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By: 5

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Put a changemaker in the spotlight

Vote for your favourite photo in our competition. Two lucky winners will receive €2500.

Choose your winner!

Over the past few weeks we’ve received dozens upon dozens of stunning portraits in 5’s Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest, and we’re now delighted to reveal the 10 finalists. Congratulations to all the entrants whose photos have been chosen – scroll down to take a look at them.

The challenge set by 5 was to take a photograph of an inspiring changemaker, and tell us why they deserve to be celebrated, for a chance at winning one of two €2500 prizes.

Now it’s time to pick the winners.

Our jury of top photographers have selected five finalists for the 5 Jury Prize, and the five photos that garnered the most likes on Instagram have been selected as finalists for the 5 Community Prize (scroll down to see the finalists for each prize – and how to vote for a winner).

The judges said: “The entries we received were a combination of outstanding portraits and impressive stories. The photos chosen as finalists represent active changemakers, urgent issues and personal stories which make a larger statement.”

Jury member Rob Hornstra said: “I found it a great privilege to look at photos and read stories of so many inspiring personalities. Though their backgrounds and motivations are completely different, they all share the ambition to make the world a better place: more equal, more humane and more sustainable.”

Jury member Ismail Zaidy said: “It was a great honour to be a part of this great contest, but also it was so hard for me to choose the best from a variety of amazing stories and pictures. For those who are in the top five, I’m telling you that you have a talent, the talent of photography and the privilege of storytelling. For those who didn’t make it, you are also artists, just keep working until you find your perfect angle.”

The jury will now examine the five finalists for the 5 Jury Prize, and choose the winner, while the winner of the 5 Community Prize will be voted for by you.

So go ahead: check out the finalists for the 5 Community Prize below, and vote for your favourite (or favourites) by clicking through to Instagram and ‘liking’ the post. The photo that gets the most likes will be named the winner.

You can vote right now, up until Sunday November 29th at 15:00 CET (09:00 EST). The two winners – each receiving €2500 – will be announced on December 8th. Terms and conditions for the contest can be found here.

So what are you waiting for, get voting!



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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