Transparency International Photography Competition 2015 (A paid trip to Malaysia to participate in the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference)

Application Deadline: June 12 2015

Contest theme: Illustrate the negative effects that corruption has on your world.

Images have the power to bring about change. They evoke emotion and deliver information that can spur people to action. This is true in the fight against corruption, but capturing the devastating effect that corruption has on people’s lives is hard.

That’s why Transparency International, the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International Anti-Corruption Conference are sponsoring Capturing Corruption, a photography competition that is looking for imaginative and powerful images that show the corrosive effects of corruption.


Whether you’re a student who photographs as a hobby, a professional photographer or are just looking for inspiration to use your new camera– we encourage everyone* to apply.

In order to be an eligible participant of the photo competition, applicants MUST:

  • Be 18 years old or older on 15 July 2015.
  • Submit a photo in digital format and which meets the criteria set out in the Guidelines/How to enter section below. No print or video submissions will be accepted.

What can you win?

There will be three winners in each of the two categories, plus the chance for runners up to have their work published on both the Transparency International and Thomson Reuters Foundation websites.

The two age categories are: (1) 18-30 years old* and (2) 31 years old and older.

The jury will award three winners in each category:

  • 1st prize: A paid trip to Malaysia to participate in the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (2-4 September 2015) and participation in a Thomson Reuters Foundation Photo Journalist course. The all-expenses paid course will combine theory with practical work, and a focus on building a portfolio worthy of publication on the Reuters news wire.
  • 2nd prize: €500
  • 3rd prize: €250

The photographic work of all winners and seven runners-up in each category will be published on the Transparency International website and the Thomson Reuters Foundation website.

* The competition youth category is in memory of Jesse Garcia who passed away in 2013. He was dedicated to bringing to life the work of Transparency International in images.

The deadline for submissions is 12 June 2015.

The winners will be announced in July 2015.


  • The deadline for submissions is 12 June 2015. There is no fee associated with entering the competition.
  • Each entrant may submit a maximum of 3 photos, in digital formats (JPEG/GIF/TIFF). We will also accept mobile photo entries.
  • The maximum file size is 10mb per photo.
  • Minimum resolution of 300 DPI is required.
  • The relevant age category as outlined previously must be selected.
  • Photo submissions must be unpublished.
  • By submitting an entry, the contestant confirms that he/she owns the right to all his/her photo(s), including intellectual property, and that the rights of a person or persons included in his/her photo(s) (subject) have not been violated. This is further addressed in the Terms and Conditions section.
  • Entries depicting violence, racism or pornography will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Captions are critical. Each photo must be accompanied with a short conceptualisation caption (maximum 600 characters). Well-written captions are needed so that judges understand the context of the image. Only captions in English, French, German and Spanish languages will be accepted for the entry to the competition.
  • For inspiration, please see the winning photographs from our last competition.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Capturing Corruption Photography Competition


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