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ExchangesConnect Photo Contest

ExchangesConnect want’s to know: What does home mean to you? A special spot in your neighborhood? A community festival? A family gathering?

Grab your camera, get creative and share a photo that represents your unique cultural backyard!

Two Grand Prize winners will receive a Netbook computer (Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201n) and their entries will be displayed at the U.S. Department of State.

To enter this contest you must be at least 14 years old.

Objective

The theme of the ExchangesConnect Photo Contest is Postcards from Home: Show us Where You’re From.

Photos will be judged based on four criteria:

  • Originality: You, or someone you know, must have taken this photo. Is your photo original, fresh or inventive?
  • Creativity: How imaginative is your photo? A creative photo breaks from traditional methods of presenting ideas and messages. For example, you could take the photo from an unexpected angle or focus on a detail that is usually ignored. Avoid simple snapshots of groups of people or buildings.
  • Effectiveness: Does your photo clearly answer the question: “What does home mean to you?” An effective photo will share a unique aspect of your home and culture with the viewer.
  • Photo Quality: Is your photo aesthetically pleasing? A high-quality photo is well composed and has a clear focal point. It should not be blurry, too dark or too light. Remember, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a high-quality photo!

Prizes

Two Grand Prize winners will receive a Netbook computer (Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201n) and their entries will be displayed at the U.S. Department of State.

Runners-up will receive ExchangesConnect T-shirts and real postcards featuring the top 20 submissions.

Rules

  • You must be at least 14 years old to enter the contest.
  • If you are under 18, you need permission from a parent or guardian to participate.
  • Each entrant may submit a maximum of two (2) entries for consideration in the contest.
  • Submissions will be accepted from 9 November until 17 December 2010.

How to enter?

First, you must sign up for ExchangesConnect.

Then take an original digital photo that addresses the official theme and represents a unique aspect of your home and submit it on the official website.