The EU-UNRWA Photography Competition for 2015

Gaza Strip, 2014. © Photo by Khalid Atif
Gaza Strip, 2014. © Photo by Khalid Atif

“We Deserve Life”

Amid ongoing conflict characterized by violence, forced migration, blockade and poverty, young Palestine refugees continue their struggle to achieve their dreams while remaining hopeful and maintaining their resilience. The determination of young Palestine refugees throughout the decades is a remarkable characteristic of the Palestine refugee community.

This year’s EU-UNRWA Photography Competition is based on two things: the fact that Palestine refugees are best positioned to describe their own experiences and the belief that a picture is worth a thousand words. The EU-UNRWA Photography Competition is an open invitation to all young Palestine refugees to capture their hopes, dreams, challenges and moments of victory in photos and project them to the world.

Remind the world that you, too, deserve life

Entry Rules

  • The competition is open to all Palestine refugees aged 16-29.
  • Submitted photos must be recent (since the beginning of this year).
  • Submissions must be the participant's own photographs.
  • Participants agree to grant UNRWA the rights to publish and reproduce their photographs online, in print, as part of exhibitions, and in other publications.
  • The deadline for entry is Monday, 26 October 2015 at 11:59 p.m.  No entries will be accepted thereafter.
  • Please send us the photo (in JPEG format) as an e-mail attachment, as well as a description or caption for the photo (not exceeding 100 words), to
  • Photos should adhere to the following specifications:
    • Minimum resolution of 150 DPI (300 DPI preferred)
    • Minimum 3,500 pixels along the longest side
    • Maximum file size of 10 MB
  • Photos will be judged by a panel of UNRWA and professional Palestinian photographers. Winning photographs will be exhibited at a special ceremony.


  • First prize: US$ 1,000
  • Second prize: US$ 750
  • Third prize: US$ 500
  • Fourth prize: US$ 400 (People's Choice)

The EU-UNRWA 2015 photography competition is made possible through generous funding from the European Union.