2021 Photo Competition: "Assistive Technology"

2021 Photo Competition: "Assistive Technology"

We are looking for photos showing assistive technologies for persons with disabilities (in various areas of life: images of public, private places related to work, leisure, cultural or sportive life, etc.).

Assistive technology (AT) is understood of any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the capabilities of persons with disabilities. Thus, they are designed specifically for persons with disabilities, such as wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids, screen readers or alternative communication devices. There is a great diversity of AT, ranging from medical devices (e.g. cochlear implants) and high tech (e.g. a refreshable Braille line device), to low tech (e.g. crutches). Besides, current developments in new and emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence or robotics, are bringing new possibilities to the AT sector and persons with disabilities.

Is there a assistive technology solution that really helps you and should be commonplace? Share it with us and you can be the winner of our prizes. #TheFutureIsYours

Who can apply?

EU/EEA citizens or residents from all ages and there is no entry fee. Participation is individual, not as an organization.

How do you enter?

  • The entries can be submitted by emailing them to Raquel Riaza – Raquel.Riaza@edf-feph.org
  • All submissions are due on the 30th of November 2021, 23.59 CET

What can you submit?

All participants must submit the following three:

  1. One original single high-resolution photo (300dpi) with image description or one original single artistic representation (comics and drawings) with image description telling the story
    Allowed: editing, filters, camera built-in effects.
    Not allowed: Collages (more than one photo), watermarks, text, or other elements added to the photo.
  2. A short description in English including the author’s name, and the city and country where the photo was taken.
  3. A signed copy of the Rights Authorization. Two signatures are needed, one from the person who took the picture and one from the person(s) appearing IN the picture. Participants taking a photograph of children, ensure that they obtain and provide us with the written consent of that child’s parents/guardian.
    Photo Competition 2021 – Rights Authorization


All entries must be original work and the participant must either be the sole owner or the transferee of the copyright. By entering the competition, participants retain full copyright of their images. However, participants also agree to be bound by Facebook legal terms. Participants also grant the European Disability Forum the right to publish and exhibit uploaded photographs.

How will the photos/ materials be selected?

All photos and artistic representation are checked to make sure that they meet the competition rules before being accepted and shortlisted. Once a photo or artistic representation has been reviewed, participants will receive an email with notification of whether it has been accepted or rejected. All pictures will be included in an album on EDF’s Facebook page.

If you want to take a look to our previous photo competition you can do it here.


The jury will be composed by two members of the EDF Executive committee, two members of the staff, as well as two professional photographers.

The entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the picture
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Relevance to the theme

Entries that are offensive, defamatory or obscene, or that disclose unnecessary personal information will also be rejected from the competition.

Selection of winners

There will be a selection of 20 finalists which will be exhibited online and in social media. The winner’s name will be revealed on the 30th of November. The jury’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered in on its decision. At the end of the jury selection period, the 20 finalists will be notified by email.


The three final nominees will receive:

  • 1st place award: 500 euros
  • 2nd place award: 300 euros
  • 3rd place award:  200 euros

Acceptance of Competition Rules

By entering the competition, the participants agree to be bound by the Competition Rules, including acceptance of granting copyright to EDF.


Fairness and respect are the basis of the competition. Any participant reasonably suspected of cheating, will be disqualified from the competition and their entries removed. No correspondence will be entered in on this matter.


Photo Competition 2021 – Terms and Conditions

Photo Competition 2021 – Rules and Authorisation