Médecins Sans Frontières Short Documentary & Photography Online Competition

August 29, 2012 /Photography News/ is currently calling for entries for their Médecins Sans Frontières - Australia short documentary and photography competition. The Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) short documentary and photography competitions’ mission is to celebrate the cultures of the countries that they provide humanitarian aid in.

Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid. Every day more than 24,000 Médecins Sans Frontières field staff provide assistance to people caught in crises around the world. In 1999 they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work.


The subject matter of the films and photographs doesn’t need to be related directly to the work of Médecins Sans Frontières but needs to explore distinctive cultural aspects of each nation, such as art, music, environment and cuisine OR have a focus on the inspirations and aspirations of it’s people. Competition entries should express unique points of view that empower people and their nations, and ultimately convey a message with a sense of hope.


Duration: Preferred length for the documentary section is 30 minutes or less. 30 minute excerpts from feature documentaries or longer form projects will also be accepted.
Year of Production: Documentary film and photograph entries may have been produced anytime between
January 1971 (the year Médecins Sans Frontières began operating) and October 2012.
All dialogue based foreign language film entries should be sub-titled in English.
Entries may have been previously screened on television, websites or commercially in theatres.
Country of Origin (location of principle photography): Films and photographs produced in the following countries are eligible for entry: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dijibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Krygyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Niger, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Papua New Guniea, Paraguay, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Most Popular Documentary: The winning filmmaker will be awarded a brand new Canon 5D camera package sponsored by
Most Outstanding Photograph: The winning photographer will also be awarded a brand new Canon 5D camera package sponsored by
International courier costs for the Canon 5D packages will be covered by Winners' will be announced on October 31st 2012. The judging panels' decision will be final.

The top 80 entries, will be selected by an industry judging panel, and showcased online for the month of October 2012.

How to enter:

Filmmakers: Please upload short documentary entries to YouTube: Then email a password protected link to Email subject heading for filmmakers should be MSF Film Entry. Please include your contact details (name, address and phone number in your email).
Photographers: Please email your photographic entry to File size should be 5MB’s or smaller. Up to 3 entries per photographer will be accepted. Email subject heading for photographers should be MSF Photograph Entry. Please include your contact details (name, address and phone number in your email).

Deadline: Friday 14th September 2012

Copyright and grant of license: 

All films and photographs will be credited with the creators’ name. Films and photographs will not be downloadable from the website or used in any additional mediums.

As between you and, you will own all intellectual property related to your submission and shall retain ownership of such intellectual property. By submitting your entry, you grant a non-exclusive, worldwide license for a 1 month period to use your film online. The license shall commence on 1st October 2012 and shall continue until October 31st, 2012.

Please email for more information.


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