Photo Challenge 2022: Freedom of Expression

2022 Photo Challenge: Freedom of expression

Art photografy of a gas mask
A collage of four pictures representing freedom of speech

Get your phone out and express yourself! We have launched the 2022 Photo Challenge to get a glimpse of the topics engaging our Ignitor students. We encourage all students on the platform to make a submission and show us what freedom of speech means to you. Read the instructions further down to join the challenge.

Friday 8 October, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. Press freedom internationally is under great pressure. The importance of an independent press and courageous journalists who dare to disclose important information to the public becomes especially evident in times of crisis. 

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize exhibition shows two new documentary photography series taken in Moscow and Manila on commission from the Nobel Peace Center. In the Peace Prize Exhibition, the public can meet, learn about and be inspired by the Peace Prize laureates throughout the year.

Head shot of photographer Nanna Heitman
Head shot of photographer Hannah Reyes Morales

Through this new Photo Challenge, we ask you to step into the shoes of the two inspiring photographers Nanna Heitmann and Hannah Reyes Morales who visualised this years Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition. In doing so we ask you to reflect upon the importance of freedom of expression, truth and their link to peace in terms of a visual contribution.

My role as a photographer is to humanize data, to humanize facts (...)

Hannah Reyes Morales

Win an invitation to the conference about the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in September 2022

The winner of the Photo Challenge will be rewarded with an invitation to Oslo for the conference about the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in September 2022. The photo that is selected as the winner will also be featured on the Ignitor platform through the announcement and in other contexts. Second and third place will receive a thorough review of their submission by our committee consisting of photography professionals.

To enroll, read the Challenge closely and follow the instructions.

The Challenge

What does freedom of expression mean to you? Take a photo related to freedom of expression that you believe should get the world’s attention. This can be in your own country, community, or environment, whichever stage you see fit. You are free to show new and unknown aspects of freedom of expression, or your own personal interpretation of what freedom of expression means to you.  

Genre: Visual storytelling

A good photo will try to capture or highlight a moment in time. A photo can start conversations, influence policy-makers and have an impact far beyond this Challenge. It shall aspire to delight the audience with great creativity and originality, and to open a window into a world we might not otherwise see.

Standing up for a cause is often synonymous with one-sided criticism. Through this Challenge and the Ignitor Fellowship, we want to encourage dialogue as a more meaningful path to change. In a good dialogue, understanding precedes position. We are looking for common ground, and we strive to create a shared meaning. This Challenge aims at starting those good conversations.


  • Explore the digital Peace Prize Exhibition of 2022. To fulfill this requirement you must take a quiz about the exhibition, and attain a minimum score of 4/5. 
There are no requirements related to the equipment you use to take your photo. It is rather the substance of the photo our jury will evaluate. We do not differentiate between submissions taken with smartphones or professional cameras.



Take your photo, and share it with us before the deadline of 15 May 2022. You are only allowed to submit one photo. 


Submit your photo through the group below. Fill in all sections, and write a creative and descriptive title of your photo. You may also write a short description to the photo if you deem it necessary, but this is optional. You can get straight to the group by clicking below! By participating in the challenge you agree to our Terms and Conditions.


Make sure you fulfill the requirements to participate. 

1) Explore the digital Peace Prize Exhibition. Further, you must finish the quiz below and attain a minimum score of 4/5 to confirm that you have looked through the exhibition.


After the deadline, a committee will review the top 50 submissions for the Challenge, and will pick out the best photos. The winner of the Challenge will be announced soon after the deadline, in a news post that will show up on your activity feed page. They will also be contacted directly via email.  


The Ignitor community will play a part in which photos the committee will review. Members of the community can like the photos they like the best within the dialogue community for the challenge. Each member has an infinite amount of likes, but can only like each photo once. The 50 submissions with the most votes will get to be reviewed for the challenge. 


  • Your submission must be original,  taken by you, and not published elsewhere.
  • Do your research on visual storytelling. We are interested in your stories through photography.

In the meantime, we will occasionally upload selected photos to the  Dialogue community that is related to this Challenge, with the name Photo Challenge: Freedom of Expression. You can also discuss the Challenge in the same Dialogue community, as well as ask questions.

Regardless of whether you win, an effort in this Challenge will get you one step closer to being nominated as an Ignitor Fellow.  For further information about the Ignitor Fellowship, click on the About button at the top menu on this page.

The committee

We are proud to present our jury for the photo challenge. Together they have a variety of skills and different experiences, and we are so proud that they have agreed to review your photo submissions. Take some time to check out the jury members and their work as a source of inspiration! 

Daniel Sannum Lauten
Committee member

Photojournalist Daniel Sannum Lauten (b. 1984), based in Oslo Norway, has been working as photojournalist since the age of 15. He started his career in the local newspaper Romerikes Blad.  Since 2001 Daniel has worked with daily Dagbladet, in Norway’s biggest daily newspaper VG, and today TV 2 Norway. Daniel has also been photojournalist for AFP-Agence France Press in the Nordic Region.  Today Lauten is the editorial director in the photo department of TV 2. He oversees the photo coverage of news, sports and feature stories. 

Nanna Heitman
Committe member

Nanna Heitmann is a German-Russian award-winning documentary photographer who often works with the issue of isolation, be it physical, social or spiritual. She also deals with the very nature of how people react and interact with their environs. In 2021 she portrayed Dmitry Muratov in Novaya Gazeta for the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition. 

Anthony Wallace
Committee member

Anthony Wallace is an award-winning photojournalist based in Seoul, where he is Agence France-Presse’s chief photographer for North and South Korea. Prior to this post, he spent five years as the agency’s chief photographer in Hong Kong. He was an editor at AFP’s Asia-Pacific Photo Desk from 2012 to 2016.

Hannah Reyes
Committee member

Hannah Reyes Morales is a renowned photographer in the Philippines, who has documented the recent “War on Drugs” launched by President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila. For the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition 2021, she portrayed Maria Ressa and has made a photo series about the role of social media in the Philippines.

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