“Shaping My Dream” Photo Story Contest

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"Summer Celebrations Around the World" Photo Story Contest

Part of being human is having aspirations. When we are children we dream about being famous, being a veterinarian or living in a big house. As we grow older, these dreams change. Some become more realistic, some morph into something completely different and some are actually achieved. Create a story about how you are shaping your dreams. How are you working towards your dream career? How have you achieved your life goals so far? What is next for you as you step toward your next dream?


  • 1 – $100
  • 2 – $60
  • 3 – $40

Image requirements: JPEG, PNG – minimum resolution of 1920×1080 and maximum size 10MB

Online submission of digital images via the website.


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Often it’s a point of discussion on photography forums whether one narrates better stories with a single image versus a series of images. In this regard it’s important to remember that a single image is only a “half truth”, because it never tells you the fundamental of a story, which is, “Why?”. What does this mean? When talking about photographs, an image might be partly true but it is only part of the whole truth and a snapshot of the bigger picture. This leaves part of our brain to interpret the image on its own, therefore making it difficult to always understand the photographer’s message. Not all single images tell a story. One must remember a photo essay is nothing but the compilation of multiple single images – these are the units of the visual narrative. Each single picture is a chapter in the story, and each chapter will unfold towards the climax. On the other hand, a series of photographs allows the brain to process each image as a whole. A series of images emphasises several ideas, whereas a single image usually emphasises just one idea. Keep in mind that the first and last images in a series are the most important. These are called ‘goal images’ – the type of images that open and close the series to grab a viewer’s attention. It’s no different from judging a book by its cover – a strong opening shot will stop people and hold them in the story from start to finish.