About the #MySocialEurope competition

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion invites you to participate in the #MySocialEurope contest, a photo competition about social Europe for young people (18-30) from 27 EU Member States.

The topic of the competition is "How should the future of social Europe look like". The 15 best pictures will be exhibited in the Young Citizens’ Dialogue event in Sibiu that is taking place on 8 May 2019. The three main winners will travel to Sibiu where their photo will be exhibited and where they will receive their prize – an InterRail ticket.  The 12 remaining winners will receive a Fujifilm instax camera. There are 35 smaller prizes for the remaining best photos.

All you have to do is take a picture showing how you perceive social Europe should look like in the future and your hopes for it. Get inspired by the European Pillar of Social Rights and start snapping! By participating in the contest entrants, you agree to the following rules:

About the photograph's content

Your photographs should be a photo of your idea or perception on the future of social Europe. You can photograph about any social topic in Europe; get inspired by the European Pillar of Social Rights! Photos that are not relevant to the topic will not be taken into account.


The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 and 30 (by 7 May 2019) living in the EU (legal resident in one of the 27 participating EU countries) and willing to express their views about their social Europe and reflect on pressing social issues. The photos must be taken in one of the 27 participating countries.


Entries must be your own original work. Up to 3 submissions per person are allowed; all entries must be submitted via the contest landing page (Woobox: https://woobox.com/5u6qdd). Entries that are offensive, defamatory or obscene, or that disclose unnecessary personal information will be rejected from the competition.

Closing date

Entries may be submitted at any time during the period 4th February 2019 until 4rd March 2019 (midnight CET).


Photos can be edited and filters applied using tools built into the social network and/or smartphone app. Photos shot using various methods (i.e. long exposure, stacking) and camera built-in effects are accepted. However, extensive editing such as special effects, computer-generated images and other heavy modifications should be avoided.


All entries must be an original work and the participant must either be the sole owner or the transferee of the copyright. By entering the competition, participants retain full copyright of their images. However, participants also agree to be bound by Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) legal terms. Participants also grant the European Commission the right to publish (online and offline) and exhibit uploaded photographs. Participants should retain the original digital file/negative of their entry as they may be asked to prove ownership of the work, as well as providing the promoter with the entry in the highest possible resolution. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to supply supplementary information, including but not restricted to, consent from any individuals that appear in the entry and proof of ownership of the material submitted.

Entrants will be asked to send in their original picture (high resolution for printing), if they are selected as winners at a later stage. Winning entrants will also be contacted to provide the necessary permission forms to follow the Commission’s guidelines on the use and publication of photos as of March 2019.


All entries are checked to make sure that they comply with the competition rules before being accepted. Once they have been approved they will be added to the competition website.


The three main winners will have the chance to attend the Young Citizens’ Dialogue event in Sibiu on the 8 May 2019 where they will have the opportunity to meet young people from all over Europe and discuss the future of Europe with them.

The main prize for the three winners is an InterRail ticket for one person to discover Europe and an accommodation voucher to help with the costs. The 15 best photos will also be displayed at the Young Citizens’ Dialogue event in Sibiu. There are also 12 medium prizes (Fujifilm instax camera and case and a pack of instax films) for the photographers whose photos will make it to the exhibition but are not among the three main winners and 35 small prizes (Bluetooth portable stereo speaker) and to be won. Prizes can under no circumstances be substituted or redeemed in cash.

If you are among the three winners of the competition, you will be required to send at least 5 photos from your travels during the InterRail to DG EMPL.

Travel documentation

All paperwork related to travel for the main prize winners is the responsibility of the participants.

Selection of winners

Pictures will be reviewed by a jury who will select the winning entries (15 pictures, of which there will be 3 main winners; and 35 smaller prizes).

The jury will be made up of 1 young photography student or young teacher from a photography or art institution in Romania, 1 voice from the Commission and 1 representative of the European Youth Forum. The jury will decide based on the relevance of the photos for the topic “the future of Social Europe”, the creativity and quality of the photos submitted.

Only the winners will be contacted and only the 15 winning entries will be displayed at the exhibition. The winners will be asked to provide proof of identity. The organiser’s decision regarding the selection of the winners is final and irrevocable.


Please compete fairly and respect your fellow participants. Any participant reasonably suspected of cheating, will be disqualified from the competition and their entries rejected. No correspondence will be entered into on this matter.


Under no circumstances can the organisers be held liable for any accident, costs, direct or indirect damage which might occur as a result of participation in this contest. Similarly, the organisers cannot be held responsible for any theft, loss, delay or damage during the transmission of the spot prizes nor can they be held liable for any incident that may occur during the trip (for the three main winners), for example theft, injury, etc. Finally, the organisers can under no circumstances be held liable for the cancellation, postponement or modification of the competition due to unforeseen circumstances. In addition, the dates mentioned in the competition rules may vary due to organisational reasons or unforeseen circumstances.

Acceptance of Competition Rules 

By entering the competition, the participants agree to be bound by the Competition Rules, including assurances on the copyright of entries. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification. This campaign and the present rules are governed by Belgian law and under the jurisdiction of the Brussels Courts, as the legal headquarters of European Commission are located in Brussels, Belgium. If there are discrepancies between the translated versions of the rules and English version, the English version will prevail. In case of a controversial interpretation and/or application of the different versions, the English version will prevail.

Data protection and privacy

This campaign is being organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, under the responsibility of the Head of the Unit “Communication", acting as data controller.

As this campaign collects and further processes personal data, Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC, is applicable.

3.1. What personal information do we collect and through which technical means?

Personal data and their purpose

The personal data collected and further processed are data necessary for the participation in campaign, such as name, surname, country of residence, email address.

The processing operations on personal data linked to the organisation and management of this campaign are necessary for the management and functioning of the Commission, as mandated by the Treaties, and more specifically articles 5, 7 and 211 - 219 of the EC Treaty.

3.2 Who has access to your information and to whom is it disclosed?

The access to all personal data as well as all information collected in the context of this campaign is only granted through UserId/Password to a defined population of users, without prejudice to a possible transmission to the bodies in charge of a monitoring or inspection task in accordance with Community legislation. These users typically are members of the Unit organising the campaign inside DG EMPL, and DG EMPL’s subcontractor Ecorys, acting as processor.

No personal data is transmitted to parties that are outside the recipients and the legal framework mentioned.

The European Commission will not share personal data with third parties for direct marketing.

3.3. How do we protect and safeguard your information?

Your entries are recorded in a secured and protected database hosted by the Data Centre of the European Commission, the operations of which abide by the Commission's security decisions and provisions established by the Security Directorate for this kind of servers and services. The database is not accessible from outside the Commission. Inside the Commission the database can be accessed using a UserId/Password.

3.4. How can you verify, modify or delete your information?

In case you want to verify which personal data is stored on your behalf by the responsible controller, have it modified respectively corrected or deleted, please contact the Controller by using the Contact Information below and by explicitly specifying your request.

3.5. How long do we keep your data?

Your personal data will remain in the database until the winners have been announced and all proceedings are finalised will then be deleted.

3.6. Contact information

In case you wish to verify which personal data is stored on your behalf by the responsible controller, have it modified, corrected, or deleted, or if you have questions regarding the competition, or concerning any information processed in the context of this contest, or on your rights, feel free to contact us using the following contact information:

European Commission

DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Communication Unit – Digital Communication Team