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Put a changemaker in the spotlight

Photograph an everyday changemaker who inspires you – and win €2500

5 Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest

At 5 we’re all about celebrating changemakers. Not just the high-profile movers and shakers, but also the everyday people who are making differences, big and small, all around the world, right now.

The 5 Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest is your opportunity to put the spotlight on a changemaker who you admire – and have a chance at winning one of two €2500 prizes.

All you need to do is take a great photo of an everyday changemaker, and tell us why you think they deserve to be celebrated. They might be a teacher, an activist, an entrepreneur, a volunteer, a medical professional, an artist or a schoolkid doing amazing things. Anyone who inspires you.

You don’t need to be a professional photographer – anyone can enter.

Just take a photo of a changemaker you admire, and you could win €2500

Five finalists will be chosen by our jury of professionals, and five will be chosen by the community. From these two sets of finalists, winners will be chosen for the two €2500 prizes.

The 5 Jury Prize
The winner of this €2500 prize will be selected from among five finalists by our jury of professional photographers.

Judges will be looking for portraits that are well composed and executed. They want to see pictures that show something about who the chosen changemaker is. Their character, their spirit, their drive, maybe a feel for the community or setting they work in, the kind of work they do or the impact they are having. All shortlisted entries will be examined and judged by our expert jury, giving you a priceless opportunity to put your photo in front of some of the world’s leading professional photographers.

The 5 Community Prize
The winner of this €2500 prize will be selected from among five finalists by the 5 community, who will vote via Instagram.

To stand out from the crowd and grab the attention of our discerning audience, you’ll need to capture a vibrant, eye-catching and inspiring image, that tells a compelling story about your chosen changemaker. Finalists will be selected based on the number of likes for each Instagram post. 5 will then repost the five finalists on our own Instagram account, and the community will have another chance to vote for the winner from among the finalists.

All the winners and finalists will be promoted on the 5 website and via our media channels.

Finalists will be announced on November 16th.

5 will contact the two winners directly, and their names will be announced on December 8th.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Good luck!

How to enter

  • Go to Instagram and follow @5media_official
  • Create a new post with your photo. If entering a photo you’ve posted before, please repost it. Make sure your account is set to public.
  • In the caption, write the name of your chosen changemaker and a quick description of what they do, the impact they’ve had, and why they deserve the stage. If the changemaker is on Instagram, tag them
  • Add the hashtag #5_changemaker and tap share!
  • Entries close on November 9th.



Ismail Zaidy

Ismail is a young photographer from Morocco whose work focuses on family. He works regularly with his brother and sister, both as models and creative partners. His work seeks to shine a light on family relationships, including issues that are often not discussed, such as distance and estrangement. “I am trying to treat this issue throughout my work, showing that family is one of the most valuable gifts in our lives,” Ismail says.



Luisa Dörr

Luisa Dörr is a Brazilian photographer whose work focuses on the feminine human landscape. Through the quietness of her storytelling, she uses the portrait as a vehicle to explore the complexity of human nature and femininity. Luisa’s work has been published in Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, Geo and Wired, among others. In 2019 she won third prize in the portrait stories category of the World Press Photo Award. Luisa is currently working on long-term projects related to racial rights and the role of women in agriculture.

website | instagram


Ken Hermann

Danish photographer Ken Hermann is passionate about individuals and their unique histories. He explores the fragile balance between people and their environment, between tradition and modernity. Ken’s photos weave together cultural and political content, blending documentary and cinematic portraiture. His application of lighting, combining artificial with natural, takes the images into a surreal space, creating dreamlike visions of everyday people.

website | instagram


Rob Hornstra

Originally from the Netherlands, Rob Hornstra works on long-term documentary projects that take him all over the world. He has published several books, produced documentary series for international magazines, and taken part in numerous exhibitions. He is head of the photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and founder of Fotodok – a venue for documentary photography events and education in Utrecht.

website | instagram


Hannah Reyes Morales

Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photographer whose work documents tenderness in the face of adversity. Her photography, both visceral and intimate, takes a look at how resilience is embodied in daily life. Based in Manila, Hannah’s work explores the universal themes of diaspora, survival, and the bonds that tie us together. She has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Geographic, Al Jazeera and The Southeast Asia Globe.

website | instagram