Picturing Peace contest seeks photo entries
Organizers of the Picturing Peace Photo Contest remind photographers of all ages that the deadline to submit photo entries is Friday, Aug. 10. Winning photos depicting visions of a peaceful community will be displayed at local libraries and featured on the project website. Some of the winning photos will also be installed on utility boxes as public art in downtown Minneapolis and displayed in the vacant City Center store front windows at 7th and Nicollet, which is adjacent to one of the busiest bus stops in Minnesota.
The photo contest is part of community project aimed at raising awareness about youth violence. Contest entrants are asked to submit original photos that reflect on these questions:
- What is a community of peace?
- What are the issues confronting you with respect to peace and violence?
- What are the supports in your community that are effective in encouraging peace?
- What can we do to promote community peace?
The contest is free to enter and open to people of all ages. Entries are accepted online at the project website or via U.S. mail. Winners will receive a recognition certificate from the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District at the Summer 612: Unlearning the Culture of Violence event on Sept. 22 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.
This spring, more than a dozen teens documented their reflections and hopes for peace and safety. Their photographs are currently on display on a dozen utility boxes in Downtown and touring Minneapolis libraries through Nov. 2012.
Picturing Peace is coordinated and funded by the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support. The project is part of the Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence.
For more information about the project and the contest, visit the Picturing Peace Website.
Published Jul. 31, 2012