Untold Stories: MEI’s Photography Contest – Middle East Institute

Untold Stories: MEI's Photography Contest - Middle East Institute

Opening: June 10, 2019
Deadline: July 19, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $75, $150, $250, $500, Participation in the Exhibition

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.

The Middle East Institute (MEI) Digital 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.

Please note that the subject matter of submissions must pertain to the Middle East, but photographs need not have been taken there.

Previously published material may not be entered.

You may submit a maximum of five (5) entries. Each entry must be a single photograph.

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.


  • First Prize – $500
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $150
  • Honorable Mentions: $75 each

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.

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


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