Colors of Life is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Washington, DC, with a mission of combining the evocative power of art with philanthropic efforts, dedicated principally to improving the quality of life and conditions of less-fortunate children. Founded by Amalia Pizzardi in 2006, Colors of Life has evolved from an annual international photo contest that attracts talented artists from around the world to an organization that spotlights the rights and needs of children through the organization of events with its partner and beneficiary organizations, creating opportunities for fundraising activities and providing direct financial support to them. Colors of Life has collaborated with a wide variety of charitable and other non-profit institutions that share its goals.
The initial Colors of Life International Photo Contest took place during 2006/07 and has been held annually since then. It has provided a showcase for top-quality US and international photographers, with exhibitions of finalist photographs held in prestigious venues such as international art and photo fairs, including FotoDC Week, embassies, corporations, museums and international organizations such as the World Bank.