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International LGBT+ photography competition - All Out Photo Award

On 17 May 2021, to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), All Out and MTV launched a major international LGBT+ photography competition – the All Out Photo Award!

Inspired by the theme of IDAHOBIT 2021 – "Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!" – we asked our community around the world to submit photos that captured how LGBT+ people and our allies around the world resist attacks and discrimination, support each other in these difficult times, and heal together.

We have received over 1,800 photos by more than 380 photographers from over 60 countries.

We were impressed by the diversity of photos submitted: photos from around the world that capture both the beauty, resilience and vibrancy, but also the pain, resistance and isolation of so many different LGBT+ communities.

Choosing the winners was no easy feat – but our wonderful international jury of renowned photographers did an amazing job! Based on the criteria -  expression of the theme, inspirational power, originality, and composition - the jury chose the following winners in each category:

Title: Kurdish trans women | Category: RESISTING | Winner: Cansu Yıldıran, Turkey

Title: Kurdish trans women | Category: RESISTING | Winner: Cansu Yıldıran, Turkey

Title: Bonita & Midori | Category: HEALING | Winner: Hao Nguyen, Canada

Title: Bonita & Midori | Category: HEALING | Winner: Hao Nguyen, Canada

Title: Fearless | Category: SUPPORTING | Winner: Inésio Samuel, Mozambique

Title: Fearless | Category: SUPPORTING | Winner: Inésio Samuel, Mozambique

You can learn more about each winning photo and also check out the runner-ups here.

And there is more: winning photos received a cash prize of USD $1,000 and some incredible opportunities, like being displayed on one of the big screens in New York City's Times Square and exhibited at WorldPride Copenhagen 2021.

Check out how amazing they looked on Times Square:


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The incredible photographic talent that this competition has attracted documents this journey of pain, hope and solidarity with eloquence and beauty. The photographs are an inspiration in the fight for global equality for all LGBT+ people.

Thank you so much to everyone that submitted their photos and took part in this amazing project!