INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES

A World Youth Alliance Photo & Poetry Contest

The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is pleased to announce a Photo & Poetry Contest based on the theme ‘My Family Portrait’. This contest recognizes the use of photography and poetry in conveying a message about the importance of family, solidarity at home, and love. The competition is open to all young people aged 15 to 30 regardless of residence or citizenship.

WYA Declaration on the Family states, ‘Within the family children first come to understand their own intrinsic and inviolable human dignity. Through their complementary roles, mother and father, equal in dignity, show their children that the freedom of the human person is most fully and rightly lived in the gift of self. True love freely received and given within the family is an image of the transcendent love that makes possible the fulfillment and completion of every human being.’

Submissions

PHOTOS:

We are looking for photos or photo collages which convey the invaluable contribution of the family in fostering solidarity and educating children about human dignity. The photo may be taken anywhere in the world and does not have to show technological or complex scientific achievement.

POEMS:

We are looking for original poems which convey the use of words to express the importance of family in fostering solidarity and educating children about human dignity, responsibility, and unconditional love. The poems should not exceed 400 words.

PHOTOS AND POEMS should answer one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the role of family in society?
  • What is the role of the family in educating and nurturing children?
  • What is the role of the family in creating healthy nations?
  • What role does the family have in fostering unconditional love, responsibility, dignity and care?
  • USE the WYA Declaration on the Family for inspiration


How to Submit
Submitting your photo or poem is an easy process! Just fill out this form, upload your photo(s) or poems and press Submit. –You can upload up to 2 photos maximum and 2 poems maximum.

Rules for Winning
This is a Facebook-based contest. Winners will be determined by the number of Facebook likes they receive. Photos meeting WYA’s selection criteria will be posted on the WYA Facebook page for votes (Facebook likes) from May 13, 2013 until May 24, 2013 at 5pm EST. The winner and the runner-up will be announced on May 25, 2012.

Deadline for submissions is May 12, 2013 at 5pm New York Time – Please make sure you send in your photos or poetry submissions by this date!

PRIZES:

Winner of the WYA My Family Portrait PHOTO Contest:

  • 100 USD cash prize
  • You will receive an invitation to attend a regional training event with a WYA office in your location (Nairobi, Brussels, Mexico, Manila, New York City or Beirut).
  • Extensive exposure of winner’s work in WYA’s Global Newsletter, WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • PHOTO displayed in WYA HQ


1st runner-up

  • 50 USD cash prize
  • Your work will be featured on WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Winner of the WYA My Family Portrait POETRY Contest:

  • 100 USD cash prize
  • You will receive an invitation to attend a regional training event with a WYA office in your location (Nairobi, Brussels, Mexico, Manila, New York City or Beirut).
  • Extensive exposure of winner’s work in WYA’s Global Newsletter, WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Poetry displayed in WYAHQ


1st runner-up

  • 50 USD cash prize
  • Your work will be featured on WYA’s official website and WYA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page or email contest@wya.net.

Good luck!