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 1300 photos for this year's contest, which a community jury narrowed down to just 32 finalists (see below). These top 32 photographs showcase this year's theme, "Home" and offer an intimate look into the lives of our vendors. 

VOTE below for your favourite photo!

Thirteen of these 32 photographs will be chosen for Megaphone's 2021 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. 

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 2021 calendar launches in October, 2020 in Vancouver and Victoria. 


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Which Photo Is Your Favorite? Choose One.

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