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Welcome to ISV’s Annual Photo Competition

Let the images tell the stories of life-changing experiences of ISV volunteers during the May to September 2016 ISV Programs. Discover the incredible impact the ISV volunteer and adventure travel programs had every volunteer and their new ISV friends, but especially on the local community and the natural environment. Let these photos from Latin America, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and the Caribbean, inspire others to volunteer to make a difference, and explore the world through responsible travel!  Read more info below!

Title: Man and His Best Friend
Location: Thailand
Photographer: Kayli Nishime (entry into the ‘People, Places & Planet category 2015-16)

ISV will be choosing a winner from each of the following four categories:

  1. Volunteer Project – Share those meaningful moments building, planting, teaching, sharing, playing, laughing and contributing. Submit images that tell the story of the bonds formed and achievements made, as you volunteered to protect our planet and improve the lives of others..
  2. Intrepid Adventurer – Did you capture awesome moments on the adventure tour or excursion? Here is where you submit your most adventurous photos while canyoning, rafting, caving, trekking and much more, from the traveling part of your ISV program!   
  3. People, Places & Planet – Share your artistic shots of the incredible scenery, wildlife, people, culture, history and natural areas that captured your heart during your ISV journey.
  4. Best Group – One of the best parts of ISV is the other ISV volunteers you meet and connect with for life. Submit your best group photos on project, tour or out discovering your host country! (Group shots with one or more ISV shirts receive extra bonus points)!

A shortlist of the finalists will be presented in albums on ISV’s FB page, and winners will be determined by the number of Likes (votes!) that each photo receives!

Winners of each category will be awarded with a $1000 program scholarship to volunteer again with ISV and take on another amazing adventure abroad. Alternatively, winners can choose to donate their scholarship prize to another volunteer, or, winners may elect to donate $500 to the volunteer project on which they participated last summer.

How to Enter:  You may upload your ISV photos (by relevant country) by creating an account using the links on the left.

Photo guidelines:

  • Images must be taken during your ISV program between May and September 2016.
  • Contestants must include your name and departure date so that we know who took the images!
  • Each contestant is permitted to submit a maximum of 4 photos per category.
  • Only submit photos you personally took, or get the approval if submitting on behalf of a fellow ISV alumni.
  • No professional photos are permitted.
  • Minimum photo resolution – 180dpi (please submit the highest resolution/quality possible).
  • No filters. That way everyone’s on a level playing field and image quality is at its best.
  • Tell your photo’s story – Title, Location and Description as per the example above.
  • Photos involving children: To uphold children’s rights and to protect children against unnecessary risk, only photos that abide by the following conditions should be submitted:

When photographing or filming a child, ISV employees and volunteers must:

  • Assess and comply with local traditions or restrictions for reproducing personal images;
  • Ensure photographs, films, videos and DVDs present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable or submissive manner. Children should be adequately clothed and not in poses that could be seen as sexually suggestive;
  • Ensure images are honest representations of the context and the facts;
  • Ensure file labels do not reveal identifying information about a child when sending images electronically;
  • Ensure images of children available for public use do not reveal any identifying information.

You can browse the photos below that have been entered in the competition so far from recent ISV programs. The best photos from previous year’s competitions can be seen on our Facebook page here.

Enjoy the photos, and thank you for supporting volunteering and helping to change our world!


Categories - Click below to view, vote or upload photos from an ISV host country.
Wild Africa Excursion (16)
Intrepid Adventurer, People, Places & Planet, Best Group
Dominican Republic (32)
Best Group, People, Places & Planet, Intrepid Adventurer ...
Costa Rica (40)
Best Group, People, Places & Planet, Intrepid Adventurer ...
Thailand (116)
Volunteer Project, Best Group, People, Places & Planet ...
South Africa (161)
Best Group, People, Places & Planet, Intrepid Adventurer ...
Australia (53)
Best Group, People, Places & Planet, Intrepid Adventurer ...
New Zealand (37)
Best Group, People, Places & Planet, Intrepid Adventurer ...

455 images in 34 categories.

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