Announcing the 2018 photo contest



The purpose of this photo contest is to highlight important contributions by artists, researchers, and change-makers in planetary health from around the world, and to recognize their work at the 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting. Through hosting this contest on Instagram, we aim to increase the visibility of planetary health, highlighting through art our impacts on the environment and how this affects our health. By submitting to the 2018 Planetary Health Photography Contest, entrants agree to the rules of the contest and warrant that their entry complies with all requirements set out in the official rules as defined on this page.


Contest organizer:

The Planetary Health Alliance of Harvard University is a consortium of over 100 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health. The Planetary Health Alliance, located at 26 Oxford St., 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA, 02138, may be reached at or at (617) 998-2626.



Submission guidelines:

Individuals may submit up to two photographs to the 2018 Planetary Health Photography Contest. Photographs should be uploaded to Instagram, utilizing any size compatible with the platform (1640x1640 pixels is recommended). Submissions must include all of the following to be considered: hashtags #planetaryhealth2018 and #planetaryhealth; and tag @planetaryhealthalliance. The photograph must include a description about its relevance to planetary health – e.g. research project and its significance, efforts to achieve solutions in planetary health, creative writing around planetary health themes, etc. Instagram accounts must be made "public" so that judges can view all submissions.


If contestants do not have access to an Instagram account, they may email their submission to:


The contest opens on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, and the deadline for submission is Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 17:00 EST.


If selected, participants must email a high-resolution image of their photograph (at least 1600 pixels wide if a horizontal image or 1600 pixels tall if a vertical image) to by Friday, May 4, 17:00 EST. If winners do not accept by this deadline, other selections will be contacted.


Evaluation & selection:

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1) extent to which the photograph captures the essence of planetary health;

2) the accompanying description's relevance to planetary health and technical clarity;

3) creativity;

4) and artistic quality.

Submissions will be judged by the following individuals:

Chris Jordan, Photographic artist, Filmmaker, and Director of Albatross

Lisa Murray, Photographer and Communications Consultant

Laurel Myers, DVM/MPH Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Erika Veidis, Member Engagement & Outreach Manager, Planetary Health Alliance

Perri Sheinbaum, Program Coordinator, Planetary Health Alliance


Judges will select one first place winner and four runners-up. Decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be contacted by Wednesday, May 2, 17:00 EST and will have Friday, May 4, 17:00 EST to accept and send a high-resolution image of their photograph (at least 1600 pixels wide if a horizontal image or 1600 pixels tall if a vertical image) to If winners do not accept by this deadline, other selections will be contacted.


Winners will be announced through the Planetary Health Alliance social media channels Tuesday, May 8, 17:00 EST, and will be included in the Planetary Health Alliance May newsletter, to be published on Monday, May 21, 2018.



The first place winner's photograph will be published on the cover of The Lancet Planetary Health collection of abstracts at the 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting. All top five photos (the first place winner and the four runners-up) will be displayed on the main screen during the plenary sessions of the Annual Meeting and shared through the Planetary Health Alliance social media channels.



The 2018 Planetary Health Photography Contest is open to all individuals at least 18 years of age from any country or geographic region. The contest is free to enter. Each person entering can submit up to two photographs. Each entry must be accompanied by individual captions which are complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which each photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of the content is cause for disqualification.


Photo restrictions:

Each photograph, in its entirety, must be original material taken by the 2018 Planetary Health Photography Contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photographs and project is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photographs do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph. For persons or patients featured in photographs, photographers must obtain and keep written consent from the individual, or, where this is not an option, their next of kin. Individuals must complete the release waiver (found below) and retain copies of the signed forms. Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's art. Each photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the 2018 Planetary Health Photography Contest judges, contain objectionable or inappropriate content.



By emailing your photo(s) to the Planetary Health Alliance at for the 2018 Planetary Health Photography Contest at any point during the Contest period (defined from contest start date on March 21, 2018 to the finalist notification period ending on May 8, 2018), you agree that the submitted digital file(s) and the accompanying information will become the property of the Planetary Health Alliance, and you grant the Planetary Health Alliance and its agents and licensees a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, non-exclusive license to make, modify, copy, publish, transmit, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and otherwise use and make available, in whole or in part, the photo(s) in any form or media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for any and all educational, editorial, and related promotional purposes without making payment, other remuneration, or notification to you or any third party. You represent and warrant that (i) the photo is your original work, or is properly licensed by you, and does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and (ii) you have obtained any and all releases and permissions necessary for us to publicly display, copy, reproduce and use the photo as described herein. Your submission also allows the Planetary Health Alliance to edit, crop, or otherwise alter any submission as it chooses.


Examples of uses include, but are not limited to: publication in The Lancet Planetary Health; promotion of the photo contest and 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting; publication on any website, web-based media, or social media outlet of the Planetary Health Alliance or The Lancet Planetary Health, and in promotional or advocacy documents, pamphlets, or reports. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Planetary Health Alliance or The Lancet Planetary Health will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. Entrants release and hold harmless the Planetary Health Alliance and its agents and licensees from all claims, demands, causes of action and liability related to said use of the material.


Changes and modifications in contest rules:

The Planetary Health Alliance reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion and to examine the original photographs in order to confirm compliance with these rules.