Photo Competition
Democracy in Focus: A Snapshot in South Asia & Europe

Photo Competition for Calendar 2025
Photo Competition


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The 2025 calendar project, titled "Democracy in Focus: A Snapshot in South Asia & Europe" aims to capture the essence and diversity of democratic practices in South Asia and Europe. The 2025 calendar will feature powerful photographs highlighting the vibrant democratic traditions and the various ways in which people engage in the democratic process. Through this initiative, we seek to explore and celebrate how democracy is viewed and experienced differently across cultures, emphasizing its universal importance and the unique expressions it takes around the world.

The Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom South Asia invites people to join this initiative to show your perspective on how you see democracy in your respective country or region. Selected images will be featured in the 2025 calendar and published on the Foundation's social media channels.

Participation is only open to individuals in South Asia and Europe.


The calendar will feature 12 months, with each month dedicated to a specific country or region within South Asia and Europe. Each month will include:

  • A stunning photograph that encapsulates a significant moment or aspect of the democracy in that country or region.
  • A brief description of the photograph.
  • Relevant historical or contextual information to provide a deeper understanding of the image and its significance.

Remuneration: 12 winners will receive 100 EUROS each and their photos will be promoted through our social media channels. 

Eligibility & Rules: The images must be original and not published anywhere else.

Details to enter the competition:

  • Images must be uploaded in common formats like .jpeg/.jpg or .png.
  • They should be saved in high quality.
  • The resolution must be above 3264x2448 pixels (8 megapixels).
  • Pictures must not display the name of the photographer, agency, publication, or any other identifying information.
  • All pictures must include an accurate caption, written in English only. The caption should answer the following question: "What does democracy mean to you?" (Only one or two sentences). Wherever required, proper descriptions of the picture must be provided.
  • Only single-exposure and single-frame pictures will be accepted.
  • The following are not allowed: multiple exposures, polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.), and stitched panoramas, whether produced in camera or with image editing software.
  • Copyright holders retain the copyright of their work. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) unlimited, non-exclusive use of high-resolution pictures for activities in all media, including social media, online, and print. This use pertains to the contest, exhibition, yearbook, public archive, and all promotional and educational activities under the auspices of the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), without any remuneration.
  • The copyright holders represent and warrant that the submission of the pictures does not breach any laws, and that no third party can hold any claims or objections regarding the rights granted to the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). The copyright holders will hold the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) harmless from any claims by third parties related to this.

Submit your entries to by August 4, 2024