Fotografiska New York + United Nations Human Rights & David Clark Cause = the Annual ‘Photography 4 Humanity’ Global Prize Competition & Exhibitions



2019 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Recipient: Sameer Al-Doumy
Description: “A married couple drink coffee in the remains of their home in Souma.”
Location: Syria. Courtesy Fotografisks

Fotografiska New York, the photography museum located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, announced today their partnership with United Nations Human Rights and David Clark Cause as the exclusive presenter of the annual Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition and subsequent exhibitions.

Submissions for the 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition open today, May 8th, and will be open until August 31, 2020.

Photography 4 Humanity is an initiative created by David Clark Cause. The project calls on photographers around the world to bring the power of human rights to life through their images, and submit their work for an annual competition. The Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Recipient and the Top 10 Finalists will be announced and exhibited on December 10th, UN Human Rights Day, at Fotografiska New York. Following the month-long installation, the images will move and be displayed at the United Nations. The Global Prize Recipient will also receive a $5,000 USD cash prize.

“Photography 4 Humanity was created to highlight some of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus global pandemic, an emphasis on human rights has never seemed so important, and we assume many of the photo submissions will address the human rights implications of COVID-19,” said Photography 4 Humanity Creator David Clark. “Photography 4 Humanity has the ability to highlight courage, hope, injustice, despair, compassion, human rights failures and victories which hopefully will serve to inspire people around the world to get personally involved.”

“Through Photography 4 Humanity, we look forward to shining a light on the rights of the most vulnerable,” said Laurent Sauveur, Chief of External Outreach, UN Human Rights. “While the world is facing a pandemic that tests our societies, we believe these images will expose, promote, educate and build awareness of the importance of human rights around the world and inspire people to take a stand for human rights.”

This esteemed award is unique in the field of human rights and photography, as it is presented annually by Global Partner United Nations Human Rights – the lead agency within the United Nations system to promote and defend human rights – and internationally renowned Presenting Partner Fotografiska New York. The laureates will also be selected by an eminent jury that includes renowned photographers, journalists, photo editors and human rights champions such as Robert Pledge, Elisabeth Biondi, Robert Clark, Kristen Ashburn, David Rose, Amanda Hajjar and Laurent Sauveur.

“We are honored to have been selected as the Global Presenter of Photography 4 Humanity in support of UN Human Rights, as our founding principle is to inspire a more conscious world through the art of photography,” said Amanda Hajjar, Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska. “By helping to provide a platform to share these human rights images with the world, we hope to give voice to those who have none.”

All professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to enter the 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition by visiting and submitting your images. The competition will close August 31st, and our esteemed jury will then select the 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Recipient, and the Top 10 Finalists.

About Photography 4 Humanity Global Initiative

Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers around the world to bring to life the power of human rights through their images. Highlighting the most compelling human rights imagery – illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, compassion in ways small and large, the images serve to inspire people to personally get involved and take a stand for human rights. For more info, visit:

Fotografiska New York is the new destination for photography and culture, located in a treasured landmarked building in NYC’s Flatiron District. The Museum offers an unexpected mix of world-class art, vibrant cultural programming, exceptional dining, music, nightlife and curated retail. 

Founded in 2010 in Stockholm, Fotografiska is guided by the principle of inspiring a more conscious world through photography. Fotografiska has built a safe haven of innovation, inclusivity and self expression. The presentation of photography is powerful and unparalleled, 
and includes over 220 exhibitions to date, such as David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Bettina Rheims, Sally Mann, Sebastião Salgado, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ren Hang, and Zanele Muholi. For more info, visit:


About the UN Human Rights 

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) is the leading UN organization on human rights with a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people. Under the leadership of the High Commissioner and with a staff of 1,300 working in more than 70 countries, it aims to make human rights a reality in the lives of people everywhere. For more info, visit:


About David Clark Cause

David Clark Cause (DCC) is a global leader in creating cause-related brands and initiatives that both inspire and endure. For over two decades, founder David Clark has leveraged the iconic stature and cultural currency of world-renowned individuals, organizations, and brands, from President Nelson Mandela to President Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali to Oprah Winfrey, The Anne Frank Center to the United Nations, and Coca-Cola to IBM, all to raise millions of dollars and create unprecedented awareness for some of the most significant causes of our time. For more info,