Tamarack Institute seeks Portage youths for photo contest

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What do you want more of? What do you want less of? What will your community look like one decade from now? Are you under the age of 30 and like taking pictures? We would love to hear from you!

The Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement is putting together a photo show to help explain what the engaged youth are thinking and seeing in their communities.

“We believe there is going to be a big transition in the coming decade, and the impact of climate change is by far the most critical challenge. But, so is inequity and the perceived lack of opportunity, social disconnection, and disengaged youth,” the organization stated per a release. “We want you to show us your fears and hopes, but, we also want you to tell us what your community is going to look like in 2030.”

Photo submissions can be artistic impressions, or can be landscapes. They can be portraits or action shots. They can be originals, or computer enhanced.

“We want them to be raw. Show us what your community will look like ten years from now both the good and the bad,” the organization added.

Tamarack plans to select 10–12 pictures, which will be printed in various sizes as part of its gallery show. If the photo submission is successful, photographers will receive $500. The organization also plans to select 20–50 pictures for a slide show that will be shown in the gallery during its performance nights. Those successful submissions will garner the photographer $20.

In addition to a photo, submissions require a photo description of no more than 30 words that includes a title and the story the picture is trying to tell. How does the photo answer the question: What will your community look like in 10 years? Photos without a caption will not be considered.

Currently, Tamarack has three upcoming events where it will be displaying the youth photo show. A community leaders climate change gathering, a youth engagement gathering and Tamarack’s 10-year plan that focuses on community gathering.

The contest closes Feb. 12 and all submissions can be made to Michael Born at m.epp.born@gmail.com. For contest rules and submission details, check out the contest website http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/photo-contest.

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