Photography plays a key role in shaping our collective understanding of many of the growing and serious global problems we face. The sight of icebergs dissolving in front of our eyes into the sea, for instance, has a forceful impact on our readiness to accept climate change.

Without trivializing the importance of documenting these challenges, this contest aims to heighten the visibility of hopeful and life-affirming stories. Awe-inspiring developments in science and art, forward thinking actions taken by societies, organizations and individuals in response to challenges – there is no shortage of stories waiting to be told.

Our jurors, Phillip S. Block, Ed Kashi, and – soon to be announced – a highly respected professional in the world of photography, look to single out submissions that are engaged and engaging – story telling that goes beyond an individual’s autobiographical self and potentially resonate with a larger audience. We welcome all genres of photography. Winning entries will address a wide range of subject matters and methods of artistic expression, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of participants.


JGS Quarterly Photograohy Contest

Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS) established in 2009 an ongoing juried international photography contest that encourages artists eighteen years and older to submit their own new work. After a successful six year run, we are re-evaluating the current format and do not accept entries for 2016 until further notice.