Photograph for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Microsoft

Winner Announced On
March 30, 2015
the brief
Women make it happen. They are change makers, leaders, educators, and natural-born entrepreneurs. They lead by example and inspire entire generations. This year, the Trust Women Photo Award celebrates inspirational women who take the lead to further their families, communities and society at large.

Photographers and photojournalists are invited to submit images capturing the lives and stories of remarkable women around the world, who are achieving incredible things in their communities.

One selected photo will be showcased at the Trust Women Conference on November 9-10, 2015 in London. It is the annual international event organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights and to the fight against human trafficking.

Watch the video for some inspiration and submit your photo today! Don’t forget to share your picture with your friends and your network on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #WomenMakeItHappen.

This Creative Invite consists of two rounds. Read more here.
about trust women
Trust Women is a fast-growing movement to advance women’s rights and to fight human trafficking and slavery. Each year, people from all around the world attend the yearly Trust Women Conference, where they take significant commitments to work together to enhance the lives of women around the world and to fight human trafficking. The event is organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The fourth conference will be held in London, on November 9-10, 2015. In 2014, over 550 delegates from 55 countries around the world attended Trust Women. Speakers included Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Muhammad Yunus; Creative director of Eco-Age Livia Firth and Co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond.

the career opportunity
Nine finalists as selected by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Microsoft and their prestigious judges will:
  • Be sent a Microsoft Lumia 930 device and be required to capture additional photos using their device
  • Receive a copy of the 2014 edition of the ‘Reuters Our World Now’ photobook

The voting period is the time to engage your friends, family and supporters to vote for your work! One photographer with the highest number of votes will:
  • Automatically be included as the 10th finalist

Out of the 10 finalists one selected photographer will receive:
  • The prestigious Trust Women Photo Award
  • A showcase of their photograph at the Trust Women Conference (taking place on November 9-10, 2015 in London)
  • An all expenses paid trip to attend a Mobile Journalism training course
  • The opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation multimedia team
  • Exposure on Thomson Reuters Foundation, Trust Women, and Microsoft's social channels
  • An interview published on Thomson Reuters Foundation’s award-winning website trust.org
about thomson reuters foundation
Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment and the rule of law. Leveraging the skills, values and expertise of Thomson Reuters, the Foundation plays a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and runs a number of programmes and initiatives that trigger change and empower people globally: free legal assistance, media development, and in-depth coverage of the world’s underreported stories. The Trust Women conference is the main event run and organised by the Foundation.

about microsoft
Microsoft lives to help people and businesses realise their potential. To help them make things and get things done. Lumia mobile devices have long strived to deliver the experience you want, simply and easily. Liberating personal expression, facilitating decision making and task completion, making all communication easy, and fun.

We make Lumia mobile devices to suit a range of budgets. Devices that team the latest software with the fastest processors. That run integrated first-party apps and the very best third-party apps. That offer Cortana - our very own personal assistant. And use OneDrive to seamlessly integrate with all devices. Because everyone should have the latest and most intuitive technology to help them get things done.

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The Selection Process
Round One
This Creative Invite consists of two rounds.
  • Submit your best photograph that captures the theme: "Women Make It Happen" (one photo per participant)
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation and Microsoft's internal visual and creative teams will select 9 finalists; The Highest Voted is automatically the 10th finalist
*Round one submissions close on February 19th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST
Round Two
  • Each of the 10 finalists will be provided with a Microsoft Lumia 930 (known as a Lumia Icon in the U.S.) and will be required to submit a portfolio of 5 photos based on a new brief
  • One photographer will be selected by Thomas Reuters Foundation, Microsoft and their judges to receive the prestigious Trust Women Photo Award along with additional prizing
*Round two submissions close on March 27th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT
Meet the judges
Finbarr O’Reilly
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 photography, 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 been shown in France, 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.

Carla Eid
Carla Eid is Global Head of Social Engagement at Microsoft Mobile, formerly Nokia, having been part of the company for 8 years in total. Carla heads up all advocacy, market engagement and digital & social media activity worldwide in her current role, which she’s been in for two years. She is in charge of all strategy for, and overseeing the implementation of, the internationally renowned Connects community, which uses the power of strong customer relationships to drive the success of the Microsoft Mobile brand – previously Nokia.

Carla’s former roles at Nokia include Global Senior Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager and Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Middle East and Africa.

To date, Carla has represented Nokia and Microsoft Mobile at several leading industry events including Social Media Week 2012 and 2013, and Trust Women Conference 2013 and 2014.
Belinda Goldsmith
Belinda Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist who has reported and led news teams from more than 20 countries on political, financial and general news. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information.

In this role, she runs a global team of nearly 30 journalists and a large network of stringers covering the world’s under reported stories, focusing on humanitarian issues, women’s rights, climate change, corruption and good governance. Belinda joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2014 after 20 years of working for Reuters. She worked for Reuters in Australia, Sweden, the United States and Britain in a variety of roles including Head of Investment Banking in New York, Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle, Global Head of Editorial Learning, and, most recently, Chief Correspondent for Britain.
Roger Anis
Roger Anis was born in 1986, received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2008, and since 2010 has been a Cairo-based photojournalist for the daily newspaper Al-Shorouk. During this time he participated in covering all the political unrest in Egypt since its start on January 25th, 2011. Anis also took part in the Reporting Change Project with World Press Photo, covering the social and political change that happened in Egypt following the political unrest.

Anis has participated in exhibitions in Egypt and internationally. He has won several awards for his work. He received the Second Prize for Picture of the Year at the 2011 Egypt Press Photo Awards, and Second Prize for Photo Story in the 2013 Egypt Press Photo Awards. Anis also won the first Thomson Reuters Foundation-Nokia photo award in 2013.
laura bates
Laura Bates founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of more than 50,000 women’s experiences of gender imbalance sourced from women of all backgrounds. The project – now in 17 countries – has been used to improve education policies, initiatives for tackling sexual offences and government media equality guidelines.

Bates is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Independent, Grazia, and Red Magazine and several other media outlets. She is a contributor to Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working against the use of rape as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open worldwide to participants ages 18 and older.
  • Due to shipping limitations, participants from the following markets are not eligible for prizing: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
  • Participants must submit: photography (JPG or PNG, max size 5MB) 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.
  • When sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #WomenMakeItHappen.
  • The host may use all submitted works in context of this Creative Invite. Artists will be credited accordingly. All artists retain ownership of their work.
  • Participants must have a valid passport and be eligible to travel to the country where the ‘Mobile Journalism’ Course is taught (in English).
  • The judges will select 9 finalists, plus the highest voted, who will need to upload their new images, taken on the Microsoft Lumia 930 that will be sent to them after the first round, to their Talenthouse profile.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • All submissions will feature as part of a global gallery with public voting on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to disqualify artists who we believe are cheating the voting system as this is against the spirit of the Creative Invite.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief, will be removed.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
Read Here
how the thomson reuters foundation and microsoft will choose
Thomson Reuters Foundation, Microsoft and their judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules. Their selection will be independent of social votes.

The Talenthouse community and supporters of entrants, whether on Talenthouse or not, can vote for their favorite submissions during voting week via Facebook and Twitter. The artist with the largest public support will be chosen as the Highest Voted and will automatically advance to Round 2 as the 10th finalist.
key dates
Round One Submit By: February 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Voting Starts: February 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Voting Ends: February 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM
10 Devices Sent: February 27, 2015

*Round Two Submit By: March 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
*Winner Announcement: March 30, 2015

All times are in Pacific Standard Time.

*Please note that some dates have changed due to unforeseen delays in getting devices to the finalists.