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.

Please read all contest rules below before submitting. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 19, 2019.

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Contest Prize & Terms & Prize Details

Prizes:

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.

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