For the past 20 years!!!, Megaphone's low-income vendors have taken 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 1500 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, "Celebrate" and offer an intimate look into the lives of our vendors.
Megaphone's Hope in Shadows calendar is sold by Megaphone's low-income vendors on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria. Vendors buy each calendar for $10 and sell them for $20, keeping the profit.
VOTE FOR 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 2022/23 calendar will launch in October 2022 in Vancouver and Victoria. Stay tuned.
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