ATLANTA (March 07, 2011)-Habitat for Humanity’s quarterly flagship magazine, Habitat World, has kicked off its annual photo contest, which each year shines a spotlight on the importance and vitality of Habitat’s work around the world.
The magazine is seeking photographers to submit photos that demonstrate the deep need for housing solutions and illustrate Habitat’s life-changing work.
“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 have the opportunity to volunteer in Haiti this fall as part a Habitat Global Village trip, with Habitat World funding the winner’s air transportation, trip fees and 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 one million, and on Habitat.org.
The contest deadline is midnight, July 8, Eastern Daylight Time. A team of Habitat World judges will select the winners and finalists. Contest 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 must already have a current passport and will be responsible for obtaining requisite immunizations and a travel visa, if necessary. The winner will be expected to work five full days at the work site during the Haiti trip. 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 an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org .