Shining a Light: Water Photography Contest by Muhammad Ali Center

Shining a Light: Water Photography Contest by Muhammad Ali Center

Deadline: December 31, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $500, $750, $1,000, participation in the exhibition

The Muhammad Ali Center is honored to announce the topic of its eighth annual “Shining a Light” International Photography Contest and subsequent exhibition will be informed by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (#6), clean water and sanitation, as it relates to women and gender equality.

The Muhammad Ali Center requests submitted photographs pertinent to the above described topic. Images should relate to women’s work, lives, sanitation, and hygiene involving water.

Photographs from this contest will be used to produce a documentary-style exhibition of 30-45 photographs, which will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Contest Theme

Shining a Light: Water

“Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent.” -United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6

While men and women alike rely on water and are affected by its scarcity, women have more responsibilities, needs, and uses of water. Water as a social issue of gender equality and a United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goal can be explained as having three reasons that emphasize the impact of water availability on women’s lives.

One, in many cultures world-wide women and girls are largely responsible for the collection of water for their households, often having to walk miles to and from a viable water source, which increases their vulnerability.

Two, women are often the members of households who manage the water supply and utilize that water for cleaning, cooking, and the general well-being of their families.

Three, women’s hygienic needs including reproductive cycles, pregnancies, and childbirth require greater access to clean water.

Contest Calendar

  • Call for Submissions: July 20, 2020
  • Entry Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Muhammad Ali Center Exhibition: March 6, 2021 – TBD


A monetary prize will be awarded to the contestants by the Muhammad Ali Center in recognition of placing first, second, or third in the photo contest.

  • 1st Prize — $1000
  • 2nd Prize — $750
  • 3rd Prize — $500

Other Recognition:

  • Press Release
  • Website
  • Social Media

About Shining A Light

The Muhammad Ali Center leveraged its existing capacity to increase awareness around issues of human rights and social justice on local, national, and international stages. In 2013 the Muhammad Ali Center created “Shining a Light,” an international photography contest focused on gender equality. The “Shining a Light” exhibition opens in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8 every year and offers educational programming about the selected topic in order to enhance the audiences’ experience.

About The Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience.

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