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Missions photo contest: Enter and win!

See the Missions Photo Contest entries here.   I saw this photograph by Natalie Montgomery and was so taken by it. It captures a soul, a moment, a place and a ministry. There in Nsoko, mud-flekked orphans run by. Their clothes are ragged and their bellies empty. But in the distance…
By Seth Barnes
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See the Missions Photo Contest entries here.

 
I saw this photograph by Natalie Montgomery and was so taken by it. It captures a soul, a moment, a place and a ministry. There in Nsoko, mud-flekked orphans run by. Their clothes are ragged and their bellies empty. But in the distance you can see love and hope and connection. Maybe, just maybe, a better day is coming.
 
The photo is like visual poetry. And as I continued to stare at it, this thought came to me: “We have so many good photographers taking amazing photos on our World Race team, we need to showcase their talent.”
 
But then I thought, “Why limit it to just our racers?” So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to start a contest – open to anyone who wants to enter. The theme is: “Thy kingdom come.”
 
Prize money: $3000 for first place, $1000 for second, $500 for third, $250 for 4th and 5th.
 
Assuming we get enough high quality photos, my objective will be to put the top photos in a coffee table book that will help those photographers engaged in missions around the globe show the world as Jesus sees it. I think it will help cast a vision for what God is doing.
 
If you’re interested check out the contest rules below. We just put together a special web site for your entries.
To guarantee that your photos will be considered, please follow these instructions:
How to Submit Photos
Send your high-resolution photos to: [email protected]


1. Please send them one at a time!
2. In the subject line, put your name, and the location that the photo was taken. 
For example: Seth Barnes, Swaziland.  If you are submitting more than one from a location, then number them (Seth Barnes, Swaziland1)
3. In the email body,
put the following, and the following only:  when it was taken, where it
was taken, a short description of what is taking place in the photo,
and your email address.
For example: March 2009, AIM Base in Swaziland, orphans lining up for food, [email protected]
 
Rules
1. Submit as many pictures that meet the criteria as you’d like up to 20. They must capture ministry in action to be considered. All it takes is one good photo to move to the next level.
2. Photos need to be Jpeg images with sufficient resolution to be reproduced (generally in excess of a megabyte).
3. By submitting the photos, you are stating that you have the full
rights to the photo, but that you are giving us permission for their full use
and publication.
4. Criteria we’ll use to judge photos: It should capture a soul, a moment, a place and a ministry.


5. We will have three rounds: Round 1: June 15, 2: June 31, and 3: July 31. If you qualify for the second round, you will then compete against the others who have made the cut.  Those selected can continue to submit photos in the second and third round. At that point we’ll judge each photographer on the overall quality of their portfolio. We will post a blog naming the
winners of each round .
6. Our panel of judges will make a preliminary evaluation on June 15.  If you make
it to the next phase, we will notify you and post the photo to a separate
list of final images.


The judges will review and confer, and the winners will be announced via email, facebook, and at this blog.

6. To qualify, you must submit something by June 15. Winners will be announced after all submissions and results have been tabulated.

You can see all the entries at this Flickr site.
 
Here’s the first entry — it arrived in my inbox from from Alex Canfield before 8 a.m.
Kenny Sacht
Alex says, “God has been saving lives through a little church in Manila.”
 
Ashley McCleery sends in this one from her Africa trip.
Ashley McCleery 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jen Petersen just submitted this one:
Africa 2009 161
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caitlin Woodward sent this in — a carnival day in Managua:
nicaragua Caitlin 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April Edwards “praying with my dear friend Esther before we said goodbye the last day we were in that area in Kenya.”
Praying in Kenya 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gabe Landes took this in Swaziland. “A small lake had formed next to the road from the heavy rains, and the Swazi children who were walking house to house with us ran off the road, threw off their shirts, and jumped in!” 
Swazi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brianna Poster Ithemba took this shot of Polina in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. 
Brianna Poster
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sara Choe took this one after she, Dennis Ho and Neil Bruinsma climbed some hills to pray.  After they finished praying, they talked to this grandma farmer and helped uproot a tree in her plot of land.
Sara Choe 1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caroline Westman snapped this one in high in the Andes (Huaras, Peru) after a Sunday School lesson.
Huaras Peru
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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