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Habitat for Humanity’s flagship publication goes social for its annual photo contest

ATLANTA (May 19, 2014) — To recognize the power of visual storytelling, Habitat for Humanity’s flagship publication Habitat World launched its annual photo contest today on the social media platform Instagram, where participants from around the world are encouraged to submit photos that capture Habitat’s mission and impact.


Last year’s winner, YeRee Hong of Kathmandu, Nepal, was awarded a volunteer opportunity in New York City, during Habitat’s 30th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project for her photograph “13,000th Smile,” which featured new homeowner Aamna Khatun, above.

This year’s “Editor’s Choice” winner will be awarded a volunteer opportunity during the 2014 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, held Oct. 5-11 in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s contest also features a new category, “Viewer’s Choice,” in which a second winner will be awarded a $100 gift card to the Habitat online store.

“One of my favorite things to do during any day is peek at social media to see the fun, wonderful, inspiring photos that Habitat volunteers and supporters are sharing online,” said Shala Carlson, Habitat for Humanity International’s senior director of storytelling. “There’s nothing better than seeing such a collection of smiles, families and hope, and we think the new structure of this year’s contest promises just that.”

To enter the contest, participants must follow Habitat for Humanity’s official Instagram account and tag contest photos with the hashtag #HabitatPhotoContest. The deadline for contest submissions is June 30 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.

A team of Habitat World judges will evaluate photos for Editor’s Choice on the following criteria: ability to capture Habitat’s mission and impact, and technical composition and quality. The photo that receives the most likes, comments and votes combined will be selected as Viewer’s Choice.

For more information about the contest and official rules, go to habitat.org/photocontest.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.