UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector and France 2023 are joining forces to celebrate diversity and harness the power of rugby to foster more inclusive societies. In the context of the Rugby and Wheelchair Rugby World Cup 2023 (September-October 2023), UNESCO and France 2023 invite the most creative amateur photographers to join the photo contest, “Celebrating our Differences.”
Aimed at promoting rugby’s core values outside the field, it is a call for everyone to fight against any form of discrimination in and through sport. With racism and inequalities on the rise globally, this contest is an opportunity to illustrate the power of art and sport to raise awareness about this issue, break down stereotypes, and support more inclusive societies. Regardless of age or nationality, all non-professional photographers are welcome to participate and showcase their talents and creativity.

“Sport transforms people and societies by transmitting core values such as solidarity, diversity, and mutual respect. We are delighted to collaborate with France 2023 to launch this photo contest that promotes the benefits of rugby and raises awareness of the fight against all forms of discrimination. Together we work for a more inclusive and peaceful world.”
Gabriela Ramos
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO

Participants are invited to submit photos that showcase at least one of the following themes, with a maximum of one photo per theme and a total of four photos. The themes for the submitted photos are as follows:

  • Rugby for all genders, aiming to highlight diversity and promote gender equality within the sport.
  • Rugby fosters the inclusion of people with disabilities, emphasizing the sport’s ability to create an inclusive environment for individuals with diverse abilities.
  • Rugby to tackle discrimination, focusing on efforts to combat racism and LGBTI-phobia through the sport.

Their differences make them stronger, celebrating the power of physical, social, cultural, and generational differences and their contribution to the rugby community.

These themes provide an opportunity for participants to capture the essence of rugby as a platform for diversity, inclusion, and the fight against discrimination. Participants are encouraged to submit impactful and visually engaging photos that reflect these themes.




  • UNESCO will select a total of 16 winners, distributed in three winners per theme (one winner per category) and one “Coup de cœur Canon” per theme chosen from all the categories.
  • The winners will:
    • Have their photo exhibited at UNESCO Headquarters in the summer of 2023 and in the host cities of the World Cup.
    • The photos will also be published online on the websites and social media platforms of UNESCO and France 2023.
    • Receive one UNESCO photobook, one Canon camera, and one voucher for the France 2023 official store.


Any person willing to highlight the values of rugby can participate, in one of the three following categories:

  • Under 18 years old
  • From 18 to 30 years old
  • Over 30 years old
  • Professional photographers are not allowed to participate in the contest.
Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

  • Submit your entry by filling in the participation form
  • Photos must be sent before 11 June 2023, 11:59 pm GMT +2.
  • UNESCO and France 2023 reserve the right to use the submitted photos and to make modifications.
  • Late submissions will not be considered.
  • Dimensions can either be portrait or landscape.
  • Photos should be high-resolution (minimum 2480 x 3720 – 300 dpi).
  • Photo must be sent in digital format, as a JPEG file, including a RAW file (if applicable).
  • The photos can be in color or black and white.
  • Cropping is allowed without obligation to respect the original ratio.
  • Retouching is allowed in a very moderate way without distorting the scenes or subjects photographed (brightness, contrast, straightening, correction of minor defects, localized retouching).

Application Deadline: June 11, 2023

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

For queries connect through https://www.facebook.com/unesco/ or, https://www.linkedin.com/company/unesco
Disclaimer: Youth Opportunities spreads opportunities for your convenience and ease based on available information, and thus, does not take any responsibility of unintended alternative or inaccurate information. As this is not the official page, we recommend you to visit the official website of opportunity provider for complete information. For organizations, this opportunity is shared with sole purpose of promoting “Access to Information” for all and should not be associated with any other purposes.

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?