Husband and wife photography team Denae and Andrew have been working on something big for over a year, and they’re excited to get the word out. Inspired by the idea that there are plenty of opportunities for photographers to do good and share their talent, they came up with a photo contest with a purpose. Dubbed Do Good With Your Camera, it seeks to highlight how photography can serve both as an art and a form of service.
Denae and Andrew have already opened the contest with the video announcement above and a dedicated website where you’ll find all the details. Basically, they are looking for two types of photography: Documentary Photo of Service, which demonstrates an act of service and tells a story of charity; and Portrait Photography as Service, which are photos taken in service of others.
For the first category, you might want to cover some local charitable events in your community, like soup kitchens or relief aid. Or, you can also enter photographs of random acts of service being performed. For the second category, some good examples are sessions for recently adoptive families, military families, hospice or retirement center photography, or even volunteer photography at local animal shelters.
What’s in it for you? Denae and Andrew have something prepared even for those who, for any reason, can’t join the contest. The first prize is from the generous folks at Fujifilm who are offering a Fujifilm X-T100 Silver kit. To enter to win this prize, all you need to do is post a link to the Do Good With Your Camera website, along with the hashtag #DoGoodWithYourCamera on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. They’ll be using that hashtag to randomly select a winner.
But for those willing to participate, there are some exciting prizes from some very generous sponsors like Tamron, Viltrox, Uniqball, LensRentals.com, and Hyperion Camera Straps. The grand prize winner of the best overall photo will snag a package of nine prizes, valued at over $2,000. The judges will also be selecting one photo from each of the two categories, and each winner will grab a prize package valued at around $800.
There’s also a fifth prize, called the Spirit of Service, which will be judged by Denae and Andrew. This $800 prize package will be awarded to the participating photographer who goes above and beyond to serve others with their talent. It may not be the best photo, but it will be what they consider to be the best story of service with your camera.
We’re also delighted to share that our very own Chris Gampat will be one of the judges for the contest. He’ll be going over all entries alongside Swedish photographer and YouTuber Mattias Burling, photography instructor Michael The Maven, and commercial and editorial photographer and art director Kara Mercer.
Do Good With Your Camera will run until December 10th, so you have plenty of time to shoot for this competition. If you do decide to join, take pride in the fact that you’re not only taking the chance to showcase your best work and grab some awesome prices, but also sharing your time and skills with good causes.