The categories for 2011

The six categories for the 2011 edition of Pride Photo Award were:


Straight Back At You


‘Straight back at you’ was the thematic category for 2011. We were looking for pictures that showed the way the outside world reacts to people who are (visibly) different from the gender and sexual stereotypes. These reactions can be both positive and negative: from Gay-Straight Alliances to anti-LGBT rights activists, from ‘fag hags’ to transphobia. We chose this theme because tolerance for minorities is declining in many countries, resulting in support and repression or even violence on both the political level and in daily life. This affects both LGBT people and heterosexual people who do not dress or act according to gender stereotypes. This category was not for photos about people who do not conform to sexual or gender stereotypes, but for photos that showed how the outside world reacts to them.




In the sports world masculinity is usually the norm. For this category we were looking for pictures that show how people in the sports world who do not conform to the sexual and gender stereotypes deal with this. We chose Sports as one of the categories for the 2011 edition in view of the Eighth Gay Games that were held in Cologne, Germany in August 2010.




This was a broad thematic category for photos that showed people with a gender identity that is different from the male/female gender stereotypes. We were looking for images that showed that gender is not binary (man/woman) but a continuum with countless variations. Everyone has male and female sides to their personality. This category covers the spectrum of sexual identities and people who have both male and female physical characteristics.


Current Topics


This category focused on topics concerning sexual and gender diversity that was in the news between January 1st, 2009 and June 30th, 2011.



This was a broad category for photos that documented an aspect of sexual and gender diversity.

Open Category


Photos  that were about sexual and gender diversity that did not fit in any of the categories above could be entered in this category.

Pride Photo Award is an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity.


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