The American Journal of Nursing (AJN), the largest and oldest continually circulated nursing journal in the world (first published in 1900; 340,000 subscribers) is calling for entries in a photojournalism contest.
Nurses provide care to people who are experiencing dimensions of life that we often don’t want to think about: illness, dying, labor, bodily functions out of control, pain, suffering, immobility, and ignorance about how our bodies work and how to care for them, among others. If you are fortunate, nurses are with you when you are born, when you are sick, and when you die. Nurses serve as sentinels in hospitals, in your home, schools, industry, and other settings, as they monitor health and illness, intervening to prevent deterioration and promote recovery.
Today, there is a serious global nursing shortage. A visual portrayal of nurses at work would do much to inform and to communicate to the public the important work of nursing, contemplate that social contract, and inspire some individuals to pursue a nursing career or encourage others to do so. The American Journal of Nursing seeks compelling contemporary photographs portraying nurses at work. Selected photographs will be used on the cover of the journal, included in a public exhibit in May in New York City, and possibly published in a book or in a DVD.
First prize : $2,500
Second prize: $1,000
Third prize: $500
Honorable Mentions: Nine additional winners, along with the top three, will appear on the covers of AJN and will be part of an exhibition in New York City in May 2005, and possibly other venues. Winners will be notified by telephone or mail by April 10, 2005. There will be additional judge’s choice winners that will be part of the exhibition.
How to Submit
You may enter up to five photographs. Each entry must be accompanied by an application form. Send in an 8 x 10 print and a CD (jpeg or tiff files, 300 dpi resolution minimum). Print photographs should be labeled on the reverse side with your name. Unless the photo is taken in an open, public setting, a release form is required for all subjects in the photo who can be identified. Photos should not be posed.
All submissions must be received by March 1, 2005. There is no fee to submit.
AJN will retain nonexclusive permission rights to use the photographs in print, online, and as part of a photography exhibit, and possibly other mediums. Materials submitted will not be returned. Photographs awarded nonfunded prizes (honorable mentions, judge’s choice) will receive remuneration at a standard rate.
Send Entries to:
American Journal of Nursing
C/o Wolters Kluwer Health
Attn: Dana Carey, Photojournalism Contest
333 Seventh Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10001
For more information, contact Dana Carey, 646-674-6602.