The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA) provides a juried competitions for professionals and amateur photographers from around the world to compete in the WPGA Annual Award for the WPGA Photographer of the Year Award and the Humanitarian Documentary Grant, provided by WonderPick Gallery. In addition to conducting this Annual Award, WPGA hosts other juried competitions such as The Jacob Riis Portfolio Award; The Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers; The Nadar Award for Students, and the Invisible World Documentary Portfolio Grant; as well as other thematic contests that offer artists similar opportunities for awards and recognition.
WPGA hosts the above mentioned Awards to honor talented photographers and as a means of establishing and maintaining a continuing effort to help them further their careers. WPGA recognizes artists’ talent through competitions juried by industry leaders, exposing their work in the media, publishing their work, hosting collective exhibitions, and by exhibiting their work to an extensive international audience through WonderPick Gallery, an art portal where selected artworks can be viewed online and purchased (to be launched shortly).
WPGA members receive important savings in the entry fees as well as other benefits including posting members' own news in this website and in WPGA's newsletter.
Since the early times of photography – in the days of Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Jacob Riis, Ernest J. Bellocq, and many others – the media has been a witness to life in moments of joy and drama.
WPGA believes that its competitions cannot avoid recognizing photography’s history. As such, WPGA strongly feels it has a social responsibility to the most needy throughout world. To help in fulfilling its social responsibility, WPGA has chosen the nongovernmental organization Save the Children as beneficiary of ten percent of the proceeds from the contest revenues.
Photography has provided a window to the otherwise invisible events outside the reach of the “civilized” world. Photography has exposed the crude realities and tragedies of the most needy and malnutrition, their unsafe living conditions, lack of educational opportunities, and much more. The Humanitarian Documentary Grant award acknowledges the significant contribution of photography to humanitarian efforts and highlights WPGA’s philanthropic mission.
1919 in the aftermath of World War I, the Save the Children Fund was established in
England, by activist Eglantyne Jebb, initially providing aid to young survivors in war-ravaged
Vienna. Today, Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need around the world. It is an
Alliance that comprises 27 national Save the Children organizations working in more than 120 countries to ensure the well-being of children.