A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…Visual images are a powerful way to share a person’s values, thoughts and messages. They offer a unique and personal perspective for each individual to share his or her story. As part of the Community Health Improvement Plan, Cobb2020 is leading a Photovoice project to work directly with youth in Cobb County and hear their perspectives on obesity through photography. With this information, Cobb2020 will be able to push for social action and policy and community support.
 
What is Photovoice?
 
Photovoice is a project that uses photography as a way for community members to have a voice and inform decision-makers about the reality of their lives and share their insights, concerns and experiences on a community issue. Participants take on the role of a photographer to capture images that represent their thoughts on an issue and the barriers and supports found in the community that could create positive change.
 
How Do I Participate in Cobb2020’s Photovoice Project?
 
Cobb2020 is focusing on gaining a deeper understanding from Cobb’s youth and community at large on obesity, a critical and growing health problem affecting not only the health of Cobb County, but the entire nation. We want to hear from YOU and YOUR perspective on the obesity in YOUR community. Cobb2020 asks you to go out into your community and capture photos that illustrate:
  • What causes obesity, why it exists and why it’s a problem for the community
  • What are examples the community can take to control or reduce the obesity epidemic

Each photo you capture has a different meaning and story and we ask that each participant write a short commentary to display along with the photo to explain their thoughts on how that photo relates to the obesity issue.

What Are the Rules?

No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. It is open to the general public. Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Participation constitutes each individual’s full and unconditional agreement and acceptance of these rules and regulations:

  • All photos must be taken in Cobb County, GA
  • You must work, live or attend school in Cobb County, GA
  • Your photos must be originals (not taken by anyone but yourself)
  • Maximum of three photos entered per person
  • The photo file must be in JPG format and sent by email to info@cobb2020.com. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • You must include your name in the image’s filename (ie jandoe1.jpg)
  • You must complete an entry form with each photo including your name, age, photo location and a brief commentary of 200 words or less explaining how your photo relates to the issue of obesity
  • Your photo must relate to the subject matter of obesity in Cobb County
  • Your photo must not include an identifiable person without their consent and their signed photo release form submitted with your photo entry
  • By submitting your photos to Cobb2020, you agree that it is an original photo and Cobb2020 may use your photos for future use
  • All photos must be submitted between September 9th, 2013 and October 7th, 2013
Prizes will be awarded to the top two finalists in the three different categories: Ages 5-13; Ages 14-18 and Age 19 and above. And, all youth organizations, classes, youth groups and other agencies that help facilitate youth participation in the Photovoice contest with 10 participants or more from their organization, will be entered into a drawing to win a prize as well.To be eligible to win, individuals must complete the entry and submission process in its entirety, which includes the signed completion of the entry form. All entries, once submitted, become the property of Cobb2020 and will not be returned. Any incomplete entries will not be eligible to win the contest. Please see our rules and regulations form below for more details.
 
What is the Submission Process?
 
To successfully enter the Cobb2020 Photovoice contest and be qualified to win a prize, you must complete the following:
  1. Fill out and complete an entry form for each photo you submit.
  2. Email your photo(s) (in JPG format) with attached signed entry form for each photo (and a signed photo release for for outside participants if applicable) to info@cobb2020.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. All photos MUST be submitted between September 9, 2013 and October 7, 2013.

How Do I Get Started?

To participate in the Photovoice contest, download the following documents to learn more information on the process and the specific rules and documents you need to submit an entry.

  1. Photovoice Explanation
  2. Rules & Regulations
  3. Photo Entry Form  (To fill out the form and sign your name in the PDF on the computer, download this document and read instructions at the top)
  4. Photo Release Form
  5. Safety Guidelines

What are the Incentives?

Enter the Cobb2020 Photovoice contest for the chance to win a FREE IPOD TOUCH, IPAD MINI or a $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE!  Prizes will be awarded to the top two finalist from the following three age categories:

  1. Ages 5 – 13 years old – 1st place winner receives a free iPod Touch; 2nd place winner receives a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
  2. Ages 14 – 18 years old – 1st place winner receives a free iPad Mini; 2nd place winner receives a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
  3. Age 19 years and older – 1st place winner receives a free iPad Mini; 2nd place winner receives a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

Organizations, classes, youth groups or agencies which help facilitate youth participation in the Cobb2020 Photovoice contest, will be entered into a drawing to receive $300 to implement a project or actions to promote a healthier environment for your organization. The organization must be identified on the entry form of at least 10 participants.

Additionally, each Monday during the time frame of the contest, Cobb2020 will choose one photo to highlight as the Photo of the Week that will be promoted on Cobb2020’s website, email blasts and social media sites. The sooner you enter, the better your chances are, so submit your photos early!

All photos chosen as winners or highlighted as Photo of the Week, will also be recognized and put on display at Cobb2020 events throughout the Cobb community.

How Will the Winners be Chosen?

All entries to the Cobb2020 Photovoice contest will be reviewed by a select team of judges at Cobb2020. All photos in both categories will be held to the same standards. The judges will choose the winners based on the following criteria:

  1. Overall Impact of the photo, title and commentary and relevance to the project theme
  2. Creativity/Originality of the photo, title and commentary
  3. Artistry of the photograph and how well it illustrated the photographer’s thoughts
  4. Expression of theme and how well it captures a clear reason for the picture

For more information about Cobb 2020 and the Photovoice contest, visit: www.cobb2020.com.