Metro Photo Challenge

Since 2004 Metro Photo Challenge connects people all over the world through the universal language of photography. This year’s edition will run from September 20th till November 25th. Each country will have a local vote that will define 6 local finalists, of which 3 will be chosen by local juries and 3 by public vote, which will be announced on December 7th, and then compete in the Global Grand Final of Metro Photo Challenge. Global winners will be announced on 15th December.

2016 Metro Photo Challenge Global Themes are:

1. Travel of My Dreams
2. Home Traveling
3. Travelers

For each theme there will be a Grand Winner with a Grand Prize to EASTER ISLAND!

To participate just follow these steps:

1. Register or link your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account
2. Once registered and logged in just upload as many photos as you want
3. Share in social media to collect votes!

The Grand Prize

Discover Easter Island!

Win a unique trip to one of the most enigmatic and beautiful destinations in the world: EASTER ISLAND! A place full of secrets, beautiful landscapes and the iconics Moais that will that will certainly give you the opportunity to live a unique experience. The travel includes round-trip flights, local transportation, accommodation and activities. For more details on the grand prize please visit the Terms and conditions.

Global Jury

Metro is proud to present the renowned Global Jury of this year's Metro Photo Challenge:

Alejandro Cartagena
Global Jury Member
Alejandro Cartagena (MX) Rep. Dominicana 1977
Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico since 1990. Course The Master of Arts of the UANL. Ja exhibited Manner and individual collective in Mexico, United States, Italy, England, Dominican Republic, Canada, China, and Guatemala. His works are in public and private collections such as the SFMOMA, the flashlight West, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the MPF Chicago, the MAM of Rio de Janeiro, The FEMSA Collection, the Collection Coppel and the National Photographic Library of Pachuca Hidalgo. Ja won awards and recognitions among which the scholarship SNCA
CONACULTA, the Book Award PHOTOLUCIDA, the Photography Award Italo-Latin American Institute in Rome and the Acquisition Award Hall of Photography Photo Library NL was one of 30 Named most important Emerging Photographers by New York magazine PDN and A talent artist magazine FOAM in Amsterdam. Ha Sido Porfolio Award finalist Prize Foundation opening in New York and the Prix Pictet Prize in England. Ja, published several books among which are Suburbia Mexicana, Before the war, carpoolers, jobs return Power Rios and Santa Barbara back to us.
Liu Bolin
Global Jury Member
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong, China and studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating with an MFA in 2001.
Better known as “The Invisible Man” in media circles, Liu Bolin sprang from a generation of artists struggling with the consequences of the Cultural Revolution and the rapid economic development in the decades after. He discusses the social concerns of his home country through his artistic practice, most prominently through his ‘camouflage’ installations. Traversing mediums such as performance, photography and social activism, Liu Bolin dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of intrigue, contention and criticism. His "Hiding in the City" series has been displayed in numerous museums and institutions across the globe. Inspired by his powerful visual messages, artists and institutions and organizations such as The Louvre (Paris, France), Harper's Bazaar Magazine, JR, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jon Bon Jovi and Kenny Scharf have invited Liu Bolin to collaborate on creative projects. In 2013, Liu presented a TED talk in Long Beach, California. In 2015, Liu was selected by United Nations backed campaign The Global Goals to create an image that conveyed 17 goals – including ending poverty, encouraging sustainable development and fight inequality and injustice – where he hid himself within 193 flags of the world.
Liu’s work has been exhibited worldwide in solo shows as well as group shows.
His works are in major collections such as the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH; Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; M+ Museum Uli Sigg Collection, Hong Kong; Fondation Ariane de Rothschild, Madrid, Spain; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; Fist Art Foundation, Dorado, Puerto Rico; the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston, MA; The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK; Museo Enzo Ferrari, Modena, Italy and; DSL Collection, Paris, France.
Liu Bolin currently lives and works in Beijing.
Jürgen Bürgin
Global Jury Member
Jürgen Bürgin is an urban photographer based in Berlin, Germany. He is specialized in exploring the metropolises of our world. So far, he photographed in Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hanoi, Saigon etc. He exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows and has won several awards. In 2016 he published his first photo book, ‘Urban Fever – Scenes from city life’, a personal and emotional view on big city life.
David Lazar
Global Jury Member
David Lazar is a travel photographer from Brisbane, Australia, who captures moments of life, culture and beauty through photography. He is drawn to locations which have a rich cultural background and is especially interested in portraiture photography. David is a contributor to numerous publications around the world, and is a photography tour leader for Luminous Journeys conducting photo tours in Southeast Asia.
jimmy nelson
Global Jury Member
Jimmy Nelson (UK, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot (1985). The journey lasted a year and upon his return hisunique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.Soon after (1987) he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes for many of the world leading publications ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In early 1994 he and his Dutch wife Ashkaine Hora Adema produced “Literary Portraits of China”. A coffee table book about all indigenous cultures in China and their translated literature. The book was the result of a forty month project that took them to all the hidden corners of the newly opening People’s Republic. Upon its completion the images were exhibited in the People’s Palace on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and then followed by a successful worldwide tour.From 1997 onwards, Jimmy successfully undertook commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands. At the same time he started accumulating images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old plate camera and awards followed.

