MIFA Exhibition in Moscow

A note from MIFA founder regarding COVID-19

March 26, 2020

In order to support and honour the outstanding work of both professional and amateur photographers around the world during the COVID-19 crisis, MIFA will match ALL cash prizes that are awarded this year with an equal cash donation to the charity of the winning photographer’s choice in their community.



In this unprecedented time in our lives, when we are all facing extraordinary challenges and uncertainties, I wanted to write you a personal message to express my heartfelt commitment that however the future unfolds, we will continue to support the photographic community in every way we can. 

As we try to process all that is happening and adjust to our new reality as it develops, we also try to make sense of all the news and information that is being broadcast to us. It can be confusing and worrying to say the least. And that is why photography is more important right now than ever before, telling the uncensored truth about what’s going on in the world, reminding us that we’re all one family, and showing us the wonders of our beautiful world while we can no longer travel to see it for ourselves.

Your camera is our window. We need you to keep sharing your visions with us.

Our priority is to support and honour the outstanding work of both professional and amateur photographers around the world. One practical way that we want to do this is by matching ALL cash prizes that are awarded this year with an equal cash donation to the charity of the winning photographer’s choice in their community. So, if you win a $1,000 cash prize, we’ll donate an additional $1,000 to any charity—or charities—you choose in your city or country.

These are exceptional times, but I believe that we will come through them stronger than ever and more united in our humanity. And we’ll keep getting your great images out there for the world to see, as long as you keep sharing them with us.

Take care, stay safe, and keep shooting!

Hossein Farmani

President and Founder,

Farmani Group