Photo Submission Winners for the Paul Ekman Group Picture Compassion photo contest.

#PictureCompassion: What Compassion Looks Like to You!

Moving towards global compassion

September 9, 2014

We’ve asked our community what compassion looks like to join in on our movement for Global Compassion by participating in our #PictureCompassion campaign. After looking through many inspiring photos, we’ve selected our top 5 favorites!

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Grandma    Kiss


A Note from Dr. Paul Ekman:

As our submitted photos show, compassion is the desire to help someone who is suffering or to prevent suffering entirely. I call the impulse to relieve immediate suffering “proximal compassion”. Acting to prevent future suffering I call “distal compassion”. The first, proximal compassion, really engages our emotions, whereas distal compassion relies more heavily upon cognition as we try to forecast dangers to avoid.


Thank you to all who participated. We appreciate your efforts in helping us create global compassion!


Winning Photos

Photo of two girls embracing, Submitted by Edner Baumhardt & Lauren Lacerda Nunes

Photo of homeless man near car, Submitted by Nilasis Sen

Photo of Grandmother, Submitted by Richard Munn

Photo of small girls kissing, Submitted by Adek Tanjung

Photo of T&T’s National Triathlon Championships 2014, Submitted by Shaun Rambaran


To learn more about the Paul Ekman’s work on compassion you can watch his new webisode series “Developing Global Compassion” or read his latest book “Moving Toward Global Compassion“, both featuring his one-on-one conversations with the Dalai Lama.

Paul Ekman is a well-known psychologist and co-discoverer of micro expressions. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2009. He has worked with many government agencies, domestic and abroad. Dr. Ekman has compiled over 50 years of his research to create comprehensive training tools to read the hidden emotions of those around you.

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