Photograph for the Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photo Award

Winner Announced On
March 5, 2014

The Thomson Reuters Foundation and Nokia are inviting aspiring photographers and photojournalists to submit images capturing the many aspects of women’s empowerment around the world.

This is an incredible opportunity for enthusiastic and ambitious photographers to use pictures to spark positive debate on women’s rights, and to help foster social change.

The winner will receive the very first Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Photo Award, and attend a Thomson Reuters Foundation professional training course on Mobile Journalism. Last year, courses were held in London, Buenos Aires and Tbilisi.

What does women’s empowerment look like in your country? And what does it mean to you? Photographers are encouraged to explore themes such as: leadership, courage, passion, opportunity, innovation and motherhood. Women do not enjoy the same rights and opportunities everywhere. Tell us a story. Show the world a positive image to inspire and trigger change.

Watch the video for inspiration and submit your photograph. Make sure you include a description of your image and how it reflects womens empowerement. Don't forget to use #click4change when sharing!


Your photos will be assessed by a prestigious line-up of judges from the world of photography, journalism and women’s rights.

10 finalists will be selected and asked to put the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the test, using the outstanding photo capabilities of the smartphone to create a portfolio of images illustrating women’s empowerment.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation uses its unique set of skills to run a number of groundbreaking programmes aimed at empowering people through news, information, free legal assistance and media development. The Foundation stands for human rights, women's empowerment, better governance, greater transparency, and for the rule of law. Providing concrete solutions, the Thomson Reuters Foundation achieves real impact.
Photography has come a long way, now we take more photos than ever and thanks to the Lumia 1020 we can take better photos than ever! Take your photos to a new level by adjusting focus, shutter speed, white balance and more with easy and intuitive controls: Nokia Photography Room.

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From these 10 finalists, one photographer will be chosen, and will receive:

  • The very first Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia Award
  • An all expenses paid trip to attend a Mobile Journalism training course organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and led by professional journalists
  • A Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone
  • Exclusive opportunity to have your work published on Thomson Reuters Foundation’s award-winning website trust.org and across the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Nokia’s social media channels
  • Exclusive opportunity to have your work/portfolio reviewed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation multimedia team
  • Interview published on trust.org
We respect the opinion of the public and the highest voted will certainly catch our eye.

The photographer with the highest number of votes will receive:
  • A brand new Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone
  • A copy of the 2013 edition of the ‘Reuters Our World Now’ photobook, capturing the year in 300 powerful photos
Meet the Judges

Finbarr is a Reuters photographer and winner of the World Press Photo 2006. He began his journalism career as a writer turned to photography in 2005 covering Africa. He has since won numerous industry awards for his multimedia work and photogrtaphy, including first place awards from POYI and the NPPA. Finbarr is published widely in leading international magazines and newspapers and his solo exhibition Congo On the Wire has shown in France and Canada, and at Harward’s Carr Center for Human Rights. His series on white poverty in South Africa was included in the exhibition “After A” in Italy in 2010.



Journalist, author and Chime for Change Managing Editor. Mariane Pearl, an award winning journalist and writer, is the Managing Editor of Chime for Change's Global Journalism Platform. Her first book A Mighty Heart, which celebrates the values of humanism and dignity while detailing the investigation into the 2002 terrorist kidnapping of her husband Daniel in Pakistan, won international praise and was turned into a movie starring Angelina Jolie. She writes for Glamour, The New York Times and The Sunday Times among other publications and is writing her third book, a family memoir about the multiple facets of her identity.



Tim Large is Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He leads the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global news service covering humanitarian issues, climate change, women's rights, corruption, human trafficking, good governance and social innovation. Tim led the creation of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Emergency Information Service (EIS) for disaster-affected populations, which first deployed immediately after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. The EIS provides life-saving information, in local languages, via local media and other channels. Tim is also in charge of editorial content for the annual Trust Women Conference, a joint venture between Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International New York Times.



Kristina Bjorknas is the imaging technology marketing manager at Nokia. For the past ten years, Kristina has worked at Nokia in various roles ranging from R&D to marketing. She has a doctorate in Engineering Science and a master’s degree in Physics. The high points of her career have been the launching of the Nokia PureView imaging brand and the launch of the best smartphone camera in the world, the Lumia 1020. Photography is also one of her hobbies. Kristina practices a variety of sports during her free time.

  • Participants must submit: Photography (JPG or PNG (5MB Max) which can be taken on any device
  • Photography submitted must be original (meaning not using third party copyright materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity
  • Participants must include a description about their submission including which device it was captured on. We also recommend including a link to their Talenthouse Portfolio
  • When sharing on social media, please use the hash tags: #click4change
  • The judges will select 10 finalists who will need to upload their new images, taken on the Nokia Lumia 1020 that will be sent to them after the first round, to their Talenthouse portfolio
  • The finalists will be judged on the strength of their Talenthouse portfolios so this isn't limited to just one album of images, finalists are encouraged to upload as many images as they like
  • Inappropriate or harmful submissions will be removed
  • Entrants must be available to attend the ‘Mobile Journalism’ Course which is taught in English
  • The portfolios of the 10 finalists should be made of photos captured on the Lumia 1020 with no Photoshop or additional editing programme (unless on the Nokia 1020 device) adjustments applied
  • Please ensure you use the correct email address when entering. Once we contact you, you will be expected to provide your passport number, expiration date and date of birth
  • Entrants must have a passport and be eligible to travel to the UK and the rest of Europe
  • Winner will be required to document their experience at the ‘Mobile Journalism’ course using a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone
  • A Nokia representative will make every endeavour to send out the trial devices to all Finalists. Nokia is not reliable for any email communication failures, so please keep in contact if your device is not delivered as if this information is not communicated to the Nokia representative this will compromise the integrity and viability of your eligibility for the main prize
  • No purchase necessary
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
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Thomson Reuters Foundation and Nokia will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Submit By: February 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: February 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: February 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: March 5, 2014