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A few months back, I came up with the idea to start a not-for-profit photography contest. The thought was that photographers are looking for an outlet for their work. Non profit organizations are engaged in an endless battle to spread their mission and gain support. Why not give p'graphers an avenue on which to showcase their talent? Why not make that avenue the same one that helps the visual identity of non-profit missions?

And from the mire, Depth of Field was born. A photography contest focused on social change, acknowledging the needs of artists and aspiring to create networks and visibility for both.

So, here's the published skinny on Depth of Field. Keep reading, I think you will be inspired.

Lotus Photography is sponsoring a new, innovative photography contest called Depth of Field. Depth of Field (DoF) collaborates with local and national non-profits to create photography contests that generate images, cash donations and prizes (winner takes home a Canon 5D Mark II or $2000 cash) for the sponsored organization and contestants. Through these contests, DoF addresses the expressed need from both photographers and non-profit organizations to increase visibility and scope of work.

Working closely with sponsored organizations, DoF comes up with a contest theme that will generate useful media and raise awareness of the organization's mission. Winning and non-winning images may be used by the organization, providing an incredible opportunity for photographers to gain professional contacts and exposure. The organization is given rights to use all images submitted to their contest for one calendar year, while photographers maintain ownership.

I invite you to visit the website for more information: www.dofcontest.org

We are in the midst of our first contest for SCRAP!, a Portland-based non profit committed to supporting creative reuse in the community. The theme for this contest is: Second Time Around: Reused. Reclaimed. Reconsidered.
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We are accepting entries until April 19th, so get them in as soon as possible! It is $25 to enter, but remember, you are supporting photographers and community organizations....AND, remember that the winner takes home a Canon 5D Mark II OR $2000 cash. There are cash prizes for 2nd place and honorable mentions.

Thanks for reading.  I really hope you will consider participating and encourage your photographer friends to get involved!!

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I had a crazy professor in college that published books...lots of books, and refused to capitalize any letters. She felt it was one of the many internalized processes of "othering" that were practiced by educated human beings. Exclusion and isolation led to power, discrimination and division. The final paper I wrote for that class was published. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

The best way to describe my relationship with photography at that time was true, blinding love. I had confidence that I could blur the lines of duality with a single photographic experience; assurance that I would join the ranks of photographers who change how people see. In short, I was going to revolutionize communication...and I would drive it with the power of love. So it stands to reason that this final paper would extract a small photographic property and make it explode with purpose. It is the human propensity for monochromatic thinking that waters the roots of "othering".

Boy, I was really proud of that conclusion. I guess things like this lose a bit of their University flare when they're not tucked safely inside university walls. The point is, as my contextual knowledge of photographs grew, I developed a strong affinity for joining the non-joinable in all manner of subjects. Do non-sequiturs really hold water?! Don't our brains have a mind of their own? If you aren't convinced, hang out with a toddler for the day and you will know this as fact.

Photographs are a secret passage into all kinds of relationships. They are nostalgic and prophetic at the same time and I think that is so cool.


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