Diversity Island, a photo competition from Under the Rainbow

Diversity Island

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and perhaps the

most dangerous thing for a society to be without’

William Sloane Coffin

In these dark and dreary days of Winter we want to give you the opportunity to explore your creative side! Send us a photo that you feel epitomises the modern, diverse and inclusive country that Ireland has become and that we in Under the Rainbow celebrate.

The DNA of every human is 99.9 % the same. It is that 0.1% that makes us unique. And it is that uniqueness, that diversity, that we want to celebrate in photographs.

Format of the competition

The categories are outlined below and the subject matter can be any aspect of diversity – the only limit is your imagination! Make the photo fabulous and fun, take it on your phone or with a professional DSLR camera, but no photoshopping! We’d just ask you to keep it (mostly) clean and to make people smile in these difficult times. People, pets, nature, intersectionality, architecture, LGBTQ+, science, fashion, kink, humorous, sexual lifestyle and race/culture are just some of the areas we’re thinking of. You can enter from anywhere in the world as long as the subject matter has some connection to Ireland and that you hold an Irish passport or are resident in Ireland.


Professional photographer: €200 (sponsored by Acora Therapy and Inner Voice)

Amateur photographer: €200 (sponsored by anonymous donor)

Student, over 18: €200 (sponsored by CitiBank)

Theme prizes:

LGBTQ+: €150 (sponsored by PRISM, the LGBT+ Employee Network in Permanent TSB)

Sports: €100 (sponsored by Sporting Pride, Ireland’s LGBTQ+ sports organisation)

Spot Prizes from The Abbey Theatre, O’Happy Graze and others

Each of the above categories and themes will have a short list of 5 photos and one winner per category.

Other spot prizes may be awarded to photos of people, pets, nature, architecture, science, fashion, kink, humorous, sexual lifestyle, intersectionality and race/culture – use your imagination!

The winning entries will be featured on our website and social media and possibly elsewhere. Full accreditation will be given to the winning photographer. Under the Rainbow may also use the entries in publicity material not solely related to the competition. See Terms and Conditions for more details.

 How to enter:

An entry form is available from photoadmin@undertherainbow.ie but the basic rules are:

Up to three (3) entries per person, no entry fee. Digital photographs should be in jpeg format only and should be accompanied by a declaration that you are eligible to enter as a Student/Amateur or Professional and that the photograph is your own work. A model release form may also be required for any persons appearing in your photos (available from photoadmin@undertherainbow.ie). See our separate Terms and Conditions for more details.

The entries will be anonymised by the Administrator when they are received and none of the UtR Board, Team or judges will know any of the details of entrants until the final decision is arrived at. However please do send a short message with your name and the title of each photo. Your name will not be associated with the photo during judging.

 All entries to photo@undertherainbow.ie

All queries to the Administrator at photoadmin@undertherainbow.ie

Closing date: 28th February 2021

Results announced: 28th March 2021

See also our Terms and Conditions relating to usage of competition entries

The Judges’ decision is final.


We will have two tiers of judging. The initial selection will be made by the Under the Rainbow Team and Board. The final selection will be made by an independent panel consisting of well-known professional photographer John Murray (http://www.johnmurrayheadshots.com/), Kate Drinane from the National Gallery and Judith Finlay from the National Museum. Full details about out amazing judges on our social media and in a blog soon.

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