Photographers have been forever at the pinnacle of social, political and economic change. From the photographers who captured Martin Luther King’s magnificent “I have a dream speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, to photojournalists like Steve McCurry’s iconic Afghan Girl.
Now you too can submit your photographs of change. It’s the last week for entrees to Picture the Difference, a photography competition in aid of international charity ActionAid.
The NGO works to fight poverty in Africa, Asia and the Americas, and is looking for images that capture change be it environmental, community, political, and personal change. Entrants get the opportunity for work to be exhibited at a London gallery, to spend time with a legendary photographer and as the winner, to embark on an all expenses paid trip to Uganda and share your love of photography with the children that ActionAid supports in the country, as well as embarking on a six-day Gorilla safari. Awesome.
South African photographer Alf Kumalo is amongst the judges of the competition. Growing up during apartheid, Kumalo’s photographs documented the effects of the regime on its marginalised black population. His lens witnessed countless historical moments from the women’s march in 1956, through to the first inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994. He has also photographed the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Sammy Davies Jnr, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, as well as Pelé and Mohammed Ali. Other judges include celebrity photographer Dan Kennedy and lifestyle photographer Antonio Gamito.
The competition is open to all photographers over the age of 18, and entrants pay a £10 fee. For this fee they can enter up to three photos, with 50% of the fee going to support ActionAid’s works. The competition closes on 31st January 2012, so get your skates on! More information available at https://www.picturethedifference.co.uk/gallery/
Words: Nosmot Gbadamosi