The 2018 Rotarian Photo Contest

Show Us Your Best Shot

Do you have a great shot from a club project or fundraiser? Did you capture a memorable moment at the convention or during an international trip? Enter your images in The Rotarian's 2018 photo contest and you might see them in the pages of the magazine. You may enter up to three photos taken since 1 January 2017. While some photos might have elements of all three, select one category to enter your photo. Our previous guest judges have included Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly, Kathy Ryan, director of photography for the New York Times Magazine and photojournalist Steve McCurry. This year's judge will be announced soon.


15 February 2018


Winning photographs will be featured in the June 2018 issue of The Rotarian Magazine.

To enter, you must be a Rotarian, honorary Rotarian, or a participant or alumnus of an official Rotary program. Spouses or children of Rotarians are also allowed to enter.

Maximum of three entries per person. All subsequent entries will be discarded.

Supply your image in png or jpeg format up to 5MB in size.

We occasionally write stories in the magazine about the projects featured in photo contest submissions. Please describe the photograph in a way that would help us tell the story behind the photo, including details on any projects or individuals featured in the photo.

Up to 50 words.

First Name

Last Name

Please enter your name.

Please enter your email address.

Street Address

Address Line 2





Photo tips

10 ways to take more compelling photos

The right image can make you cry on the subway, laugh in a board meeting, or lend your support to a worthy cause on the spot. Grab your camera or take out your phone, and use these tips to tell your Rotary story through pictures.

Move your subjects out of the middle of the frame

Photograph happy

Find the light. Avoid using flash.

Wait for the moment

Direct your subjects.

Set the scene

Remember the details

Take a lot of pictures. Edit later.

Rotary on Instagram

Instagram is the photo lover’s storytelling tool. Rotary uses the free social network to share pictures celebrating our members, local service projects, and community partners while showcasing our impact around the world. You can too: Download the Instagram app on smartphone and join the site’s 500 million monthly active users. Follow @rotaryinternational on Instagram to see examples of how we can tell the Rotary story through pictures.

The Rotarian Photo Awards 2017-18  

Official Rules  



Any member of a Rotary club, honorary Rotarians, or a participant or alumnus of an official Rotary program who are eighteen (18) years or older.



Photographs must be submitted between 1 December 2017 at 00:00 Central Standard Time (“CST”) and 15 February 2018 at 23:59 CST (“Contest Period”).  



1. Visit and complete the entry form (“Form”) and agree to these Terms.

2. Using the link provided at, upload and submit a maximum of three (3) photographs in the formats required, in addition to a description of the photographs. Photographs should relate to Rotary projects and people, or in some way to Rotary club activities or Rotary values. The Form is also available in electronic form upon request by contacting Rotary International (“Rotary”).


You must only submit three (3) photographs. By submitting one or more photographs, you represent and warrant that your photographs are in compliance with these Terms. All photographs will become the property of Rotary and will not be returned.




Photograph Requirements

  • Your photographs must be your original creation;
  • You must hold all rights to the photographs, including copyright;
  • Photographs must be at least 1600 pixels wide for horizontal photos or 1600 pixels high for vertical photos at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi);
  • Photographs must be of high-resolution: at least 2 megabytes (MB) and not to exceed 5 MB per file;
  • Only photographs saved in a .jpg or .jpeg format may be submitted;
  • Photographs may be in color or black and white;
  • Photographs must have been taken digitally since 1 January 2017; and
  • If your Submission includes images or likenesses of people, you must receive permission to photograph those people and the permission of the parent or legal guardian of any minors to:
    • i) photograph those people, and
    • ii) license use of the photographs and their likenesses/images to Rotary.  


  Photograph Restrictions

  • Photographs may not have been previously published, exhibited, displayed, submitted or distributed to a third party and may not be pending publication;
  • Sponsor will not accept scans of non-digital photographs; 
  • Photographs must not contain material (images, logos, artwork, property) that violates or infringes the rights of others, including, but not limited, to copyright, trademark  or other intellectual property rights;
  • Photographs must not defame or invade the privacy rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased (including personal or private health information) or contain defamatory materials; and
  • Photographs must not contain inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, unlawful, illegal or discriminatory materials, as determined in Rotary’s sole discretion.

Rotary will disqualify any photographs that do not adhere to the requirements set forth above or that contain any of the restricted materials or activities set forth above.



First, second, third place and honorable mentions will be published in the June 2018 issue of The Rotarian Magazine. 

Rotary will notify winners on or around 15 March 2018 and the individual notified must contact RI within seven (7) days after being notified to claim or forfeit the award. Failure to respond within seven (7) days will result in forfeiture of the award.  



A photographer selected by Rotary will review the photographs based on storytelling ability, composition, aesthetic and emotional impact and three (3) photographers will be selected to receive either a first-place, second-place or third-place award. Photographs that do not comply with these Terms, in Rotary’s sole discretion, will not be eligible for the award selection process or an award. 



By submitting a photograph, you grant Rotary, and The Rotary Foundation, a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, sublicensable, assignable, perpetual, license and right to use, print, publish, reproduce, perform, edit, modify, adapt, distribute, broadcast, webcast, exhibit, digitize, archive, transmit, create derivative works from, and display your photograph(s), the content in your Form, and your likeness, name, image, statements, voice and biographical and personal information (collectively “Likeness”) in whole or in part, for any purpose whatsoever, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed including in Rotary’s publications, via streaming, and on social media. You agree that Rotary shall have the universal right to license use of your photographs and Likeness, including i) for the purpose of promoting Rotary and its Foundation, ii) to others including, media outlets and its licensed magazines and partners, and iii) through Rotary’s online image database. Any personal information collected from you is subject to Rotary’s Privacy Policy.



Rotary shall not be liable in any way for injuries to persons or damages to property incurred or suffered by anyone involved in the creation of a photograph or submission of a photograph to Rotary or from the acceptance or use of any awards. The Rotarian Photo Awards is in no way sponsored, administered, endorsed or associated with Facebook; and you release Facebook and Rotary from any claims, damages and all liability arising out of or in any way related to your participation in The Rotarian Photo Awards. Rotary reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate these Terms. These Terms are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A. without regard to its conflict of laws; and in the event of any dispute arising under this Agreement, you agree to submit to the jurisdiction of any court, which is located in the County of Cook, State of Illinois, U.S.A. Nothing herein may be construed to make anyone submitting a photograph or involved in the creation of a photograph, including their parents/legal guardians, an agent or employee of Rotary.

Purchase from or donation to Rotary or its Foundation is not necessary.

All federal, state, and local laws apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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