In 2010 he began his journey to create the iconic artistic document that became “Before They pass Away”. After visiting 35 chosen Indigenous communities, part 1 was published to International acclaim at the beginning of 2014. Jimmy received many awards.Today Jimmy is still travelling and photographing to produce part 2 of the project. His communication and his passion are found on a far wider platform. He is exhibiting at International Museums, shows his work at the world’s leading Photographic Art galleries, speaking at international conferences and is at the moment setting up the Jimmy Nelson Foundation.
Juan Perez
Jimmy Nelson

Terms and conditions

The Metro Photo Challenge 2016 is arranged by Metro International S.A. together with local Metro subsidiaries around the globe. To be a part of Metro Photo Challenge 2016, and to have the chance of being a local finalist or public vote finalist, and to qualify as a global grand prize winner, you need to upload at least one photo that meets the Approved Photo Requirements (as defined below) in any of the three global categories – “Travel of My Dreams”, “Home Traveling”, and “Traveleres” – before 25th of November 2016.

Terms and Conditions

1. Introduction

1.1 The Metro Photo Challenge was introduced twelve years ago in Sweden and ran globally for the first time in 2007.

1.2 By registering and submitting a photo, you enter the Metro Photo Challenge 2016 and acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions set out below, as well as the Metro Privacy Policy found at Upon the submission of any personal information to us, you expressly grant permission to us to disseminate and/or use such information for any lawful purpose, as detailed in the Privacy Policy.

2. Participation

2.1 The Metro Photo Challenge 2016 (also referred to below as the “Challenge”) is arranged by Metro International S.A. together with local Metro subsidiaries and Local Metro franchisee around the globe (jointly referred to as ”Metro” below). To be a part of Metro Photo Challenge 2016, and to have the chance of being a local finalist or a global grand prize winner, you need to upload at least one photo that meets the Approved Photo Requirements (as defined below) in any of the three global categories – 1. “Travel of my Dreams”. 2. “Travelers” 3. “Home Traveling” – before November 25th, 2016.

2.2 The Metro Photo Challenge 2016 will run between September 20th and December 15th 2016, when global winners will be announced. You may only compete in one country. The participating countries are Finland, Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Peru.

2.3 Please visit the websites of the respective countries to register and to accept the local terms and conditions for the Challenge in that country. The local terms and conditions will apply in addition to these terms and conditions. In cases of discrepancies, the local terms and conditions shall apply.

2.4 If you are not a resident of any of the Metro countries, you may still take part in the Challenge via the “International Section”.

2.5 The Metro Photo Challenge 2016 is free of charge and open to anyone, other than employees, agents, contractors and consultants (or their families) of Metro and its affiliates. If you are under the age of 18, you must provide Metro with your parent’s or legal guardian’s approval to take part in the Challenge, however to be awarded with the global grand prize you must be at least 18 years old.

2.6 Metro will collect your first name, surname, city of residence, age, phone number and valid e-mail address. Metro may also require your home address. You cannot take part in the Challenge without submitting this data. Your personal data will be handled in accordance with Metro’s Privacy Policy.

2.7 Metro has the right to publish your name, surname, age and city of residence next to the photos that you submit for marketing and editorial promotional activity such as television, internet, radio, printed media and social networks, among other in relation to the Metro Photo Challenge 2016.

