An important consideration when nominating may be the photographer’s ability to bring attention to important issues that are not necessarily covered by mainstream media.


In this context, the criteria may focus on both emerging talents and established photographers who are producing photographic essays that address important issues. Emerging talents may be recognised for their potential to bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to the field, while established photographers may be recognised for their long-term contributions to the field and their ability to sustain an ongoing commitment to social and environmental issues.


The criteria may also focus on the quality and impact of the photographic essays produced by the photographer. This may include an assessment of the photographer’s technical skills, aesthetic sensibilities, and ability to convey emotion and meaning through their images. Additionally, the criteria may assess the photographer’s ability to reach a broad audience and engage people in a dialogue about the issues being addressed.


Ultimately, the goal of selecting photographers based on these criteria is to bring greater attention to important issues that may not receive sufficient coverage in mainstream media. 


By recognising emerging talents and established photographers who are producing compelling photographic essays, the hope is to inspire other photographers and the general public to engage more deeply with these issues and work towards positive change.

Below are ten examples of topics you may want to consider but these are not obligatory:


  1. Solutions journalism: Solutions journalism is an approach to reporting that focuses on the potential solutions to problems and challenges rather than just reporting on the negative aspects. Photographers may use this approach to cover issues such as poverty, education, and public health, showcasing examples of effective solutions in action.
  1. Humanitarian crises: Photographers have a long history of documenting humanitarian crises, including war, famine, and natural disasters. They may cover issues such as access to basic needs like food, water, and shelter, or the work of humanitarian aid organisations in crisis zones.
  1. Science and technology: Photographers can document scientific research and innovation, including topics such as space exploration, new technologies, and medical breakthroughs. This can help communicate complex scientific concepts to a broader audience.
  1. Social and economic inequality: Photographers may cover social and economic inequality, including issues such as income inequality, housing insecurity, and access to education and healthcare. This can help raise awareness about disparities and encourage discussion about potential solutions.
  1. Education: Education is a critical issue that affects individuals and communities worldwide. Photographers may document innovative approaches to education, access to education, and the impact of education on communities and individuals.
  1. Conservation and sustainability: Photographers may document efforts to protect natural resources and promote sustainability, including topics such as renewable energy, wildlife conservation, and responsible resource management.
  1. Technological advancements: With rapid technological advancements, photographers covering issues related to artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, and privacy.
  1. Health and wellness: Photographers covering health and wellness issues, including mental health, substance abuse, and healthcare access.
  1. Lifestyle and culture: Photographers covering various aspects of lifestyle and culture, including travel, food, music, art, and fashion.
  1. Fine art: Photography has a long tradition as a fine art medium, with photographers using their craft to create expressive, personal, and thought-provoking images.


These categories are diverse range of topics that photographers may focus on, and the important role that photography plays in shaping our understanding of the world.

The selection criteria for nominating photographers for the “Global Focus Project” the use of lighting, composition and other relevant technical factors that demonstrate proficiency in the field.


  • Creativity: The photographer’s ability to use their creativity to produce original and innovative photographs that stand out and demonstrate their unique perspective.
  • Impact: The photographs’ impact and ability to evoke emotions, create a mood, tell a story, or convey a message that resonates with the audience.
  • Consistency: The consistency of the photographer’s work over time, demonstrating a strong body of work and a dedication to their craft.
  • Relevance: The relevance of the photographs to the project objectives and the broader field of visual storytelling.