Photo contest gives photographers a chance to explore youth violence and community peace

A community project that is raising awareness of youth violence and peace has launched a photo contest to seek unique perspectives on what makes a peaceful community.  The Picturing Peace Summer Photo Contest is now open and accepting entries. Entrants are asked to submit their original photo on the themes of Picturing Peace, reflected in the questions below:

The contest is free to enter and open to people of all ages.  Winning photos will be featured on the project website, incorporated in Picturing Peace exhibits touring local libraries in fall 2012, and selections may be installed on utility boxes as public art in downtown Minneapolis. The contest ends Aug. 10, 2012 and entries are accepted online at the project website or via mail.   Winners will receive a recognition certificate from the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District to be presented at the Summer 612: Unlearning the Culture of Violence event on Sept. 22, 2012 at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Picturing Peace is a community engagement and photography project that explores youth violence, peace, safety and community supports for young people.  The project raises awareness about youth violence, while also generating a buzz on positive activities which promote peaceful, safe and thriving societies. . More than a dozen teens have participated in the project thus far, documenting their reflections and hopes for peace and safety in their communities.  The resulting collection of photographs is on display on a dozen utility boxes in downtown and touring Minneapolis libraries through Nov. 2012.

For more information about how to enter the contest and project, please visit the Picturing Peace website.

Published Jul. 3, 2012