Beyond The Doors: A Women’s Web Photo Contest

The Beyond The Doors Photo Contest Wanted is all about capturing the life of women working, playing or just being - beyond the doors.

Wanted: Your creative eye for life beyond the four walls. Submit a photograph that captures women working, playing or just being – beyond the doors.

India’s bustling cities, burgeoning towns, and lively villages are a treasure trove for the avid observer! And women are a big part of this life outside the home too.
Beyond The Doors is a photography contest that is all about capturing the life of women in India outside the four walls.
Beyond The Doors, there are multiple stories out there for anybody keen enough to notice. Let us have your story captured as a photo!

What stories?

Stories and characters are all around us if only we look for them: whether it’s your friend on her phone at a cafe, hawkers calling out their wares in their trademark styles, gutsy chasers of double-decker buses, the traveller checking off her to-do list, the mother feeding her child kulfi, the power-walkers or the beach bum, the park bench or the window seat occupant.

Beyond The Doors is an attempt to put together one humungous digital exhibit of how women in India use, view and own the outdoors.

How to participate

Upload a photograph that captures a moment where women in India are engaging, enjoying, or in some way experiencing the world outside their homes – whether as tourists, working, exercising, playing, wandering, hanging out with friends, or doing anything else!
For this contest, the whole of India is your canvas! Give us a memorable, creative photograph, whether you choose to take it on a street, park, public transport, tourist spot, hiking trail, market or  – you name it!


Prizes courtesy our contest prize sponsors, Better Photography  and goMowgli.
 better-photographyBetter Photography is the leading photography magazine in India for over 17 years now. With a primary audience that includes serious enthusiasts and amateurs, the Better Photography magazine covers a wide variety of content from techniques and equipment reviews and  interviews.
goMowgli is India’s first Hop On Hop Off tour bus for travellers. goMowgli offers a slow and authentic travel experience for travellers seeking to explore India in detail.

The 1st prize winner will receive a one-on-one mentoring session with a senior staff member from Better Photography magazine, a 1 year subscription to the magazine and a 1-day free pass for a tour around Mysore (for 2) courtesy goMowgli

2 second prizes winners will each receive a 1 year subscription to Better Photography magazine and a 1-day free pass for a tour around Mysore (for 2) courtesy goMowgli

5 additional participation prize winners will each receive a cool Women’s Web coffee mug

All prizes applicable within India only


  • Participation is open to anyone above the age of 18, irrespective of gender or location.
  • Your photograph must have been clicked in India, irrespective of where you are currently located
  • 1 photo per participant
  • Photographs can be in colour or B&W, and must not have undergone significant digital manipulation (beyond basic colour/sharpness adjustment)
  • Photos must be submitted as .jpeg or .PNG files
  • All photos submitted for this contest will be available for public display on our FB page, and we may also publish a few short-listed entries on our website,
  • By participating in this contest, you certify that the submitted photograph belongs to you, does not violate any other party’s copyright and that you have at least verbal consent from the person photographed


Contest winners will be decided by a combination of audience voting, and our expert judges, who have graciously agreed to be a part of the panel.
Author, Photographer and Gender Activist, Rita Banerji is the Founder and Director of the 50 Million Missing Campaign, an ongoing campaign to stop sex selective foeticide in India.
K Madhavan Pillai, the Editor of Better Photography, strongly believes that photography is as much a spiritual journey, besides being a creative pursuit. According to him, photography is not just about patience and contemplation… the act of making a photograph is also a labour of love.

Contest Partners

PhotoKatha is a website focused on travel expeditions, daily life, reviews, photography and hospitality.
Prajnya is a non-profit centre for research, public education and networking working on issues related to peace, justice and security.
Women’s Web’s decision on prizes is final, and we also reserve the right to reject entries that do not meet contest guidelines or violate the spirit of the contest in any form.


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