2.8 To upload an image you must register in the Metro Photo Challenge 2016 through the website with your email address or by linking your account to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google. Pictures may be only uploaded through the upload link in

2.9 Daily, while the contest is up and running, the most voted photo of the day before will be published on the webiste on the section “the most voted photo of the day”. The pictures published in this section will not receive any prize or be considered more likely to be local finalist or grand global winner.

3. Selection of the local finalists and global grand prize winners

3.1 The Challenge consists of two evaluation rounds (“Round One” and “Round Two”).

3.2 Round One runs from November 28th- December 2nd, 2016. In Round One, each local jury will select three photos, one in each category, based on the Judging Criteria (as set out below). In addition to these three local finalists’ photos, there will be a public vote, through which the local public will select three photos, one in each category, by using the vote button function as described below (section 6). The six photos from each country and the International Section will then be sent to the global final competition in Round Two. Local finalists selected by the local juries and the public vote will be announced on December 7th, 2016.

3.3 Round Two runs from December 5th - December 9th, 2016. In Round Two, a global jury will, in its sole discretion, select one grand winner in each of the three categories based on the Judging Criteria. The three winners (the “Global Grand Winners”) will be announced on December 15th, 2016.

3.4 You may submit one or more photos in all categories, but only one of your photos may be selected as a finalist photo. If more than one of your photos are top ranked, the local and global juries will, in their sole discretion, select one of your photos that will compete in the local and global finals.

3.5 By participating in the Metro Photo Challenge 2016 you accept that the decisions taken by the local juries and global jury are final and binding and cannot be appealed.

4. Winners & prizes

4.1 The three Global Grand Winners will each receive a global grand prize described below (the “Global Grand Prize”).

4.2 The three (3) Global Grand winners, selected by the Global jury will each receive the Grand Prize which is a 5 days Photo Expedition to Easter Island (Chile), in the first or second semester of 2017. The Global Grand winners will be announced December 15th, 2016, and the exact dates when the Photo Expedition will take place will be communicated oppotunely thereafter. The Global Grand Prize includes: Return trip flight from home country of the winners to Easter Island; accommodation for the full stay (4 nights); and activities, transportation and guiding throughout the stay. The Grand Prize is supplied by Metro International. The winner will be eligible to have his or her photos from the expedition used by our global editorial team, Metro World News, for possible publishing within our participating countries during 2017 without remuneration or compensation. However, Metro World News is not obliged to publish such photos. The Grand Prize has a total value of around 4000 EUR per person. The winner will be responsible for ensuring that he or she meets the requirements for obtaining visa for Chile if needed. The winner will also be responsible for ensuring that he or she has adequate insurances, permits, vaccines or other medical indications if applicable.

4.3 However in any case Metro and/or their partners may not be held responsible for any matter occurring to or caused by the winners in connection with this Contest or during the travel and/or stay in the final destination where the prize will take place and/or in connection thereto. The limitation of liability for Metro and their partners includes, but is not limited to: i) any possible injuries, health problems, provided healthcare or hospital stays, and, even death; ii) any facts considered force majeure or act of God; iii) damages caused by or to the winner in relation to any property belonging to the winner or third party; iv) matters with authorities or other entities; v) and / or any similar occurrences in relation to the prize and/or Contest.

4.4 For security reasons, you must be at least 18 years old to claim the Global Grand Prize. If you are under the age of 18, you cannot claim the Global Grand Prize. Instead, the Global Jury will select in their sole discretion a new winner between the rest of the finalist participants, who will receive the Global Grand Prize.

4.5 Prizes are non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Metro has the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to substitute a prize for another prize of equal or greater value. All prizes are awarded as is, and no warranties or guarantees beyond the standard manufacturer’s warranty are implied or expressed.

4.6 If you are selected as a winner, Metro will notify you to a valid e-mail which you provided. You accept your prize by replying to the notification e-mail. In the event of non-acceptance of a prize within five (5) days of receipt of the notification e-mail, Metro reserves the right to reallocate the prize to another participant, in Metro’s sole discretion. If you are selected as a winner, you must pay any potential profit tax in relation to the prize.

5. The public vote

5.1 The public can vote for any photo, in any category, in any country. Each person may only vote once per photo by pressing the “vote button” on the local section of

5.2 Facebook or Instagram likes, Facebook shares and similar are not considered as votes and will not be counted as such.

