#EUSolidarityCorps Photo Contest - Terms and Conditions

Take part in the European Solidarity Corps Contest and have a chance to win a European Solidarity Corps promotion kit. The central question of our contest in the ninth round is:


What is your magical end of the year European Solidarity Corps moment?


Show us what you have explored and experienced during your European Solidarity Corps activity and you could be one of the lucky winners!


How does it work?

The contest will run on a monthly basis. The ninth round is open from 3rd December to 31st December 2019.

To take part in the contest, just follow these 5 easy steps:

       1. Go to https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en 

       2. Login with your European Solidarity Corps credentials

       3. Upload up to five pictures. Each photo should be of minimum 600 dpi resolution.

       4. Make sure that you have the consent of all the people in the photo

       5. Give a brief explanation on the picture, why it represents your magical end of the year moment

       6. Please note that we are looking for photos to represent ideals, values and the true spirit of the European Solidarity Corps (check the European Solidarity Corps mission and principles below) and which have been taken in activities since 7th December 2016

Your photo(s) will be displayed in the public gallery immediately following your submission. The European Solidarity Corps team reserves the right to moderate the contributions and remove any submission considered inappropriate without prior and further notice.

If your photo(s) meet(s) the above mentioned criteria, you could become one of the #EUSolidarityCorps contest monthly winners!


How will the winners be selected?

The contest is open to anybody creative and inspired by the European Solidarity Corps aged 18 to 31 and registered on the European Solidarity Corps Portal.

A professional jury including photography and social media experts will select the five winning photos. The most visually original and creative will win.


Up to five lucky winners will be chosen each month, which means you could be the winner for December 2019, January 2020 etc.!

The monthly winner(s) will be contacted by email by the European Solidarity Corps team by email, which is managing the prizes for this contest on behalf of the European Commission. Participants should keep an eye on their incoming emails and make sure they reply within seven working days to the emails sent by the team. With no reply from them, another participant will be chosen as a winner.The name of the winner(s) of each round will be announced in the month following the respective round on some or all of the following social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


What are the prizes?

Up to five monthly winners will receive a European Solidarity Corps promotion kit and a voucher of a value of 100 €. In addition, a single picture of the month will be selected as the winner of the month. The person, who submits the winning photo of the month, will receive an Interrail ticket to travel to seven EU destinations for the maximum of one month or a voucher of the same value.

Just for you to know …

Be original. You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright to the photo(s) you submitted.

The protection of personal data is important for the European Union and its institutions. Therefore:

  • Don’t take pictures of private people without their consent.
    In the case of children ask their parents for permission.
  • Make sure to obtain from those who are in the picture(s) you submit the written consent for publishing these pictures on the website(s), Instagram, Twitter, Facebook of the European Commission and its multiplier organisations like national agencies, Eurodesk, SALTO etc. in the context of the European Solidarity Corps.
  • Keep in mind, that

     a) you should keep these consent forms/letters in a safe place for the period of the contest up to 6 months or until you receive a prior personal message from the organising body, stating that you are freed of this obligation, which actually only aims at protecting YOU from claims on behalf of one of your photo subjects.

    b) only the winning photo participant(s) will later be asked separately to sign the authorisation and licences form of the European Commission Audiovisual Service for deposit of the pictures into the Audiovisual Services Photo Archive.

    - Adult authorisation: 


   - Minor authorisation: 


    - Photo licence: 


Don’t over-edit. Basic cropping, colour correction and retouching are acceptable. Special effects, computer-generated images and other heavy modifications should be avoided.

Stay safe. Do not put yourself or others in danger when taking your photo.

Check out the mission and principles of the European Solidarity Corps:

  • Mission:

           - Bringing together young people to build a more inclusive society;

           - Supporting vulnerable people;

           - Responding to societal challenges.

  • Principles:

         - Embracing the values of solidarity, respect for human dignity and human rights, and believing in the promotion of a fair and equal society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality prevail;

         - Striving to enhance solidarity between people across the European Union and beyond, while respecting their cultures and their traditions, and aiming to build a community of shared responsibilities and mutual support;

         - Willing to make meaningful contributions to society and showing solidarity, cooperation and mutual understanding;


There is a limit of five photos per month you can submit. Please be aware that you can only win maximum one prize per month in the #EUSolidarityCorps contest.

You can request through the European Solidarity Corps portal to have your photo(s) removed by the European Solidarity Corps team.

We have the right to disqualify any photo if we have reasons to believe that you have not followed the rules of the contest.

By participating in the #EUSolidarityCorps contest, the winning photo participants give consent to the European Commission, to use the photos for their own publicity purposes and communication on local, regional, national and European level for the existence of the European Solidarity Corps programme and its successor programmes to come.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter. Entrants discharge Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter from any kind of responsibility in relation to this contest.

The organiser reserves the right to change or replace the contest prizes and/or modify the rules and regulations of the contest as and when necessary, without prior notice.

By submitting an image for the contest, the participant will be regarded as having accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules and regulations of the contest.