The theme of Four Freedoms Park’s fourth annual photo contest, “Capture Your Freedom,” is the “Four Freedoms,” in celebration of FDR’s pivotal 1941 address. 

Photographers are encouraged to explore the meaning and legacy of these freedoms – freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – and how they relate to our lives today, answering such questions as: How do we achieve freedom? What does it mean to be free? How do defend freedom today? 

Photographers can submit photographs to one of the following categories: 

  • Freedom of Speech & Expression
  • Freedom of Worship
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom from Fear

The contest will run from February 8, 2018 - March 28, 2018. Following the submissions period, a jury of esteemed photographers and human rights advocates will select photographs in each category that will be displayed at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park for an onsite outdoor exhibit throughout the summer. One winner in each Capture Your Freedom photo contest category will receive a $500 gift certificate to FUJIFILM's Wonder Photo Shop in New York City. 

All eligible submissions will be featured in a digital exhibition on our website. 

Terms & Conditions are available here

Presented by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy in partnership with United Photo Industries. This photo contest is generously supported by FUJIFILM North American Corporation.

meet our judges

PENNY ABEYWARDENA, Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office for International Affairs leads the City's global platform for promoting its goals for a more just society, showcasing the diversity of New Yorkers and sharing policies and best practices with the world. Her agency serves the largest diplomatic corps in the world, including strategic partnerships and programming reaffirming NYC’s local leadership on global issues.

From 2009-2014, Penny was the Director of Girls and Women Integration at the Clinton Global Initiative, where she led the program's evolution into one of CGI's most successful efforts.

Penny is a French-American Foundation Young Leader (2017) and a WEF Young Global Leader (2016).

YVETTE ALBERDINGK THIJM, Executive Director of Witness, is a human rights activist who makes it possible for people to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. She envisions a world where anyone can participate in creating human rights change and leads a global network of activists at WITNESS to work alongside marginalized communities to support the safe, effective, and ethical uses of media and technology to fight for equality and justice. Yvette believes that the truth is a powerful tool to expose wrongs, challenge abusive powers, address injustice, and mobilize for social change.

Before joining WITNESS, Yvette served on the WITNESS board, has worked globally in tech start-ups including JOOST by the founders of Skype, and in established companies in media, content and new technologies including MTV Networks. 

She is a trustee of Foundation Center, a board member for and Civic Hall Labs, and an Advisory Board member for She is a co-initiator of a new project that promotes Sustainable Human Rights Practice.

NATHALIE APPLEWHITE is the managing director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to promoting in-depth engagement with global affairs through its support of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education. She joined the Pulitzer Center in 2006, shortly after its founding, and has played a key role in the development of the Center's model and approach towards journalism initiatives, multimedia development and educational outreach. And she was the managing producer on a number of the Center’s interactive projects, including the Emmy award-winning LiveHopeLove.

Before joining the Center, Nathalie worked nationally and internationally on documentaries, educational, political and commercial productions as a producer, director, and editor. She also worked as a consultant for the Executive Office of the Secretary General at the UN and as a project manager and media specialist for the University of Pennsylvania. Nathalie's film Picture Me an Enemy(2002), about two young women from the former Yugoslavia, was screened nationally and internationally in film festivals and universities and won the Best Documentary Award in the Philadelphia Film Festival's Festival of Independents. Nathalie holds a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where she concentrated in International Security Policy with a regional concentration in the Middle East. While pursuing her degree, she served as a delegate on the Center for International Conflict Resolution's US-Syria Citizen’s Exchange program. Nathalie received a BA in Visual Anthropology from Temple University, and completed international programs in France, Latin America, and Japan.

GEOFFREY BERLINER is co-developer and the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. A native New Yorker who was introduced to photography at an early age, his father was an artist, photographer and a public school teacher in New York City. His grandfather graduated from Cooper Union and went on to work for the New York Times as a photographer. After leaving Harvard University with a Masters degree in religion, Geoffrey left academia to start his own business. After several years, the call of photography and especially large format and alternative photographic processes urged greater involvement in these practices. 

EMMA RAYNES is the Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation where she supports independent photographers to cover under-reported stories and imagine innovative means for distribution and engagement. She is also a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography in NYC. Emma holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research and received a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

MAGGIE SOLADAY is photography editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York, working on human rights issues around the world.  She curates weekly take-overs of the @opensocietyfoundations Instagram account and is always looking for photography projects that explore global human rights and equality issues in new and accessible ways. Prior to Open Society, she was an editorial photography editor at various legal news and lifestyle magazines.  She comes to photo editing after years as a photo producer and photographer.