How to Apply


The Emory Global Health Student Photography Contest celebrates Emory students whose photographs document a global health, public health, or health care issue in a creative, thought-provoking and respectful way. Students submitting winning photographs will receive a cash prize.

Frequently Asked Questions

Emory undergraduate and graduate students, medical residents and fellows, and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to participate.

Five winning photographs will be selected each year. Students submitting winning photographs will receive a $500 cash prize and a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

In past years, EGHI has accepted only photographs students have taken in both low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). In 2020, EGHI amended this to include photographs students took in the US that captured an aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the 2021 contest, EGHI is turning its focus on the United States and the numerous health issues that affect American residents.

We are changing our guidelines for 2021 for the following reasons: 1) students have not been able to travel freely because of the pandemic, 2) global health challenges occur everywhere in the world, and 3) we believe that turning the lens on the US is appropriate as our country continues to struggle with high COVID incidence and death rates, vaccine hesitancy, health disparities impacted by racial and social justice issues, and resistance to public health mitigation measures.

To that end, EGHI will accept photographs that students have taken in the United States and US territories during the past five years. Emory students may submit up to three photographs that they have personally taken that document a public health, health care, and/or global health issue taking place in the United States. Photographs can focus on the health of populations, the health of individuals, chronic diseases, the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases, environmental health issues, environmental justice issues, school health, health care delivery, social determinants of health, and substance abuse issues, to name just a few. These topics are just examples of subjects and do not represent all of the health-related topics students can document in their photographs. The subject matter can be people, buildings, landscapes – whatever the student photographer thinks documents the health topic.

Photograph Descriptions

In addition to submitting photographs, students must write a brief description (200 words maximum) of each photograph that they submit. In this description, students should explain what the photograph is depicting and describe its connection to a global health/public health/health care issue in the US. Students should develop titles for each photograph that they submit.

Students must only submit photographs that they have taken themselves.

EGHI will be hosting a virtual panel discussion focusing on the ethics of global health and documentary photography that will take place during the fall 2021. We encourage all student photographers to attend as well as any interested Emory community members. Please stay tuned for more details about this event. For more information on ethics and photography, please see below.

When photographing people, you should:

  • Respect the person you are photographing and treat that person with dignity
  • Obtain verbal consent from the person or people you wish to photograph and then show them your digital photograph to ensure they are comfortable with it
  • If possible, obtain written consent from the person or people you wish to photograph and then show them your digital photograph to ensure they are comfortable with it
  • If you are taking pictures of children, obtain the verbal consent from their parents or guardians
  • Be mindful when taking pictures of people who are receiving health care -- respect their privacy, follow the photography rules of their health care facility, and obtain their verbal consent to take their photograph
  • Do not take pictures of people, including children, when they are unclothed out of respect for their privacy
  • Do not take pictures of people when they are unconscious because they cannot provide their verbal consent
  • Be mindful of whether or not you are representing the person accurately and/or the community accurately
  • Be mindful of your intent in taking the photograph (e.g., are you taking it to document a situation, raise public awareness, capture something beautiful, tell a story, etc.)

Please visit these sites to learn more about ethics and photography.

TEPHINET’s Global Health Photography Ethics Modules

Unite for Sight Ethics and Photography in Developing Countries

National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics

The Need for Ethical Representation in Documentary Photography

Ethical Dilemmas and the Documentary Photographer: An In-Depth Interview with J. Ross Baughman

You can see past Global Health Student Photography Contest submissions by clicking the button below.

View past submissions

The submission deadline for the 2021 contest has been extended to October 7, 2021.

Submit photos through our photo contest portal.

Students can submit up to three photographs with corresponding descriptions via our contest portal. Uploaded photos cannot be larger than 10 MB. If your photographs are larger than 10MB, please resize in a photo editing program (e.g., Photoshop, Paint, etc.) before uploading. Please retain your highest resolution photos in case one or more of your submissions are winners. You may also submit your photos via a link, but please ensure that the link you submit is accessible to anyone who has it.

Students will retain ownership of their photographs, however, EGHI and Emory University reserve the right to use submitted photographs in their promotional materials.

Winning photographs will be selected by an external panel of judges. Photographs will be judged on their technical and artistic merits as well as their ability to effectively convey a message that pertains to a health issue taking place in the US.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Baggett, Director of Student Programs, at rbagget@emory.edu.