A monk's begging bowl carries a special cultural significance in Burma. Because they are not allowed possessions, monks process every morning from door to door with the bowls, begging for a bit of rice. Despite a life of hardship, Burmese people share their food with the monks and a special relationship exists between the groups – Christian Bobst, Photographer, Kulu Valley, India 2009
London+Acumen presents: Global Dignity Photography Competition
A bold new way of tackling poverty that is about Dignity, not Dependence.
5th July, 2013
31st August, 2013 11:45 PM
One off Competition
ABOUT THE Competition
A bold new way of tackling poverty that is about Dignity, not Dependence.
Acumen is a US-registered nonprofit working to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. Acumen invests philanthropic donations in patient capital in business models that deliver critical goods and services to the base of the pyramid communities, improving the lives of millions. Since 2001, Acumen has invested more than $83 million in 73 companies impacting the lives of over 100 million people across East and West Africa, India, Pakistan and Latin America. Acumen is also working towards building a global community of emerging leaders that believe in creating a more inclusive world through the tools of both business and philanthropy.
London+Acumen, one of the 22 +Acumen Chapters worldwide, focuses on education, entrepreneurship and breakthrough ideas at a local level for changing the way individuals tackles poverty and building a community based on dignity. It aims to draw communities in London together through knowledge and fundraising events and online courses designed to inspire and empower a community of social change leaders.
The annual flagship DIGNITY Photo event highlights the importance of dignity, not dependence. London+Acumen brings to London for the first time a series of 3 interconnected events:
DIGNITY Photo Contest: What does dignity mean to you? The judges will look at the visual impact and photographic quality of each submitted image, but will place equal emphasis on judging how well the photograph carries the theme of dignity, not dependence, in low income communities. The caption will play an important part in communicating this background story.
DIGNITY Photo Parade (October 2013): The top 20 photographs by shortlisted entrants will be showcased around the city. The photos representing the lives of low-income communities around the world, whilst illustrating their dignity, will be hung in lobbies of city offices and public spaces, highlighting the need and opportunity to invest in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction (November 2013): A high profile reception at a central London venue, attracting an audience of philanthropists and well-connected individuals from the political, business and art communities to an exhibition of the 20 shortlisted photographs, together with 10 featured photographs from the Nuru project, an NGO that uses photography for social impact.
As part of London+Acumen's efforts at inspiring social change and create social change leaders in London, this contest is open to London-based photographers only. This is a unique opportunity for photographers to be a catalyst for social change by leveraging their photography to portray "Dignity, not Dependence" in low income communities around the world. Whether it was on holiday, whilst on your travels, or perhaps through your work, we would love to learn what dignity means to you presented as a photo, accompanied by a back story. The contest is open to photographers of any level - amateurs as well as professionals.
There is an alternative competition for London-based photographers who wish to submit a photograph of "Dignity, not Dependence" from low-income communities in London. See the Dignity in London Photography Competition. Please note that entrants may submit a photograph in both categories if they wish, but only one per category, and they must not be the same photograph. The entry fee for submitting two photographs is £6 (see payment options).
What is unique about this Competition?
London + Acumen's annual flagship DIGNITY Photo event highlights the importance of dignity and choice, not dependence on charity, a core value of Acumen's work.
A panel of judges will shortlist 10 photographs from each category. Each photograph will be showcased across London in businesses and public places during the first ever DIGNITY Photo Parade in October 2013. This is a fantastic opportunity for photographers to expose their work to the diverse London art, business and social enterprise community.
These top 10 photographers from each category will further be given the opportunity to exhibit their photograph and story at the DIGNITY Exhibition and Auction in one of central London's attractive venues. While we all know a picture paints more than a thousand words, the depth of a photograph is incomplete without its background story. Emphasis will be placed on the story behind the photo so don't forget to enter your caption!
The Theme: Global Dignity
Acumen has spearheaded building a global community of leaders that truly understand the importance of dignity, not dependence and choice, not charity in changing the way the world tackles poverty, by treating the poor as customers and equals, not passive recipients of aid. Acumen collects philanthropic donations and invests them in social entrepreneurs in emerging markets that dare to go where markets have failed and aid has fallen short.
London+Acumen, one of the 22 +Acumen Chapters worldwide, focuses on education, entrepreneurship and breakthrough ideas at a local level for changing the way individuals tackles poverty and building a community based on dignity. It aims to draw communities in London together through knowledge and fundraising events and online courses designed to inspire and empower a community of social change leaders. This is a chance for London-based photographers to contribute to that by depicting "Dignity, not Dependence" in photographs from around the world.
The funds raised will support Acumen, pioneers of investing philanthropic capital in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas across the developing world.
You can read more about Acumen's theme of Dignity in this article by Jacqueline Novogratz in the Huffington Post: Dignity not Dependence while living under $1 a Day.
- Your work featured in the DIGNITY Photo Parade (October 2013), a showcase of the top photographs from this year's competition, hung in lobbies of city offices and public spaces around the city.
