Shining A Light International Photography Contest 2018
Total awards: 2250 $
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The Muhammad Ali Center is honored to announce the sixth annual “Shining a Light” International Photography Contest. The goal of this year’s competition is to reveal, but not exploit, women who have or currently live homeless and to educate our community about the issues, realities, and struggles they endure. The contest host will produce a documentary-style exhibition from 25 to 35 finalist photographs, which will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning March 8, 2019. CONTEST THEME “Shining a Light: (The) Many Faces of Homeless Women” Informed by the UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission, the photographic submissions are asked to depict one or more of the following issues as they pertain to Refugee Women’s lived experiences: 1. Gender-Based Violence 2. Livelihoods 3. Education 4. Rights and Justice 5. Sexual and Reproductive Health

CONTEST CALENDAR Call for Entries: August 1, 2018 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2018 Muhammad Ali Center Exhibition: March 8, 2019 (International Women’s Day) – June 2019

PRIZES A monetary prize will be awarded to the contestants by the Muhammad Ali Center in recognition of placing first, second, or third: 1st Prize—$1000 2nd Prize—$750 3rd Prize—$500

Though the winnings will be awarded directly to the winners, they can opt to donate their proceeds to a non-profit charity or organization. Some suggested organizations, related to this year’s topic, are listed below: National Coalition for the Homeless (Local Chapters) National network of homeless persons, activists, and advocates, who work together “to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.” Lotus House, Sundari Foundation, Inc. “Works to improve the lives of homeless women, youth and children by providing sanctuary, support, education, tools, and resources that empower them…” The Ladybug Foundation, Inc. “Supports efforts to spread awareness and raise funds to assist operating charitable organization which provide food, shelter, and other needs of people who are homeless and near homeless in Canada…” Cardborigami, Inc. “Carborigami’s mission is to provide instant space to protect people from the elements through innovation and design.” The Empowerment Plan “Focuses on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. We hire single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence.” Recognition: Press Release Website Social Media

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14 September 2018  -  31 December 2018


14 September 2018  -  31 December 2018


14 September 2018  -  31 December 2018



A monetary prize will be awarded to the contestants by the Muhammad Ali Center in recognition of placing first, second, or third:
1st Prize—$1,000 
2nd Prize—$750 
3rd Prize—$500


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Available for citizens: Worldwide