Social Justice Photography Competition

The Social Justice Photography Competition 2021 is now closed for entries

Vote for your favourite photo from Monday 12 April to Friday 16 April.

If you haven't already, take our Social Justice Challenge on Blackboard and get to grips with social justice issues.


How to vote

You can vote in two different ways:

1. Facebook (Mon 12 - Fri 16 April)

'Like' your favourite photos on the The University of Manchester's Facebook page.


2. Instagram Story Poll (Wed 14 April)

Take part in The University of Manchester's Instagram story poll to choose your favourites. This is running for one day only, so don't miss it.

Enter our Social Justice Photography Competition to raise awareness of an issue that's important to you.

Winners will be announced at the Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Find inspiration from last year's shortlist below:

Grand Prize: 'Stand by Me, I'll Stand by You' by Marie Guest, School of Social Sciences Where we stand in this world positions our thoughts, beliefs, and realities. Standing here is a young boy smiling, whilst carrying his brother through muddy terrain. What we don’t see are two brothers who have witnessed atrocities against their community and are still standing after their rights have been denied, living in constant fear of the unknown. These boys are Rohingya Refugees, who are yet to be given a place to stand in this world. This photo was taken in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, the largest refugee camp in the world, located in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to 855,000 refugees.

2nd Place: A Plastic Refuge by Adil Ahmed, School of Natural Sciences A vulnerable woman lies on a bed of waste near the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Deprived of the most basic human needs, atop a disease-ridden refuge, she inhales the polluted air of the over-populated city as insects gnaw at her while she sleeps. The slums are not safe and the slums are not habitable.

3rd Place: 'Splendour at a Cost' by Kashif Sohail, School of Engineering Splendour comes at a cost. The person in the photo has worked in the bangle making industry in the interior Sindh, Pakistan for over 20 years. However due to the poor working conditions the fine artisan has lost his thumb prints and is visually impaired now. These workers have to pick glass barehanded and work in front of scorching furnaces which affects their sight and respiratory system. After all these tiresome years, he couldn’t earn enough to break the poverty vacuum and like many others, is left to beg on the streets much like the blood diamonds.

Runner Up: 'Coronaracism' by Muhammad Zakwan Bin Haji Mohtadza, School of Engineering. COVID-19 is the most recent outbreak that creates global panics and disruptions. As bad as its sound, we cannot dismiss there is another side effect of this outbreak as our world now is more global than before. Borders are just physical borders and few things will never respect this border - in this case, which is the virus itself. Nevertheless, coronavirus is now creating another issue - "coronaracism issue." This outbreak indeed starts from one particular place, but it does not mean racism and xenophobia can be tolerated in this situation. Just because some people 'look' like they are coming from that area, it does not mean these innocent people should receive hateful action. Hate the virus, not the people.

Runner Up: 'Beggars to Choosers' by Sajid Ali, School of Health Sciences We walk through the streets and see the struggle lying right beside the street bins. It's awkward. We think “some change for food, please” is just their common lie for them to go get another line; so we instead feed them our common lie, which is the line, “no change, sorry”. We give non whatsoever eye contact. If you haven't seen it, there’s no way to feel sorry for it. It's easy to walk by and say nothing because we know we can't change someone's whole life in a single afternoon, no matter what. However, what we fail to realise, time to time, is that simple kindness can go a long way towards encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place. Altruism can help lives go from begger, to chooser.