Please Note: Our #EpilepsyDay competition has now closed and the winners have been announced. See the entries and winners in the gallery.

Photography used to be regarded as a hobby, with cameras taken out of their cases to capture special occasions. In recent years taking a photo (or numerous photos) has become part of everyday life. With the invention of the smart phone, photos of friends and family are everyday and numerous. Selfies are at the heart of an immense explosion of photo sharing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and others.

For International Epilepsy Day 2016, we are pleased to announce a photography competition with the theme ‘Yes, I can’, to demonstrate achievement in overcoming obstacles, or achievement despite obstacles. The best photographs will form the International Epilepsy Day exhibition, taking place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg from Monday to Friday, February 1 to 5, 2016.

All entrants will also be placed in a gallery on the International Epilepsy Day website.

International Epilepsy Day Photo Competition


  • Photos should reflect ”the feeling of achievement”
  • Photos must be include the hashtag #epilepsyday in some way (e.g. written or printed on a card or you might think of a far more creative way to include the hashtag)
  • Photos must be submitted by email to
  • Photos should be a minimum of 1MB and preferably 300dpi (in particular for photos taken using regular cameras)
  • Photos may be taken using a regular camera, phone or tablet
  • Entrants must provide their name, address, age (if under 21 years) and email address
  • Each entry must be entirely the original work of the contestant, must have a title (in English) and indicate the location in which it was taken
  • Any person included in a photo must have given their express permission to be photographed and for the photo to be shared
  • By submitting a photograph to IBE the contestant agrees to grant IBE, free of charge, the right to publish the photograph online, in other IBE media, and as part of a photographic exhibition in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (1st – 5th February 2016)
  • Closing deadline for entries is 18th January 2016 and all entries must be submitted electronically
  • The winning entry will be announced on International Epilepsy Day – 8th February 2016
  • Entrants under 16 years of age, must obtain your parent’s or guardian’s permission before entering the competition
  • There is no limit on the number of entries a contestant may submit
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • IBE reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these rules


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