April 2020 Instagram Contest
Theme: My Neighborhood: A Three-Photo Essay
Contest: March 28 – April 4; Winners announced April 6.
We’re all living in a new story. Sharing those stories with others is the best way to break through isolation and reclaim a sense of community. This Instagram contest isn’t about a single image. We want to see three photos you’ve taken since March 15 that, as a sequence, give the viewer a peek into what your neighborhood looks and feels like. Any subject matter is welcome but the more personal you make it, the stronger the story will be and the more others will be able to connect to it.
The judge for this contest will be Ed Kashi, an acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography, filmmaking and social media to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, he is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling, human rights and the world of media. Among Ed’s many books is one titled Three in which he displays images in triptychs to pull meaning out of sometimes disparate subject matter. Ed is a visiting workshop instructor and lecturer at DCP.
How to enter:
- Post on Instagram a gallery of exactly 3 photographs that work together to tell a story about your neighborhood. No multi-image panoramas, no video.
- Include a brief caption between 30-70 words.
- Follow us on Instagram @dallascenterforphotography
- Tag the photo #DCPMyNeighborhood and @dallascenterforphotography in the caption or comments.
The winner will receive a signed copy of Ed Kashi’s book Three. Second place will get a 45-minute portfolio review with DCP Executive Director Peter Poulides. Third place receives a $25 DCP gift certificate. Winners will be announced on April 6.
Here comes the legal stuff: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 16+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. Follow the link in bio to our Policies page for complete contest rules.
Contest begins 03/28/20 and ends 04/04/20 at midnight.
November 2019 – Street Photography
The theme for this contest was street photography to celebrate photographer Harvey Stein coming to Dallas Center for Photography. We asked for your best shots of when you explored the streets of your hometown, your favorite city, or a place you found captivating. Images could come from any kind of camera, color or B&W, vertical, horizontal or square format.
September 2018 – B&W Film
The theme for this contest was B&W FILM. The submission can be of any subject but has to have been shot on black and white film. We don’t care if it was shot on a Minox, Nikon, Brownie, Rolleiflex, Holga or Deardorff. Any camera or format will do. To celebrate the positive/negative aspect of film photography participants had to post both the final positive image along with a shot of the negative itself being held up against the light.
August 2018 – Shadows
The theme for this contest was SHADOWS. It’s hot and bright out, so we’re going to look to the darkness for photographic inspiration. As the song title goes “The shadow proves the sunshine”. Show us your shadows, your light inspired shapes and shade. It will be fun and it will keep you out of the heat for a few minutes!
June/July 2017 – Macro
The theme for this contest was MACRO: Close-ups of tiny details and small things can be hugely satisfying and enormously beautiful. We want to see your best shots of what you find when you dive way in to the macro world. You can shoot with a macro lens, a magnifying glass or any doodad or gizmo that lets you get close.
December 2016 – Lights
The theme for December was LIGHTS. Photography means “light writing” and this is the season of lights, so get out there and start taking notes with your camera. We’d like to see your best photos on the theme of light. Holiday lights for sure, but anything that glows, glitters or shines is fair game.
September 2016 – Reflection
The theme for September was REFLECTION. You can shoot it literally or figuratively, looking into glass or into someone’s soul. The image has to be unmanipulated except for normal contrast and exposure tweaks. No Photoshop, layers or post production special effects allowed.
August 2016 – Environmental Portrait
The theme for August was ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT. An environmental portrait shows a person or people in the context of their surroundings. It can be home, work, with family or floating in a pool. The idea is to stay away from a tight head and shoulders image and tell a little more about the subject by including surrounding environment, objects or backgrounds.