Global Campus Visual Contest

The Contest

Global Campus Visual Contest is the contest of photography, organised by the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and the Global Campus Alumni (GCA) in cooperation with the Right Livelihood.

The goal of the contest is to create synergies between academia, Human Rights defenders and artists to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection.

The Contest invites all photographers, professional and amateur, from all over the world to submit their work.

The winner of the best photo will be awarded with financial support to attend a one-to-one workshop with the award-winning Bangladeshi photographer GMB Akash in Dhaka. The most voted images will be selected to create a dedicated online gallery and an itinerant exhibition to be displayed in connection to GC events and educational activities to further the work on human rights issues and increase understanding and international exposure. The international jury wil be comprised of renowned international photographers such as GMB Akash as well as communication experts and Alumni representatives from the wide GCA network.

The entry period is from the 8 November 2021 to the 8 January 2022. The images will be submitted via the “Apply Section” of the Contest website and posted on Instagram @gchumanrights (Read the Apply Section).

The theme


The theme of the 2021/2022 edition is “Business activity and impact on Human Rights: challenges and hopes for a better future”.

This contest seeks to promote reflection on the multiple impacts of business activity and create hope for a future of trust and collaboration on human rights and sustainable environment.

June 2021 marked the tenth anniversary month since the adoption of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Over this first decade, there have been important developments: more companies have committed to human rights and more governments in all regions have developed national action plans, demonstrating emerging awareness around the human rights responsibilities of business that did not exist earlier. Despite increased attention on risks and adverse impacts of business operations on human rights, and the development of initiatives and case-law, many challenges and obstacles are still hampering that progress and major challenges still remain. Unfortunately, human rights abuses linked to business activity such as forced and exploited labour, women and children trafficked in the supply chains, displacement of people and endangered environments are still numerous.

This 10th anniversary is therefore the perfect moment to reflect on how to step up efforts for the coming years in connection also with the launch in October-December by the UN Working Group of a roadmap for implementation over the next decade.



About the Global Campus of Human Rights and Global Campus Alumni network

The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) is a unique network aiming to educate human rights defenders, activists and professionals committed to upholding the universal values of human rights and democracy. Building on more than two decades of excellence in education, training and research within the fields of human rights and democratisation, it consists of about 100 leading universities and the network is coordinated by seven regional hubs, based in Venice (for Europe), Sarajevo/Bologna (for South East Europe), Pretoria (for Africa), Bangkok (for the Asia Pacific), Yerevan (for the Caucasus), Buenos Aires (for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Beirut (for the Arab World) – each offering a Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation. Beyond these programmes, the Global Campus engages in a wide range of additional activities to build capacity and raise awareness of human rights and democratisation.

The Global Campus Alumni (GCA) is a global network of regional alumni associations focused on human rights and democratisation. It brings together over 3000 alumni from 7 Regional Master’s programmes in order to to build connections, create opportunities and share expertise amongst GC graduates.