Invitation to Participate in Photo Contest “Faces of Diversity”

Human diversity is an obvious fact of life. People can be of different race, ethnicity, religion, social status, origin, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, beliefs and convictions. Equality goes hand in hand with the acceptance of human diversity. However, our prejudices and stereotypes often limit our capacity to see unique people’s portraits and stories.

Professional and non - professional photographers are invited to participate in the photo contest and show Lithuanian society in its diversity. Selected images will illustrate the provision of the Law of Equal Treatment that equal rights and opportunities must be ensured to all irrespective of gender, race, nationality, citizenship, language, origin, social status, belief, convictions or views, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion.


The contest is open to everyone without any restrictions and prior registration.

Submission of entries

Please transfer up to 3 photographs (size 1 - 5 MB) via WeTransfer to the email address ivairove@lygybe.lt until the 1st December. Please provide a short description of every submitted image.

Selection procedure

The special commission consisting of Aleksandra Jacovckytė, theatre and graphic artist, photographer; Rūta Ostrovskaja, art critic; Mintautė Jurkutė, communications specialist; Grytė Ruzgė, psychologist, human rights activist, will select photographs from submitted entries. Selection criteria: originality, creativity, content relevance to the aim of the contest, image quality, overall aesthetic impression.


Selected images will be part of the exhibition “Faces of Diversity” and will be held in 35 municipalities of Lithuania during 2018-2019. Photographs with annotations will be also printed and included in the exhibition catalogue as well as distributed all over the country.


The contest is organised by the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson implementing the project “Change in Private, Public and Civic Sectors - New Standards for Reducing Discrimination” funded by the European Social Fund.

For any inquiries and questions, please contact the contest coordinator Rūta on mobile phone +370 6 283 4420 or by e-mail ivairove@lygybe.lt.

Agneta Skardžiuvienė

Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania

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