5.3 In case Metro detects any anomaly or suspect that a participant is preventing the normal development of the Contest, altering illegally the voting or any kind of suspicious activity by means of any technical or computer procedure, Metro reserves the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to disqualify the entry and/or the participant from the Contest. In this regard it is important to add that Metro has enabled the necessary technological support to detect any possible anomalous or fraudulent action and performance where a participant tries to alter the participation in the Contest with the aim of achieving the Grand Prize through illicit means.

6. Categories

6.1 The three global categories for the Metro Photo Challenge 2016 are:
1. “Travel of My Dreams”
2. “Travelers”
3. “Home Traveling”

6.2 In all three categories color filters, minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. Other photo-editing techniques, such as photomontage, stitched panoramas and collages can’t be used.

7. Judging Criteria

7.1 The Metro Photo Challenge 2016 juries will select winners of the Challenge by assessing the photos according to the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”). As mentioned above, there are several local juries and a global jury.

7.2 The global jury can be viewed on the about page

7.3 The local jury can be viewed on the about page

7.4 The Judging Criteria consist of the following factors:

a) Fit and relevance:
- To what extent the photo “fits” and is relevant to the category.
b) Creativity:
- Is the subject matter pictured in a unique way or is a common item shown from an interesting point of view?
- Does the photo demonstrate originality?
c) Technical quality:
- Color and/or tonal rendition
- Contrast
- Lighting
d) Overall impression:
- Does the photo grab the viewer’s attention and hold it?
- Does it have the “wow” factor? Are there any special effects or extras?

8. Approved Photo Requirements

8.1 Each photo must meet the following requirements (the “Approved Photo Requirements”) in order to qualify as an entry to the Metro Photo Challenge 2016.

a) Each photo may only compete in one of the countries included in the Challenge, as set out above, or in the International Section.

b) Each photo may compete only in one of the three categories.

c) Each photo must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry in the Challenge. However, the photo need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 12 megabytes or smaller, and must be in JPEG or JPG format.

d) Only minor burning, color filters, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable, as is cropping. Other photo-editing techniques, such as photomontage, stitched panoramas and collages can’t be used.

e) By entering the Challenge, you warrant that the submitted photo is an original work created solely by you, that it does not infringe the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right to the photograph.

f) A photo that includes a work that may be protected by copyright, for example works of art, statues and written works, may be accepted provided that the included work is only depicted as “an object in its environment” and not, for example, a full-frame close-up. You must be prepared to provide a release form, signed by the rights holder, in which the rights holder confirms that you are entitled to enter the photo in the Challenge.

g) In order to be accepted in the Challenge, the photo may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Metro, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

h) You may include watermarks in your submissions but we strongly recommend you not to do this as it might interfere with the overall judging.

9. Intellectual property rights

9.1 By submitting your photo to the Metro Photo Challenge 2016, you give Metro and its chosen partners and affiliates the right to (including but not limited to) reproduce, amend, exhibit, print, use and to any third party assign and sub-license the photo, in any form, for marketing and editorial purposes in any media related to the Challenge during five (5) years from the date of the Challenge’s closure without remuneration or compensation.

9.2 If your photo is used by Metro or its partners or affiliates as set out above, your name and the country in which you reside will be published in connection with the photo.

9.3 Metro reserves the right to, to at its sole discretion, edit and crop submitted photos, provided that it is necessary in order for the photo to be uploaded and included in the Challenge and provided that only minor modifications of the photo are required.
10. Illegal or violating content

10.1 You are solely responsible for the entry of your photo and you agree to hold Metro harmless from any third-party claims that are a result of your entry. By submitting your photo, you warrant that the entry does not infringe any rights of any third party and that the entry is not in breach of applicable laws and regulations. A self-moderation mechanism is in place whereby visitors can flag up inappropriate or offensive content. Thus, it is important that you make sure that your entry is your creation and that it does not include works of any third party or violate applicable law.

10.2 Metro is entitled to, at its sole discretion and at any time, remove submitted photos and other content of the Challenge websites that it suspects are in breach of these terms and conditions or which otherwise are offensive, illegal, infringing or inappropriate.

10.3 In the event that Metro detects any anomaly or suspects that a participant is preventing the normal development of the Challenge, for example, by illegally altering his or her photo, by means of any technical or computer procedure, Metro reserves the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to disqualify the entry and/or the participant from the Metro Photo Challenge 2016. In this regard, it is important to add that Metro has enabled the necessary technological support to detect any possible anomalous or fraudulent action and performance that tries to alter participation in the Challenge with the aim of achieving a prize through illicit means.

