Allard Prize Photography Competition



Location (s):

  • Canada
  • Online


The bi-annual Allard Prize Photography Competition, which recognizes photographic excellence reflecting the ideals of the Allard Prize, is adjudicated by the Allard Prize Committee and Maxe Fisher, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


Photographers are enouraged to submit entries year-round. Entries should reflect themes of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability, the rule of law, and of human rights and/or anti-corruption generally. We also particularly welcome entries that depict corruption and human rights violations in the developed world.

Winners are selected twice a year, shortly following the submission deadlines of May 1st and November 1st. Winning photographs are announced on our galleries page and promoted on our social media channels.

How to Enter

  • To enter the Competition, Entrants must upload their photograph and complete the online submission form including:
    • a brief description (up to 1200 characters) of the photograph, describing how the photograph reflects the themes of the Allard Prize of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law, or of human rights and/or anti-corruption generally; and 
    • a brief biography of the Entrant.

The submission form is located on the Allard Prize Photography Competition page on the Allard Prize website, at (photographs, descriptions and biographies shall together be referred to as “Entries”).

  • Photographs submitted are to be digital photographs, submitted at the highest resolution reasonably possible. Horizontal images should be at least 1180 pixels wide and vertical images should be at least 740 pixels tall. The photograph should have no borders and no white or black framing. The file name must contain the name of the photographer. 
  • By submitting an Entry, Entrants grant to the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) all rights in and to the Entries required for the purpose of the Competition. No Entries will be returned for any reason. 
  • Entries may be submitted at any time but, in order to be included in a particular cycle of the Competition, must be received during the period designated for entry in such cycle as set out on the Allard Prize Photography Competition page on the Allard Prize website. Entries may be declared invalid if they are illegible, incomplete or damaged.
  • The Allard Prize and UBC are not responsible for lost, illegible, incomplete, damaged, or misdirected Entries, which may be disqualified, or for hardware, software, telephone or other technical malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, delayed, incomplete, inaccurate or garbled electronic communications, howsoever caused including, without limitation, by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, or by any human error that may occur in the processing of the Entries.
  • No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with Entrants except with those selected as a potential prize winner.


Announced at the opening of Allard Hall, the home of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, the CAD $100,000 Allard Prize for International Integrity, conceived of and funded by alumnus Peter A. Allard, Q.C., is intended to recognize an individual, movement or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption or protecting human rights, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the Rule of Law.

The Allard Prize is administered by the Allard School of Law. The Faculty has a deep and longstanding history of advancing human rights. Faculty members have been pioneers in articulating and supporting women’s human rights, the rights of First Nations and indigenous communities, and the rights of victims of crime. Faculty scholarship stands at the forefront of new thinking on crimes of corporate complicity, human trafficking, and economic and social rights.

Faculty members have held respected positions as UN Rapporteurs and judges, and conducted judicial training at the national and international levels. Currently housed within the law school are programs which invite direct student engagement in advancing human rights, including the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic, The Innocence Project, the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, and the Law Students Legal Advice Program. 

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

The Competition is only open to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their country of residence at the time of entry (“Entrants”). Members of the Allard Prize Photography Competition Jury, the Allard Prize Committee and the Allard Prize Advisory Board are not eligible to participate during their terms as Jury, Committee or Advisory Board members and for one year following the end of their terms.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Each winning photograph will receive CAD $1,000 and be featured on the Allard Prize website, with a brief description and the photographer’s name, for six months. Winning entries will be archived as a past winner on the website afterward. 

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