Middle East Institute Photography Contest – until 19 July 2019

Deadline: 19 July 2019. The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to announce that the submission period is open for its third annual digital photography contest: Untold Stories.

This year’s contest seeks photographs with a story to tell about the people, places, history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. We particularly invite submissions that showcase underrepresented communities and traditions, and highlight the vibrant and diverse spirit of the region. Creativity in interpreting the theme is highly encouraged, and submissions from all genres and skill levels are welcome.

Please note that previously published material is not eligible.

Photos will be reviewed by a panel of volunteer judges who will select First, Second, and Third Prize winners, as well as a number of Honorable Mentions.

Winning photos will be exhibited at the Middle East Institute and auctioned at MEI’s Annual Gala on November 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. to support MEI’s arts and educational programs.


First Prize – $500

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: $150

Honorable Mentions: $75 each


The Middle East Institute (MEI) Digital Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open to all professional and amateur photographers who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Board Members and Employees of The Middle East Institute, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) of those persons 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. MEI reserves the right to reject any entry if, in MEI’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 MEI from proceeding with the Contest as intended. MEI is unable to award prize money to winning entrants who live in countries under US sanctions. Individuals residing in such “Excluded Jurisdictions” are welcome to enter the Photo Contest, and if selected as winners will receive full recognition for their work, but by entering acknowledge that they are ineligible to receive prizes

Photo Contest Website: https://www.mei.edu/2019-photo-contest