11. Miscellaneous

11.1 You may at any time, before the Challenge is finished and the local winners are announced, request (in writing) that Metro removes your entry from the Metro Photo Challenge 2016. Contact Metro via e-mail at or use the “Delete” button on to remove a specific entry.

11.2 You may not transfer your entry or your rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions to anyone else.

11.3 Metro reserves the right to, at its sole discretion; modify these terms and conditions at any time. Please check these terms and conditions regularly for changes.

11.4 Metro further reserves the right to, at its sole discretion, cancel the Challenge before the closing date hereof. Reasons for cancellation may, for example, include changed technical conditions, the occurrence of a force majeure event, changes in local law or a legal challenge to Metro from a third party. Should Metro cancel the Challenge, all participants will be informed without delay.

12. Limitation of liability

12.1 In no event will Metro or its Metro Photo Challenge partners be held liable to you for any lost profits, indirect or consequential damages arising, for example, in connection with your photography or use of the Global Grand prize, or out of technical errors that may occur during the course of the Challenge or any another attributable circumstance that may affect the development of and your participation in the Challenge, including but not limited to website downtime, lost or stolen entries or the inability to process entries, viruses, any software or hardware errors or damages.

13. Governing law

13.1 The Metro Photo Challenge 2016 is governed by the laws of Chile. Any dispute shall be finally settled in Chilean courts.

14. Contact

14.1 We can be reached at Metro International S.A., Avenue 2-4 Marie-Therese, PO Box 285, L2012 Luxembourg,


1. General

1.1 This privacy policy (the “Policy”) sets out how Metro uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website. By using the website and/or entering the Challenge, you accept this Policy. Metro is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. You can be assured that any information we ask you to provide and by which you can be identified will only be used in accordance with this Policy.

1.2 Metro may change this Policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page regularly to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

2. Data controller

Metro International S.A

Reg. nr: B73790

Address: Avenue 2-4 Marie-Therese, PO Box 285, L-2012 Luxembourg


3. Your consent

By providing us with your personal information, you consent to the processing and transfer of information as set out in this Policy.

4. What personal information does Metro collect on this website?

Metro will collect your first name, surname, age and e-mail address. We may also require your address. You cannot take part in the Challenge without submitting this data.

5. What we do with the information we gather

5.1 The personal data collected on this website will be used to contact you if one of your photos wins a prize. Metro and its affiliates will not use your personal information for purposes other than marketing activities related to Metro Photo Challenge 2015 without obtaining your explicit prior consent. Metro may publish your submitted photos, your name, age and the city in which you reside for any and all promotional activities related to the Challenge.

5.2 We may also use your e-mail address to send promotional e-mails and information that we think you may find interesting. By submitting your e-mail to us, you specifically agree to receiving such e-mails, but you may at any time object to any use of your personal information for such marketing purposes by following the unsubscribe link in the e-mails we send.

6. Will Metro disclose the information it collects to third parties?

We do not sell or assign any of your personal information to any third parties. Personal information may occasionally be transferred for further processing to third parties who act for us, in accordance with the purposes for which the information was originally collected, for purposes to which you have consented or otherwise in accordance with this Policy, for example in order to support our information technology or to handle mailings on our behalf.

7. Third-country transfer

The information that we collect from you may be transferred to a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) for the purposes set out above. By submitting your personal information to us you specifically agree to such a transfer.

8. Why does Metro use “cookies”?

8.1 “Cookies” are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. They make it possible for Metro to identify registered users without needing to ask for registration details every time you vote for an entry or every time you access the site. The website uses cookies to make the user experience easier and speed up some processes.

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9. Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

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The website may contain links to other websites or services of interest. However, you should note that once you leave the website via these links, we do not have any control over that other website or service. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide whilst visiting such sites or services, and such sites and services are not governed by this privacy policy. You should exercise caution and review the privacy statement applicable to the website or service in question.

11. Controlling your personal information

11.1 Once per annum, you are entitled to request, free of charge, details of the personal information about you that is processed by us. Such a request must be made to us in writing and be signed by you.

11.2 Further, you may demand that we and we will, rectify, block or delete any inaccurate personal information.

12. Contact information

We can be reached at Metro International S.A., Avenue 2-4 Marie-Therese, PO Box 285, L-2012 Luxembourg,

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