“Images of ability” - UN Enable Photo Exhibition 2015

“Images of ability” - UN Enable Photo Exhibition 2015

13 Jan 2015

Currently, there are approximately 1 billion persons living with disabilities in the world, or 15 per cent of the global population. In both developed and developing countries, persons with disabilities are often negatively stereotyped and are often labelled by their disability or condition – visible or not. It is not uncommon to see persons with disabilities treated as objects of pity, charity or medical treatment or people who have to overcome a tragic and disabling condition. Conversely, persons with disabilities may be presented as superheroes who have accomplished great feats, so as to inspire the non-disabled.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities prepares the way to change perceptions of persons with disabilities and promote their abilities as full and equal participants in the societies in which they live. It requires States to raise awareness and combat stereotypes related to persons with disabilities, including by encouraging the portrayal of persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with a respect for human rights.

The UN Enable "Images of Ability" Photo Exhibit will work to help change misperceptions and to counter stigma and stereotyping about persons with disabilities. It will also promote a better understanding about disability issues and present persons with disabilities as individuals that are a part of our human diversity. Recognizing disability as part of human diversity is essential for appreciating the abilites of people with disabilties.

Send us your photographs by 31 October 2015!

Guidelines for submitting photographs:

Submissions for the 2015 Photo Exhibit are open to all, including professional photographers, except staff members of the UN Secretariat and their families, who are ineligible.

  • Photographs must be new and original work, and not have been used or published elsewhere.
  • Photographs must be received until 31 October 2015.
  • All photographs must be submitted along with the Copyright Release Form.
  • Complete the above Form, including an electronic signature and acceptance of the legal conditions and email to festival@raad-charity.org.
  • There is no entry fee.


All photographs should be in a jpeg format.

  • File size: Minimum size is 1500 x 2100 pixels; more than 150dpi; up to 5 MB.
  • Image data files could be created with digital smartphones and still cameras, including medium and large-format cameras.
  • Digital manipulation may be permitted; however, images should accurately represent the subject matter and persons with disabilities. Images that appear to be overly processed may be disqualified at the judges’ discretion.
  • Both colour and monochrome images will be accepted.
  • Scans of photographs taken by film cameras are not eligible.

Final selection:

The final selection of the photographs will be conducted at UN Headquarters in New York by senior officers of the UN Department of Public Information, and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

  • Images selected will form part of a display exhibited at UN Headquarters in New York during the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2015 and on the UN website.
  • All submissions will be placed in a bank of images which may be used by for outreach efforts and UN publications.

Please note:

The United Nations reserves the right to use, name and publish any entry, including those not selected for display, at its discretion, without any compensation to the photographer; however, the copyright will remain with the photographer.


  • Credit and notification will be given to the photographer when possible.
  • The United Nations reserves the right to grant permission for reprint of the photograph to third parties.
  • Submitters must own all rights to the works submitted and any model or photographed object releases are the submitter’s responsibility. If there are any discrepancies as to the correct ownership of the photo, the United Nations reserves the right to eliminate the photo from the exhibit.
  • Entries must include a signed release from any person(s) appearing in the photograph or their guardians.
  • Submitters are responsible for any claims arising out of the UN’s use of the photographs, and the UN shall not be responsible for any such claims



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