“Overpower, Overtake, Overcome”: A Visual Tribute to Women & Sport Photography Contest

 Deadline Date: June 06, 2024

 Donor Name: Global Observatory for Gender Equality and Sport

 Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

The Global Observatory for Gender Equality and Sport has launched a photo competition and exhibition, which puts a spotlight on empowering women and girls in all their diversity in and through physical activity, physical education and sport, from all walks of life.

To mark the Paris 2024 Olympic and beyond, the Global Observatory for Gender Equality & Sport, UNESCO, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Women, UNAIDS, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Sport for Social Change Network Africa and Bobbi Brown are teaming up to organize a powerful globally travelling photo exhibition: “Overpower. Overtake. Overcome: A Visual Tribute to Women & Sport.”

They aim to celebrate women and girls in sport in all their diversity, striving to overpower stereotypes, overtake obstacles and overcome barriers across all walks of life.

Women and girls in all their diversity around the world from rural fields, school playgrounds, refugee camps to elite sport stadiums, women who are challenging the status quo, levelling out the playing fields and pushing for a transformation, with resilience and courage despite sparse resources and multiple challenges.

A picture is a worth a thousand words they say, and they want to hear your story. Enter the competition and share your amazing photo telling the story of either the challenges or triumphs of women and girls in the world of sport. Share a title and write up as background to your thoughts around the photo and what it depicts, and you could stand a chance to win and have your photo exhibited in Paris (France), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal) and Geneva (Switzerland).


  • Your interpretation of OVERPOWER. OVERTAKE. OVERCOME:
    • defy stereotypes (OVERPOWER),
    • surmount obstacles (OVERTAKE),
    • break through barriers (OVERCOME).
  • Your photo/s should showcase the challenges and triumphs experienced by women and girls in the world of sport.

Prize Information

  • The top 20 images selected will be awarded cash prizes as well as have their work exhibited and printed.
    • Winner- $2000
    • Runner up- $1250
    • Second Runner up- $750
    • 17 FINALISTS – $350
  • Please note that the above prizes are only open to non-professional photographers.

What you will get?

  • The winning photographs, depicting the strife and the triumphs of women and girls, harnessing the power and potential of physical education, physical activity and sport (PEPAS) to advance their health, rights and empowerment, will be travelling around the world and be showcased in prestigious locations including art galleries, selected museums, UN offices in Geneva, Dakar, Johannesburg and Paris, and many more places during Paris 2024 and beyond. Further, the winning picture will be prominently shown as part of a high impact exhibition organized by the UNESCO at their headquarters in Paris, that is dedicated to empowerment through sport. In addition, a virtual exhibition with global reach will be hosted.
  • While some photos will be selected for display during Paris 2024, as a legacy and a testament to sustainable activism and advocacy, a broader and expanded range of photos will be depicted in an “Overpower. Overtake. Overcome: A Visual Tribute to Women & Sport“ Exhibition Photobook available for purchase.

Who can Participate?

  • The competition is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

Photography Guidelines

  • The competition is open to all image data files created with a device capable of taking still images, including smartphones and digital still cameras (including medium and large-format digital cameras).
  • Images that have been retouched using camera apps, photo editing apps, other software, etc. will be accepted.
  • Both color and monochrome images will be accepted but will compete against each other.
  • File size: up to 20 MB of image data per image will be allowed to be uploaded.
  • Image data file format: JPEG/150 dpi or more is recommended.
  • Images can be submitted in either landscape or portrait format.
  • The standard color space for the judging process is RGB.
  • Entrants must hold all applicable rights to the final image, including any retouching or other image processing.
  • Winners might be asked to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes related to the contest.

For more information, visit Global Observatory for Gender Equality and Sport.

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