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Photo Contest 2017

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Project announces the 3rd annual Food Policy Networks Photo Contest: Animating Your Food Policy. Anyone who has dug into the weeds of reforming food policies knows that it requires ingenuity, gratitude, and a good sense of humor. We consider food policy to include administrative changes in a government process, city funding allocations for a local food initiative, as well as change in local or state legislation.

Take a peek at the winning photos from the last two contests to see what food policy in action looks like across the U.S.

Submit your photos for Animating Your Food Policy to by December 1, 2017


One photo may be submitted in each of the following categories per entrant:

  1. Ingenuity: A depiction of an interesting or clever way to communicate to legislators, decision makers, or the public about food policy change.
  2. Humor: An image demonstrating a funny or amusing situation in your food policy work.
  3. Gratitude: An illustration of the moments of joy and appreciation encountered when changing the food system in your community.

All entrants must submit the following to to enter:

  • Photos
  • A completed submission form
  • Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, and Indemnity Agreement signed by the PHOTOGRAPHER warranting that the photo does not infringe upon any copyright, right of privacy, or any other right of a third party; and releasing, indemnifying, and holding JHU harmless from liability
  • Media Permission Form: Each individual or the parent/guardian of a minor that appears in the submitted photograph must sign a Media Permission Form granting the right to use their likeness on open access websites, social media, and other forms of print or electronic publication. Photos of public spaces do NOT need to submit Media Permission Forms.

JHU reserves the right to disqualify entrants who do not submit all required releases and forms upon request.

Who May Enter

The contest is open to anyone, with the exception of employees of the Johns Hopkins University (“JHU”) (along with its affiliates and subsidiaries and members of such employees’ immediate families). FPN will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the terms and rules herein.

Photo Requirements

Photographs must be in digital format. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files sent via email must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 2,100 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 2,100 pixels tall (if a vertical image). Preference will be given for higher resolution photos. Photographs must have been taken within the last year and not previously entered in any other contest.


We will upload selected photo submissions to a database that will be available in an open-access format for use by food policy practitioners, with proper attribution as feasible. By entering our contest, all entrants grant JHU a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, publish, distribute, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, and publicly display the photo for any JHU purpose, including without limitation display on the CLF website.

Judging and Prizes

Each photo will be evaluated and scored based on quality, resolution, creativity/originality, communication of the contest theme, overall impact, compliance with the rules, etc. FPN reserves the right to consider photographs for categories other than the category of submission, if we deem another category more applicable. Winners will be selected and notified by email by January 1, 2017.

Nine cash prizes will be awarded. First place (US $500), Second place (US $250) and Third place (US $100) will be selected in each of the categories: Ingenuity, Humor and Gratitude

To the extent permitted by law, any and all taxes imposed on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.