Management Sciences for Health and Announce 2014 Call for Entries: Two Grand Prize Winners Will Receive 2014 MSH Photography Fellowship

{Photo by 2013 MSH Photo Fellow Warren Zelman}Photo by 2013 MSH Photo Fellow Warren Zelman

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is pleased to team up with (SDN) again this year on the Call for Entries: Using the Power of Photography to Promote Global Awareness. The Grand Prize of this Call for Entries will award two photographers each a $4,000 MSH Photo Fellowship and up to two weeks, expenses-paid trip(s) documenting MSH’s global health projects in Africa, Asia, or Latin America. Other winners will be specifically honored by (SDN). Call for Entries and application submissions will be managed by SDN. 

MSH and SDN are especially excited to announce that the winners’ work will be featured in an exhibition at powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY, February 27 to March 23, 2014. 


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For the second year in a row, MSH is excited to offer our 2014 MSH Photography Fellowship, in partnership with SDN. This Fellowship is awarded to global health-minded photographers to document our life-saving work with people at all levels of the health system—from households to health workers to doctors and nurses to government officials and ministers of health. 

MSH, a nonprofit organization with over 40 years of experience working in more than 150 developing countries, is dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. MSH works with health leaders throughout the world on global health’s biggest challenges, with a focus on HIV & AIDS, TB, malaria, chronic diseases, family planning,  and maternal and child health. Together with our health partners, we work toward a vision where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life and accessible, affordable, appropriate health services for all—through stronger health systems.   

SDN, launched in 2008, uses the power of photography to promote global issues. The website features hundreds of compelling online exhibits by photographers from all corners of the world who share a common curiosity of the human condition. 

Selected photographers will receive:

  • $4,000 honorarium and one to two weeks of expense-paid travel in one to two of the countries in which MSH works. Travel should occur between December 2013 and June 2014.
  • All expenses paid during travel including emergency medical insurance and visas.
  • Work featured in MSH publications (hard copy and electronic), website, social media, conference and event materials, and country and corporate reports.
  • All winning entries will be featured in an exhibition at powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY, February 27 to March 23, 2014. There will also be a web-based component to the exhibition. SDN and MSH will pay all printing and preparation costs for the exhibition. 

Submissions will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Submitted work and résumé must demonstrate ability to photographically document challenging situations resulting in strong visual imagery and narrative.
  • Photographer must provide evidence of past experience working independently in the developing world and/or countries in conflict.
  • Submitted work must demonstrate ability to show dignity and hope while engaged in photographing challenging global health situations.

Selected fellow photographer must:

  • Provide all his/her own photography equipment.
  • Have valid passport. (MSH will arrange for any appropriate visas).
  • Possess strong spoken English language skills.
  • Available for two weeks of travel between December 2013 and June 2014.
  • In addition to the photography part of project, prepare and execute a one-day training program for MSH local staff. 

Selected fellow photographer must agree to following terms of use of images:

  • Photographer will retain copyright and ownership of all work produced while engaged by MSH.
  • Photographer agrees to make available to MSH all images of reasonable quality or better that are taken on assignment while working on the Fellowship. 
  • Photographer may shoot other work during times that are not part of the specific MSH assignment, and this work is outside the scope of this agreement.
  • Images must be made available at the highest resolution available from the equipment used by the photographer.
  • MSH has rights to use images for seven years following delivery from photographer for any and all publicity for MSH, including print and electronic usage and for the MSH website, email communications, printed brochures, newsletters annual reports, etc.
  • MSH does not have the right to sell or license these images to any third party.
  • MSH does not have the right to create products, which feature Fellowship work, that are sold to MSH members or the public without negotiating a separate agreement with the photographer.
  • MSH will properly credit the photographer in all such use of work.
  • Photographer may use this work for personal publicity, exhibitions, editorial publication, or publishing in a book format. In such cases, the photographer should indicate the work was shot while on assignment with MSH.
  • Photographer may not license work to any other entity for publicity or public relations purposes during the seven-year period that the work is under license with MSH.

Important dates

  • SDN Begins Accepting Entries: Aug. 9, 2013
  • Submissions deadline: Sept. 28, 2013
  • Judging period: Oct. 2-16, 2013
  • SDN announce winners at PDN PhotoExpo and on SDN and MSH websites: Nov. 6, 2013
  • Travel begins/ends for MSH Photography Fellowship: Dec. 2013 - June 2014
  • Exhibition at powerHouse Arena: Feb. 27 - Mar. 23, 2014

How to submit entry

Beginning August 9, 2013, you can submit your submission via the standard online tools available for submitting any exhibit on The difference is that you will see an option to designate the exhibit as a competition entry. You can also convert any existing exhibit on SDN to a fellowship application simply by pressing a button in your exhibit edit page and paying the competition entry fee. There are three ways to submit an entry to the competition:

  • Visit the SDN competition page of their website and click link at bottom of page
  • If you are already a member, login to your account, and in your account, click link to create a new exhibit. You will see a link to create a competition entry
  • If you have an exhibit already on SDN, go into the exhibit edit page. You will see a link to submit this exhibit to a competition entry. You will be required to pay the application fee ($35).
  • In addition to submitting your work through the SDN web platform, if you are applying to the MSH Photography Fellowship, you must send a resume and three references with email contact information to:  Do not send photographs to this address. References will only be contacted if photographer is a finalist.

General application requirements

  • $35 application fee that allows for submitting 6 – 24 images
  • Upon submitting, your application will become a standard SDN exhibit for one year. After one year you will have the option of renewing your submission to SDN as an SDN exhibit at the standard rates at the time. 
  • All fees must be paid using a credit card on the SDN website. International credit cards are accepted. All application submissions and fees are final and non-refundable.
  • All applications must follow rules and regulations regarding exhibits on SDN. See SDN website for further information on fees.
  • Exhibits on need to be approved before going live. In the event that submission is not accepted for the SDN website, the photographer may make changes to their exhibit and re-submit, at no additional cost, up until the entry deadline.
  • Photographers can only submit one application to the Call for Entries.
  • All submitted photographs must have been taken since 2008.
  • All approved entries will be viewable to the public on the SDN site for one year.
  • Previous winners of the MSH Photo Fellowship are not eligible to apply.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals. 


Shahidal Alam, Founder, Drik Photo Agency, Bangladesh

Barbara Ayotte, Director of Strategic Communications, Management Sciences for Health, Cambridge

Dimitri Beck, Editor-in-Chief, Polka Magazine, Paris

Manoocher Dhegati, AP Middle East Regional Photo Editor, Cairo

Glenn Ruga, Founder and Director,, Boston

Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, Director, Anastasia Photo, New York