The categories for 2015

Pride Photo Award is a contest for photos about sexual (LGBT) and gender diversity. We are looking for top quality photography on the following topics:

  • non-stereotypical images of gender, masculinity and femininity
  • the diversity of the LGBT community

Photos that fit these topics can be entered in one of four categories. The four categories for the 2015 edition of Pride Photo Award are:


The 2015 theme calls for emotionally compelling stories. Either love stories about couples of which at least one of the partners identifies as LGBT, or stories about LGBT people who are proud to be themselves, whatever the rest of the world may say or do.
The winning stories teach us the true meaning of Love and Pride. They go beyond a smiling couple holding hands, or people marching in a Pride parade. They show us intimacy, the deep and tender bond between lovers. They show us the courage to defy the pressure of society or family to adapt to norms and conventions; the strength and freedom that comes when you allow discover and embrace your true self and allow others the room to be themselves.


This is a broad thematic category for photo series that show people with a gender identity that is different from the male/female gender stereotypes. We are looking for series showing 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.


This is a new category. We are looking for single images, strong photos that convey the message of sexual or gender diversity in a single image.
Single images entered in any of the three other categories will automatically be transferred to this category.


Photo series about sexual and gender diversity that do not fit in any of the above categories may be entered in this category.
Some photos will fit in more than one of the above categories. Any image can be entered in one category only.

This photo from the series Persecution of Homosexuality in Uganda © Benedicte Desrus, one of the winners of 2011 is shown to illustrate the 2015 theme ‘Stories of Love and Pride’.


This photo from the series Queer Kids © Michael Sharkey, one of the winners of 2011 is shown to illustrate the 2015 theme ‘Stories of Love and Pride’.

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


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