Hope in Shadows Vote

Each year, Megaphone's low-income and homeless vendors take part in the Hope in Shadows photography contest. Using single-use film cameras, vendors capture images of their communities and submit them for a chance to be featured in the annual Hope in Shadows calendar. 

Megaphone received over a thousand photos for this year's contest, which a community jury narrowed down to just 30 finalists (see below). These top 30 photographs showcase this year's theme, "Spirit & Resilience" and offer an intimate look into the lives of our vendors. 

VOTE below for your favourite photo!

Thirteen of these 30 photographs were chosen for Megaphone's 2019 Hope in Shadows calendar, which is sold by Megaphone's homeless and low-income vendors on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria. Vendors buy each calendar for $10 and sell them for $20, keeping the profit. These 13 photos were selected through community votes and a jury process. 

Having a hard time deciding? There is a lot to look for in each photo. To find one that speaks to you, consider some of the things we ask our jury to look for: the visual, as well as the story. Visually: Is it creative? Beautiful? Well-framed? Colourful? Artistic? And in terms of the story: What does the photo tell us? What questions does it raise? Why might this photograph be important, and to whom? The best photos are both visually stunning and rich in story, and some are strongest in one or the other.

This project is rooted in creating space for people experiencing poverty to tell their own stories, through their own lens. Hope in Shadows shows the beauty, joy, friendship, and hope that exist alongside the hardship in the lives of people impacted by poverty.

The 2019 calendar launches on October 10, 2018 in Vancouver and October 11 in Victoria. 

To buy the 2019 calendar, find a vendor close to you by downloading our app. Don’t have cash on you? Don’t worry, you can pay vendors with the Megaphone App.

Live outside of Vancouver or Victoria? Can't find a vendor? Buy your calendar online.




#1 - Heart Colour


#2 - Don't Frack With Our Water

#3 - Best Friends

#4 - Man's Best Friend

#5 - Sex Worker Power

#6 - Happy New Year

#7 - Any Little Challenge

#8 - God's Creation

#9 - Heading to the East

#10 - "Photo"

#11 - The Painter

#12 - Eastside Pride

#13 - John's Vegetables 

#14 - Blossom

#15 - Mama's Little Helper

#16 - Captain

#17 - First Impressions

#18 - Never Give Up

#19 - Happy

#20 - Not Quite The Waldorf Astoria, But Also Nice

#21 - C.D. Rocks On Spikes On Bikes

#22 - The Seagull

#23 - The Moss Lady

#24 - Spirit and Friendship

#25 - Terry Fox

#26 - Possibilities 

#27 - Dream Walker

#28 - Altar of Inspiration 

#29 - Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

#30 - Brenda


Which Photo Is Your Favorite? Choose One.

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