Our World is Kind: A Global Photography Contest

Do you believe the world can be a kinder and happier place? It can, through your photography.

The 2018 Our World is Kind photography contest received more than 2000 submissions from 850+ photographers in over 100 countries. There were so many wonderful and inspiring images of kindness, compassion, joy, and love.

That’s why we’re back again for 2019, seeking images from kind and talented photographers from around the world.

New this year! Capture the work of your favorite non-profit or volunteer organization to be eligible for a new prize celebrating their work. Both you AND your favorite organization may take home a prize!

Accepted entries through June 30, 2019

Who's Behind the Contest?
Envision Kindness is a non-profit that inspires kindness by gathering and sharing still and video photography with the world. Science shows that exposure to images of kindness can help people be kinder and more generous. These images can also make people happier, more grateful, and more optimistic. And kind, happy, grateful, and optimistic people are healthier, too!

The photos that you submit to the 2019 Our World is Kind photography contest can help fulfill the mission of creating a kinder, more compassionate, connected, and joyful world. Your artistry has that power to create goodness.

Be a part of the movement. Submit your images and #PictureABetterWorld

What does kindness look like?

Where do you see moments of kindness in your community? What stories can you tell?

Here's a bit of inspiration to help you capture these impactful moments.
Your photos can document real life experiences or illustrate a concept. What does kindness look like to you?

  • Kind People

  • We see kindness in people every day. In people we know and those we haven’t met yet. People lending a hand, helping others, sharing a meal, a smile, or paying it forward. And self-kindness.

  • Kindness in Nature

  • There is kindness in animals, in a heart shape leaf, in hikers lending a hand, in protecting the environment, and much more. When we take the time, we can see kindness all around.

  • Kindness in the Community

  • Our communities are filled with kindness! At work, in places of worship, from non-profits, through fundraising efforts, and in public spaces and shops. Showcase your community organization!

Why enter?

  • You'll be part of the movement to spread kindness, happiness, and health (and feel good, too!)
  • You could win some cash!
  • Your work may be showcased on the Envision Kindness website and distributed through our networks with your photo credit
  • Your favorite nonprofit could have their work celebrated and featured across Envision’s platforms

Want more specifics? Click HERE for rules, terms, and conditions. And check out our FAQ section for some of our most popular questions.

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
Prizes will be awarded according to US law.

The process


Submit your kind photos here. One photo per entry. Up to five (5) submissions per person. It's free to enter! Accepting entries through June 30, 2019

Finalist Selection

Finalists are selected through online voting (20) or by the Envision Kindness staff (20). Harness the power of your community through online voting. See Rules and FAQs for more information.


Judges will choose winning photos from our finalists. Winners will be announced in early August 2019.

Be a part of the movement.

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First Place


Nonprofit Honoree


Public Choice


Honorable Mention (3)

Randomly Selected Entries

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2019 contest judges

These esteemed judges have kindly volunteered their time and expertise to review all finalist photos and select contest winners.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya

Agatha Bunanta

Rick Guidotti

Alexa Keefe

Aundre Larrow

Mara Leite

Michael Lloyd-White

Lucy Martens

Dulce Pinzón

Gittel Price

View Judge’s Bios

2018 Promotional Partners

We are very grateful to the following kind organizations who generously agreed to help promote the 2019 Our World Is Kind contest.


Global Photographic Union


Points North Studio

Random Acts of Kindness

Santa Fe Workshops

Volunteer Match

Women in Focus

World Kindness Movement

And thank you very much to our incredibly generous 2018 foundation sponsor,The Good People Fund, and to our individual donors for making this contest possible.