European Photo Competition

About the competition:

Towns and cities – whether in urban or in rural areas – are being confronted more and more with acute social inequalities. To restore citizens’ trust in the European project,  we need European policies that foster equality of opportunity, protect social rights, address job precariousness – not least within the context of the vertiginous rise of the platform economy – and ensure access to quality public services.

In order to mitigate the consequences of the social challenges at hand, the EU has been investing for decades in people and their skills through its cohesion policy and in particular, the European Social Fund, as well as through key measures laid down in the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The aim of this competition is to encourage amateur and professional photographers to depict social projects and/or social relationships in their towns and cities. Access to health, education, housing or employment, working conditions or the integration of disadvantaged people into society can offer inspiration for such a photo.

The competition is organised in cooperation with SOLIDAR , the European Network of Civil Society Organisations working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.


The three winners of the competition will be selected by a jury chaired by a member of the CoR PES Group and composed of experts in the field of photography and social issues.

Winners will be awarded:

  • Two return travel tickets to Brussels, the ca​pital of Europe
  • Two nights in a unique photography concept hotel
  • A “Brussels Card  ” giving free access to 39 museums, unlimited access to public transport and more.


  • 1st prize: € 1,500 of photographic equipment
  • 2nd prize: € 1,000 of photographic equipment
  • 3st prize: € 500 of photographic equipment

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