- Your work featured in the DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction (November 2013) together with 10 featured photographs from the Nuru project, an NGO that facilitates the sale of socially conscious work from photographers across the globe
- 5 tickets to the 2013 DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction (2 VIP incl winner + 3 General)
- Your winning photograph auctioned off and the opportunity to sell one additional different photo at the event. Your photo will also be included in London+Acumen DIGNITY 2014 promotional material.
Last year's DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction had over 200 attendees, and raised close to £15,000 between ticket sales, photo sales and the auction. Click here to see a video of the 2012 DIGNITY event.
- Winning photo auctioned amongst world class photographs from the Nuru Project (all proceeds from the DIGNITY event go to Acumen)
- 3 free tickets to the 2013 DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction (2 VIP incl winner + 1 General)
- The opportunity to sell one additional different photo at the event and the winning photo showcased at the DIGNITY Photo Parade.
- Winning photo auctioned amongst world class photographs from the Nuru Project.
- 2 tickets to the DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction (2 VIP incl winner)
- Winning photo showcased at the DIGNITY Photo Parade.
RUNNER'S UP PRIZE:
The top 10 Photos from each category will get:
- Shortlisted for the London+Acumen DIGNITY Award, as well as showcased at the DIGNITY Photo Parade and sold at the DIGNITY Exhibition & Auction [Note: All proceeds from the DIGNITY event go to Acumen].
Judging will take place in September 2013, by the representatives below. The winners and shortlist will be announced on 30 September at 5pm (GMT).
Zoe is a highly experienced editor, art director and mentor in the photography world. She contributed to the great success of world-leading media company Getty Images for 17 years in senior creative and … READ MORE >>
Tom Hunter is an award winning and internationally acclaimed artist, exhibiting extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2006 Tom became the only artist to have a solo photography show at the … READ MORE >>
As a photographer Tiffany has made the street her subject for the past ten years, shooting daytime and nightlife scenes in London and afar. She is Editor of fLIP magazine for London Independent Photography … READ MORE >>
I started working as a photographer in 2006 after ditching an unfulfilling commercial career to follow my passion for taking photos.
Work in Travel and Event photography followed, both for editorial and … READ MORE >>
Nic is a former Managing Director who woke up to become a poet film maker. He now works all over the world helping foundations express their beautiful notions, organizations express their soul (if they … READ MORE >>
London-based photographer working with startups and medium-sized businesses to support and promote their ventures with compelling product and editorial imagery (recent projects include food and fashion … READ MORE >>
Can I submit a photo if I do not live in London?
As part of London+Acumen's efforts at inspiring social change and create social change leaders in London, this contest is open to London-based photographers only.
There is, however, an international Picture Dignity competition arranged by the +Acumen network which accept submissions from entrants located anywhere in the world.
Can I submit to both categories?
You may submit to both categories but only one photograph per category and they may not be the same photograph. To enter two photographs you must pay the double entry fee of £6 (see payment options).
Can I submit the same photographs in both categories?
No. If you wish to submit to both categories, these must be two different photographs.
I submitted my photo to the wrong category. What do I do?
Please contact Elizabeth Breiner on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between the Global Dignity and Dignity in London categories?
Photographs submitted to the London Dignity competition should reflect Dignity as portrayed by you in London only. This may for example be a picture of dignity in poverty on the streets of London.
Photographs submitted to the Global Dignity competition should equally reflect Dignity but is not confined to a single place, and can be taken anywhere in the world.
Do I have to provide a release or license?
We ask for model releases as a rule, but understand this it may not be possible to obtain in all circumstances and we will not disqualify entries where obtaining one is not feasible. Full details can be found in the contest Terms and Conditions and you may also contact us directly to clarify further (please email email@example.com)
Please see the Release and License section of the Terms and Conditions on each respective competition page:
What is the cost? Why do I have to pay?
The entry fee for submitting a photo to either the London Dignity or Global Dignity competition is £3. To enter a photograph in both categories the fee is £6. This is to cover the administration of the site and the processing of your submission.
When will I know if my photo has made it through to the shortlist?
Judging will take place in September 2013, by a panel of well-respected and experienced judges (see the judges section for biographies). They will short list a number of submissions from each category to include in the judging process, and choose final winners from these. You will be contacted if your photo is selected, and all entrants will be notified after the 30th September.
What happens if my photo gets through?
The short listed photographs will be showcased across London in businesses and public places during the DIGNITY Photo Parade, in October 2013. This is a fantastic opportunity for photographers to expose their work to the diverse London art, business and social enterprise community. The shortlisted photographers from each category will further be given the opportunity to exhibit their photograph and story at the DIGNITY Exhibition and Auction in one of central London's attractive venues (to be confirmed).
What is required of me if my photo gets through?
We would like you to be present at the DIGNITY Exhibition and Auction at a tbc venue in London in November 2013 if possible. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and meet likeminded photographers. We would also appreciate your help in spreading awareness about the contest and Acumen's work during the course of the DIGNITY Photo Parade and the subsequent weeks. This would be in the form of using your own social media channels and spreading the word where possible. More information will be distributed to the shortlisted entrants in due course.
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