Open Call for Photos! Together in the Distance: Building New Solidarities in a Changing World


Together we celebrate the amazing courage and commitment of those amongst us who made a contribution for the greater good! The EU Delegation in Strasbourg and its partners are launching an open call for photos and testimonials to illustrate the stories of individuals who faced the crisis and set an example of solidarity in such difficult times. Join forces with us and send us your proposal by the 31st of May 2021! The selected photos will be featured in a virtual exhibition and in a dedicated photobook and postcards collection.

It’s been a year since the first COVID-19 lockdowns were imposed all across Europe and many other parts of the world. And while this period has been marked by unparalleled suffering, uncertainty and loss, it has also revealed new expressions of kindness, courage and generosity.

Are you among the thousands out there with a story to share about an act of solidarity you carried out in these difficult times? If so, send us your picture and testimonial and we will spread the word! Or are you just one of the many people across the world who want to say thank you to those who set an example of courage and solidarity during the last 12 months? Then let’s say thank you together by showing the world who these outstanding people are.

The EU Delegation to the Council of Europe together with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe are launching a public campaign to celebrate the resilience of societies across Europe and beyond and pay tribute to those who demonstrated solidarity with their own kind in the face of the crisis.

A jury will select 25 to 30 photos based on criteria such as artistic quality, the power of the story behind the image and equitable geographic representation. The selected photos and stories will be featured in a virtual webpage exhibition in the autumn. A physical showcasing could also be organised depending on the development of the sanitary situation. This work will also be included in a dedicated photobook and a collection of postcards with the stories at the back, which we will make available in both printed and digital form and feature extensively in our social media platforms. The selected participants will be mailed a hard copy of the photobook featuring their work.

Get involved! Share an example of #SolidAction with us!

Fill in the Google form and upload your contribution via one of the following links (a Google account is normally required):

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Photographs should be high resolution (.jpg or .png) and should not exceed 10MB in size. Any layout is permitted (vertical, horizontal, square). The choice and concept of the photograph is left entirely open: participants can choose to feature themselves and/or a different person, or can opt for capturing anything they consider representative of an act of solidarity. Contributions should be limited to maximum two photographs per participant. Each photograph should be accompanied by a testimonial/description (250 characters maximum) and a suitable title. There are no nationality-related eligibility constraints: anyone from across the world is welcome to participate!

At the bottom of this page you will also find a Consent Form whereby you authorise us to use and disseminate on our public channels the content you uploaded and related personal data. You should fill in, sign and upload this form along with your photo contribution and your personal details in the Google form. Please make sure you also read the Privacy Statement at the bottom of this page.

For participants who do not own a Google account, you can fill in the two forms at the bottom of this page (the one on personal details and the Consent Form), and send them together with your contribution by email at

The deadline for submitting your proposal is the 31st of May 2021.

For any questions you may have, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Let's get #TogetherInTheDistance! Looking forward to receiving your work!