Sinchi Photography Competition 2018


Sinchi’s annual photography competition provides a unique opportunity for visual story tellers around the world to be recognised for their talent and commitment to cultural diversity.

The theme for the 2018 competition is cultural practice. This can be inspired by anything from customs, events, spirituality to community and artistic expression. Our judging panel will be looking for clarity of expression, overall artistic impression and potential social impact.

Participants are invited to submit individual images or a series featuring up to a maximum of six photos with accompanying captions. We welcome images from both remote and urban environments and this competition is not limited to indigenous culture.

“The challenge is for all of us to care enough about what lies outside our own world.”

Entry Information

Entry period runs from June 15th to September 1st, 2018.
Entry costs €5.00 per individual photo or €10.00 per series of images.*
Winners will be announced by November 15th, 2018.

Categories comprise Documentary Series (up to six images),
Portrait (singular image) and Artistic Merit (singular image).
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* All submissions fees are donated in to the Sinchi Fund, which provides grants to indigenous storytellers. If you not have the financial means to enter, please email and we’ll be happy to consider complimentary entrance.


Awards & Prizes

2017 Photography Competition Winners

Our inaugural 2017 competition was a huge success with fantastic entries coming from all corners of the globe. Our winner, Josue Rivas, went on to win the World Press Photo ‘FotoEvidence’ award for his amazing work documenting the Standing Rock movement, we hosted a wonderful opening night & gallery for the winners at leading Amsterdam cultural venue Pakhuis de Zwijger (at which second place, Delphine Blast and our judges spoke) and the third place entry has even led us to developing a Sinchi self-documentation project launching in Indonesia next year.