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Youmanity is a registered charity founded in London in June 2008, designed to celebrate multiculturalism, support social integration and promote human rights. It does this by delivering a number of cultural projects every year, including an annual photography award.[1] Previous awards explored themes such as human trafficking,[2] social identity,[3] freedom of expression,[4] gender discrimination.[5] To date, Youmanity has received the patronage of the Imperial War Museum,[6] Amnesty International,[7] the British Council, the European Commission, the International Organisation for Migration.[8]


The Youmanity Award is an annual photography competition centered around the concept of Cultural Diversity. It features a changing theme, a gold medal and £1,000 prize.[9] In 2019 the theme was Friend-Ship[10] and Debdatta Chakraborty was the winner for his shot on Sheroes Hangout café.[11] and in 2020 it was ‘Friend-Ship (2) During Challenging Times’ and the prize money was reduced to £500.[12] Due to the coronavirus, in 2020 the competition was conducted on Zoom and screenshots rather than photos were used.

The competition was first held in 2010.[13]

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  1. ^ "RPS announces Youmanity's Award winners". 25 June 2017.
  2. ^ "News Report on Youmanity's Human Trafficking Awareness Project". 6 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Home, my Place in the World, an exhibition about Social Identity". Time Out. 17 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Freedom to Love, Youmanity award winners". D-Photo. 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ "The Everyday Heroine". the Royal Photographic Society. 16 March 2017.
  6. ^ Annual Research Report (Report). Imperial War Museum. 2014.
  7. ^ "Migration, Stories of a Journey, an exhibition in partnership with Amnesty International". 20 December 2011. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Migration, Stories of a Journey as featured by IOM". 3 January 2012.
  9. ^ "£1,000 cash prize in Youmanity's Annual Photography competition 2019 • مرجع | MARJ3". مرجع | MARJ3. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  10. ^ "Friend-Ship Photography Award 2019 - Youmanity". Pixcontests – Photo Contests of the World. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  11. ^ release, PAPYRUS-Press; Care, Self (2019-11-08). "2019 Youmanity Photography Award". Papyrus UK | Suicide Prevention Charity. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  12. ^ "Awards | Youmanity". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  13. ^ "2010 Photography Award - The Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity". Retrieved 2020-12-02.

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