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Share what you see: Habitat’s flagship publication opens photo contest with chance to help build in Haiti

March 9, 2011

ATLANTA (March 08, 2011)-Habitat for Humanity’s quarterly magazine, Habitat World, has opened its annual photo contest that shines a spotlight on the importance and vitality of Habitat’s work around the world.

The magazine is asking photographers to submit photos that demonstrate the deep need for housing solutions and illustrate Habitat’s life-changing work around the world.

“We’re asking individuals to show us what Habitat means to them through photos,” said Shala Carlson, Habitat World’s managing editor. “We’re looking for that one photo, that one moment that really communicates how Habitat has helped an individual, a neighborhood, a community.”

The contest winner will be awarded a spot as a volunteer in Haiti this fall. Habitat World will pay the winner’s air transportation and trip fees, which include modest daily accommodations and meals.

Additionally, photos and statements from the contest winner and top four finalists will be published in the December 2011 issue of Habitat World, which has a readership of 1 million, and on habitat.org.

The contest deadline is midnight, July 8, Eastern Daylight Time. A team of Habitat World judges will select a contest winner and four finalists. Criteria include a photo’s ability to capture Habitat’s mission and impact, as well as its technical composition and quality.

Neil Reid, last year’s Habitat World photo contest winner, was awarded a Global Village trip to Nepal. Reid said he will always remember the Everest Build and his experience working with Habitat for Humanity.

“The build process, the graciousness of the Nepalese people, amazing teammates, the scenery, but more importantly the fact that we helped a family find their feet and helped to secure the future of four amazing children” Reid said. “I have previously been quoted as saying that everyone should take part in a Habitat trip and that, through this, you will receive back tenfold what you put in. I can confirm that tenfold will only scratch the surface.”

The contest winner and top four finalists will be announced to the public in the December 2011 issue of Habitat World. The contest winner must already possess a current passport and will be responsible for obtaining requisite immunizations and a travel visa, if necessary. The winner will be expected to work a full day at the build site during each of the five work days. Contest entrants must be at least 18 years of age (or the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction of primary residence) as of the date of entering the contest.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 400,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 22 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org