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Food Policy Networks Announces 2019 Photo Contest

Good food change: What does food policy look like?

Our annual photo contest is back! The Center for a Livable Future’s (CLF) Food Policy Networks (FPN) project received fantastic entries as part of last year’s theme on demonstrating the impact of your policy efforts. Hence, we’ve decided to keep this year’s submission categories the same: policy progress and humor.

We invite you to share photos you have taken showing how your work on policy has changed your community’s food system. What was your organization’s or food policy council’s contribution to the policy change?  Who were the champions that helped to pass your policy?  How did your policy change impact beneficiaries? We consider food policy to encompass everything from administrative changes in a government process to allocating city funding for a local food initiative to changing hospital food purchasing practices.

In the humor category, we invite you to submit a photo demonstrating what amuses you about your work.  How do you have fun with your work and celebrate with your group?

Take a peek at the winning photos from our previous FPN photo contests to see what food policy in action looks like across the U.S.

Submit your photos to by December 13, 2019


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

  • Policy progress: An image demonstrating how your food policy council or organization makes progress on food systems policy change.
  • Humor: An image demonstrating a funny or amusing moment in your food policy work.

You must submit the photos with the following to

  • 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 and photos that do not have text or graphics superimposed on them. Photographs must not have been 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 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 the end of January 2020.

Six 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: Policy Progress and Humor

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