Our World is Kind: A Global Photography Contest

Do you believe the world can be a kinder and happier place? It can, through your photography.

The 2018 Our World is Kind photography contest received more than 2000 submissions from 700+ photographers in over 100 countries. We are grateful to all of the kind and talented photographers who have shared their vision of kindness. Thank you!

Submissions have closed. The next phase of this global program to help people see kindness compassion, joy, and love is voting! The voting phase is very important to becoming a finalist and will begin November 15.

VOTE to further inspire kindness around the world! Thank you again to all of our photographers!

Accepted entries through World Kindness Day: November 13, 2018

Who's Behind the Contest?
Envision Kindness is a non-profit that inspires kindness by gathering and sharing still and video photography with the world. Science shows that exposure to images of kindness can help people be kinder and more generous. These images can also make people happier, more grateful, and more optimistic. And kind, happy, grateful, and optimistic people are healthier, too!

The photos that you submit to the 2018 Our World is Kind photography contest can help fulfill the mission of creating a kinder, more compassionate, connected, and joyful world. Your artistry has that power to create goodness.

Be a part of the movement. Submit your images and #PictureABetterWorld

What does kindness look like?

Where do you see moments of kindness in your community? What stories can you tell?

Here's a bit of inspiration to help you capture these impactful moments.
Your photos can document real life experiences or illustrate a concept. What does kindness look like to you?

  • Kind People

  • We see kindness in people every day. In people we know and those we haven’t met yet. People lending a hand, helping others, sharing a meal, a smile, or paying it forward. And self-kindness.

  • Kindness in Nature

  • There is kindness in animals, in a heart shape leaf, in hikers lending a hand, in protecting the environment, and much more. When we take the time, we can see kindness all around.

  • Kindness in the Community

  • Our communities are filled with kindness! At work, in places of worship, from non-profits, through fundraising efforts, and in public spaces and shops. Showcase your community organization!

Why enter?

  • You'll be part of the movement to spread kindness, happiness, and health (and feel good, too!)
  • You could win some cash!
  • Your work may be showcased on the Envision Kindness website and distributed through our networks with your photo credit

Want more specifics? Click HERE for rules, terms, and conditions. And check out our FAQ section for some of our most popular questions.

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
Prizes will be awarded according to US law.

The process


Submit your kind photos here. One photo per entry. Up to five (5) submissions per person. It's free to enter! Accepting entries through World Kindness Day: November 13, 2018

Finalist Selection

Finalists are selected through online voting (20) or by the Envision Kindness staff (20). Harness the power of your community through online voting. See Rules and FAQs for more information.


Judges will choose winning photos from our finalists. Winners will be announced in early December, 2018.

Be a part of the movement.

View All Entries



First Place


Honorable Mention (3)


Public Choice

Randomly Selected Entries

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Breakfast at a Nursing Care Home

Jim McConnell

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Taking Her to the Safety from the Rain

Mustasinur Rahman

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Big or Small

Tina Demarco

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Fisherman and birds

Sergei Koliaskin

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Kindness without Borders

Ali Baghshahi

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A Mother's Love

Mike DiRenzo

2018 contest judges

These esteemed judges have kindly volunteered their time and expertise to review all finalist photos and select contest winners.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya

Agatha Bunanta

Rick Guidotti

Alexa Keefe

Aundre Larrow

Mara Leite

Michael Lloyd-White

Lucy Martens

Dulce Pinzón

Gittel Price

View Judge’s Bios

2018 Promotional Partners

We are very grateful to the following kind organizations who generously agreed to help promote the 2018 Our World Is Kind contest.


Global Photographic Union


Points North Studio

Random Acts of Kindness

Santa Fe Workshops

Volunteer Match

Women in Focus

World Kindness Movement

And thank you very much to our incredibly generous 2018 foundation sponsor,The Good People Fund, and to our individual donors for making this contest possible.