Official Rules


Who may enter:

The Diabetes in Pregnancy Photo Contest is open to all photographers who are 18 years old or older. Women Deliver will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

What to enter:

All photos entered must highlight subjects, scenes, etc., from one of the following three countries:

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Nigeria


Each entry must tell the story of someone who has experienced diabetes during pregnancy in some capacity. Examples include a woman who has, or has had, diabetes during her pregnancy; health workers who work with women diagnosed with gestational diabetes; spouses of women who have experienced diabetes during pregnancy; or children whose mothers have experienced gestational diabetes. For any questions around submission guidelines, please email with the subject line Photo Contest.

By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act, and that the laws of their governing jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry do not prohibit or restrict the receipt of any Prize under this Photo Contest.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see Your Rights below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Women Deliver upon request.

For any photos in which a person is recognizable, you must secure and submit with the entry a release from each subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian. Please use this release form. 

How to enter:

Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at You may submit no more than 10 photographs in total. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB.

We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail and do not accept more than one contestant per email address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

Women Deliver reserves the right to disqualify incomplete entries and/or contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution upon request.

The following submissions are ineligible:

  •  Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright and photographs of persons without the necessary consent required by law in your jurisdiction. The Nature Conservancy reserves the right to require entrants to submit evidence of the subject’s legal consent to be photographed for the submitted photograph, which may include a signed waiver from the subject.
  • Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
  •  Images that involve putting any individual in danger.

Women Deliver shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.

Submissions may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked. 

Your Rights:

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant Women Deliver and the World Diabetes Foundation a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Women Deliver and World Diabetes Foundation purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising, promotion, website use, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Women Deliver publications.

Entry deadline:

The contest begins on November 14, 2017. All entries must be received through by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on March 1, 2018.


Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, and responsiveness to the prompt.

Women Deliver will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry; Women Deliver may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Prizes: 15 prizes will be awarded, as follows:
Grand Prizes: $1,000 awarded to three photographers — Women Deliver will choose one photo from each country (China, India, and Nigeria)
Honorable Mentions: 12 photographers will receive $250 — Women Deliver will choose 4 photos per country (China, India, and Nigeria) submission   
Online Features:  Women Deliver will select photos for highlight on its website, on social media channels, or display in a publicly accessible contest archive; such selections will be made at Women Deliver's sole discretion.

To the maximum extent permissible by law, all winners are responsible for paying any taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above, including but not limited to customs fees if applicable. If the prize value equals or exceeds $600 USD, a winner will need to complete, sign and return an IRS W-9 form prior the award of any prize, and/or any applicable tax forms for awarding the prize in the winner(s) jurisdiction(s). Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Women Deliver, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Women Deliver reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Women Deliver, in its sole discretion.

General Conditions:

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Women Deliver may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Women Deliver reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Women Deliver's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Women Deliver by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Women Deliver. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

Release and Limitations of Liability:

By entering, you agree to release Women Deliver against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys’ fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


Updated January 18, 2018

 Photo: The World Bank

Photo: The World Bank