In January 2017, the President of the United States signed an executive order that would attempt to bar people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Five months after President Trump signed the initial order, the Supreme Court voted to allow a limited version of the order to take effect and could only ban refugees and travelers who do not have a bona fide relationship to a person in the U.S.

The 3K Project is Lucie Foundation’s response to this order with the intention of showing the similarities of daily life in these affected countries alongside the lives of average American, while also embracing the unique cultural differences.

We are inviting photographers, professional and amateur, from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and the U.S. to document their daily lives within a 3km (1.86 mile) radius of their home and to submit ten photographs for the curators’ consideration. 

This exhibition will travel within the eight counties with the hope to bridge the gap and gain a better understanding of our collective, daily lives.


Submit a series of 10 photographs before December 15, 2017.


The 3K Project raises questions about freedom and identity and the ability photography has to change people’s perceptions. This creative activism also draws attention to the commonalities people from Los Angeles and Mogadishu may share. Despite the 15,000 kilometers that separate them, individuals face the same challenges for a better life for themselves and for their children.  The goal of this 3km perimeter is to reveal the daily reality of photographers living in these affected parts of the world. The way they take breakfast, where they sleep, how they bring their children to school or how they spend their day – aspects of a routine we can all relate to and thus empathize with. It also aims at deconstructing stereotypes and misconceptions often spread by mass media. “The other” may not be so different than us after all.

At the next stage, the traveling exhibition of the 3K Project will be showcased in printed format and will also be projected in public space /streets as a way to reach and interact with a broad public.

The 3K Project encourages the networks of civil society, personal involvement, and the courage to raise one’s own voice through photography to bridge different communities together based on the values of freedom of expression and respect. In view of the numerous areas of conflict in the world, this photography initiative yields a sense of fraternity beyond borders and is exemplary of never giving up hope for peace.

Winning and shortlisted photographers will be included in a global press campaign, featured across the Lucie Foundation website and exhibited at cultural organizations and festivals across the Middle East and USA (including PhotoNola and Prospect New Orleans, and the 10th Anniversary Edition of  MOPLA – Month of Photography of Los Angeles).

One artist will be selected to receive a grant of $1000 for the strongest photo series!


The 3K Project is free and open to all photographers living in the USA, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. You do not need to be a professional photographer or shoot on a professional camera to participate in the 3K Project! 


Photographers can submit up to 10 images representing the different aspects of daily life within a 3km perimeter.

We are looking for strong storytelling images with good composition, creativity, and clarity.

The project is curated by Hossein Farmani, an international gallerist, curator, philanthropist and founder of the Lucie Awards among other awards, and Aline Deschamps, a photographer and cultural project manager.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2017

Copyright and Usage Rights

The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of photos entered into the competition. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by The 3K Project shall carry the photographer’s credit line.

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