Photography competition

Commission on Gender Based Violence & Domestic Violence
In collaboration with The Malta Institute of Professional Photography

 The Commission on Gender-based Violence and Domestic Violence is launching a photography competition as part of our awareness raising campaign in view of the International Campaign: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Our chosen theme for this year is: Mhux kull dar toffri kenn – Ħajja aħjar tibda minnek. (Not every home is a haven – Reach out for the life you deserve)

The top ten photographs, chosen by a panel of expert judges in collaboration with the Malta Institute of Professional Photography, will be exhibited in Valletta from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10th December, Human Rights Day. The selection criteria will be based on the quality of the photograph and the relevance to the theme chosen by the Commission. 



  1. The participation is free for all, regardless of nationality or residence in Malta. No fees are payable by the entrants.
  2. All entrants must be over the age of 18 at the submission date.
  3. Participants must have full rights to the entries submitted.
  4. The original image must be made by the participant and acquired with a still camera. Any modification of the original image must be made by the participant. Any original image entered as a composite Experimental* image must only contain additional images or work produced by the participant.
  1. Each participant may submit up to a maximum of three (3) DIGITAL entries. Entries can be in colour, monochrome, or any other blend as long as they are on photographic media. The digital image files must be TIFF format at 4000 pixels on the longest side at 300dpi. Non adherence to this rule can disqualify your entries. Quality is very important as the images need to be able to be printed in large format.
  2. By virtue of submitting an entry, the participant certifies the work as his or her own and permits the Organizers to reproduce or exhibit all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication or display in the media. The images entered cannot be used by the organizers for commercial monetary purposes.
  3. Participants personally assume responsibility for any claim arising out of the publication or exhibition of their entries, as the Organizers assume no liability for any misuse of copyright and/or data protection and categorically disclaim any liability whatsoever.
  4. The copyright of any photographs entered in this competition remains with the entrant at all times.
  5. Where necessary, participants are responsible to obtain consent forms from any identifiable person/s.
  1. Each image file name is to show the author’s name and surname. Eg: John Borg 1 etc. However, no image can contain a watermark or logo that can identify the photographer. 
  2. The Organizers reserve the right to reject any work giving a specific reason for such action.
  3. Participation in this competition signifies acceptance of all the above conditions. The judges’ decision is final and legally binding.


  • The subject theme for this competition is Mhux kull dar toffri kenn – Ħajja aħjar tibda minnek.
  • All entries are to be sent to using All entries will be acknowledged.
  • Deadline for the submissions is 30th October 2020.
  • The top 10 images will be printed and exhibited at the organisers’ expense.
  • The authors of the top 10 winning images will also be awarded the amount of €250 each.
  • For any enquiries/queries kindly contact the organisers on
*Experimental – Altered reality.  Any alteration of the original image whether produced in part or in whole by conventional means or by computer. 


Plagiarism, in all forms, is strictly prohibited and can result in disqualification, even after a Prize has been awarded.

*Plagiarism refers to the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. Entries which are deemed too closely resemble or be similarly derived from the previous work of others can be disqualified at any stage. Plagiarism in its simplest terms means stealing the idea of someone else to create your own work.

While it is ok to take inspiration from other artists, grossly copying their work from various angles, perspective, colour, subject, composition etc, making the final work submitted looking similar in execution and idea is strictly forbidden.

Where multiple photographs are used to construct a final photograph, all constituent parts must be the original photographic work of the Photographer.


Contact Information:

 Contact Name
Commission on Domestic Violence
Continental Business Centre
Old Railway Track
St. Venera