The 2021 Gordon Parks Photo Contest 

by Merl Humphrey Photography Any amature photographer is welcome to enter.

The 2021 photo contest is inspired by Gordon Parks, who started his career in

fashion photography and chose a camera to fight against racism, discrimination, and poverty. The theme of the contest is “Fashion and Diversity” This is open to any amateur photographer. Photographers are invited to capture the essence of the theme.

Non-professional photographers of any age and skill level are invited to take pictures for the project and may enter up to two photos. There will be a first place ($100), second place ($75) and third place ($50) prize and up to five honorable mentions. All photos submitted will be on exhibit during the 17th & 18th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration on Oct. 7 – 9, 2021.


All photos will also be posted on the Gordon Parks Museum website and Museum Facebook page. Photographs must be submitted via e-mail to All photos must be JPEG in format and limit file size to less than 2 MB. All entries will be confirmed via email. Photographers should submit (in their email) a title, along with their name, address, email, and phone number. If under 10 years old please include parent’s information. Photos should be received via email by Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the latest.

Judges for the photo contest will be professional photographer, Veretta Cobler and established make-up artist and hair stylist, Donna Fumoso based in New York City.

For more information email or by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850

2020 Top Three


Protests for peace and social justice in Alexandria, Egypt inspired, Yassa Alaa Mobarak to capture this first place image. The photo captures the first time Egyptian citizens revolted against corruption. 


A "Grand" Family!

Love is the common denominator between two sets of grandparents. Diversity at its finest. The second place photo goes to Karen Cayce (Wichita, KS.) 

Leading the March

Noelle Griffin (Leawood, KS.) took third place with her photo displaying strength and unity of protesters at the Country Club Plaza as they were being maced my police. 

Honorable Mentions

Everyone have same authority and priority

Simplicity, unique styles and combination inspired Mandar Phirke (Mahrahstra, India) to begin his photography journey with his photo being named an honorable mention.  

Searching for Justice

In addition to her second place photo, Karen Cayce (Wichita, KS.) photographed Latino families peaceful protesting outside of the White House. Cayce was moved to capture a moment people were fighting for what they believed in. 

Still Standing

With a fist in the air a man displays strength as participates in a Black Lives Matter protest on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Noelle Griffin (Leawood, KS.) photographed the final honorable mention image.