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 day planner.
Megaphone received over 1500 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.
Megaphone's 2021 Hope in Shadows day planner is sold by Megaphone's low-income vendors on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria. Vendors buy each day planner for $10 and sell them for $20, keeping the profit.
VOTING for the winners is now closed, but you can still tell us which is your favourite photo!
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 day planner launched October 15, 2020 in Vancouver and Victoria.
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