that break down stereotypes and preconceptions surrounding women with disabilities from diverse cultural, background, and/or ethnic contexts. 

We are seeking pictures that capture their everyday lives, struggles, and accomplishments, covering a broad range of topics, including gender and social equality in: 

This competition is open to all who wish to contribute to portraying the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Your photograph may amplify their voices and show their stories. 

Grab your camera and shoot. Submit your photo now! 


The three final nominees will receive: 

How do you enter? 

Who can apply?

EU/EEA citizens or residents from all ages and there is no entry fee. Participation is individual, not as an organization.

What can you submit?

All participants must submit the following three requisites:

1. One original single high-resolution photo (300dpi) with image description.
Allowed: editing, filters, camera built-in effects.
Not allowed: Collages (more than one photo), watermarks, text, or other elements added to the photo.

short description in English including the author’s name, and the city and country where the photo was taken.

2. A signed copy of the Rights Authorization.

3. Two signatures are needed, one from the person who took the picture and one from the person(s) appearing IN the picture.
Participants taking a photograph of children, ensure that they obtain and provide us with the written consent of that child’s parents/guardian.

Photo Competition 2023 – Rights Authorization (Word document)


All entries must be original work and the participant must either be the sole owner or the transferee of the copyright. By entering the competition, participants retain full copyright of their images.

However, participants also grant the European Disability Forum the right to publish and exhibit uploaded photographs.

How will the photos/ materials be selected?

All photos are checked to make sure that they meet the competition rules before being accepted and shortlisted. Once a photo has been reviewed, participants will receive an email with notification of whether it has been accepted or rejected. All pictures may be included in an online album and used for EDF social media channels and communication campaigns.


The jury will be composed by a member of the EDF Board Committee, a member for EDF Women’s Committee, two members of EDF staff, as well as two art professionals. The entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

Entries that are offensive, defamatory or obscene, or that disclose unnecessary personal information will also be rejected from the competition.

Selection of winners

There will be a selection of 20 finalists which will be exhibited online and in social media. The jury’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered in on its decision. At the end of the jury selection period, the winners will be notified by email. 

Acceptance of Competition Rules

By entering the competition, the participants agree to be bound by the Competition Rules, including acceptance of granting copyright to EDF. 


Fairness and respect are the basis of the competition. Any participant reasonably suspected of cheating, will be disqualified from the competition and their entries removed. No correspondence will be entered in on this matter. 


These documents are downloaded directly to your computer.