What we are looking for
We are looking for a pair of photos: one that shows crisis or hardship, another that shows hope or opportunity. Each photo must also include a caption that tells about the image. We invite you to be as imaginative as you wish! The photos you see in our winners’ gallery for Round One are terrific, but do not feel that you need to mimic them. It’s not required, for example, that a photo include people (though that’s fine if it does). The image can be “manipulated” or a collage (though it’s fine if it is a straight shot). The goal is to produce two strong images that make a striking pair—that reflect a real contrast. SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS.
Please remember: Photos must be shot at the highest resolution possible (300 dpi).
Who can participate
This contest is open to all young people—anywhere in the world—between the ages of 12 and 19. Photos must be taken and submitted by the same person. (Teachers are welcome to help younger photographers transmit their work.)
Exhibition of winning photos
The best photo pairs will be displayed on the Adobe Youth Voices gallery at adobe.com and on the WKCD website. They will also become part of a traveling exhibit and a book, reaching an international audience of those who care about youth voice and expression and who believe in the power of youth as forces for social justice.
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2009. A panel of five judges will determine the winners. The panel’s decisions will be announced by November 30, 2009.
Important information about photos
All submissions should illustrate the work of young people, ages 12 to 19. Submissions can be straight photographs, enhanced with photo editing software, or manipulated (like the photos above).
Photos should be submitted in a pair—one showing crisis, the other showing hope. Photos should be a minimum approximate size of 1.2MB when saved or shot as a maximum quality (300 dpi) JPEG file, or approximately 5MB in size when saved as a Photoshop (PSD) or Tiff (TIF) file—be sure to set the camera to the highest possible resolution setting. (Photos taken with a cell phone or at a low resolution may look okay on a computer screen but they are inadequate when printed.)
Photos must be accompanied by:
- Photographer’s name
- Photographer’s age
- Location (city, state, country)
- A brief description of each image, file name, or number (so we can distinguishwhich photo is which)
- Date image was shot or completed (month and year)
- Size of image (in MB)
- A title for each image
- A caption for each image (see below for more info)
- Signed waiver—scan and attach to e-mail (email@example.com), fax to +1.401.245.6428, or mail to WKCD, PO Box 603252, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, USA
Important information about captions
Captions should be approximately 100 words in length. Complete captions include the following information:
In the case of straight (documentary) photos:
- Tell where the photo was taken.
- Tell what is happening in the photo, with as much detail as you can.
- If the photo includes identifiable people and you have permission to use their name, tell us their name and a few words about them.
- Tell what inspired you to create the photo.
- Tell the message or idea you are trying to capture.
If your English is limited, we encourage you to find someone who can help you put your words into English. We do not want language to be a barrier. If you are having translation problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help.
There are laws that protect the privacy of photo subjects. If the person(s) photographed are not easily identifiable—whether they are taken in a public or private setting—you do not need their permission to use their image. When the photo is taken in public, even when the person is identifiable, you generally do not need their permission. However, if the photo is taken in a private place and the person(s) are identifiable, you will need them to sign a “subject release.” Click here for a subject release form. Unfortunately, we cannot consider photographs that lack a signed subject release, when required. We will ask you for the signed release if the photo is chosen for exhibition.