The Muhammad Ali Center is honored to announce the topic of its eighth annual “Shining a Light” International Photography Contest and subsequent exhibition will be informed by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (#6), clean water and sanitation, as it relates to women and gender equality.
The Muhammad Ali Center requests submitted photographs pertinent to the above described topic. Images should relate to women’s work, lives, sanitation, and hygiene involving water. For more details, please see the section ‘contest theme’.
Photographs from this contest will be used to produce a documentary-style exhibition of 30-45 photographs, which will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Shining a Light: Water
“Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent.” -United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6
While men and women alike rely on water and are affected by its scarcity, women have more responsibilities, needs, and uses of water. Water as a social issue of gender equality and a United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goal can be explained as having three reasons that emphasize the impact of water availability on women’s lives.
One, in many cultures world-wide women and girls are largely responsible for the collection of water for their households, often having to walk miles to and from a viable water source, which increases their vulnerability.
Two, women are often the members of households who manage the water supply and utilize that water for cleaning, cooking, and the general well-being of their families.
Three, women’s hygienic needs including reproductive cycles, pregnancies, and childbirth require greater access to clean water.
· Call for Submissions: July 20, 2020
· Entry Deadline: December 31, 2020
· Muhammad Ali Center Exhibition: March 6, 2021 – TBD
A monetary prize will be awarded to the contestants by the Muhammad Ali Center in recognition of placing first, second, or third in the photo contest.
1st Prize — $1000
2nd Prize — $750
3rd Prize — $500
The monetary prize will be awarded in the form of a check, mailed to the address provided by the winning photographer(s) in care of FedEx Express. The tracking number for the parcel will be provided to the photographer.
The Muhammad Ali Center does not send money directly to bank accounts or via any form of digital social payment services (i.e. Venmo, PayPal, wire, etc.).
Due to U.S. federal regulations, countries designated on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions list are not eligible to receive prize money from this contest; however, photographers from these countries are not precluded from participating in this contest by submitting photographs.
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RULES AND LEGAL CONDITIONS
By submitting one or more photographs and participating in the “Shining a Light” photo contest, you agree to the following rules and legal conditions:
· All photographers are welcomed; both amateur and professional.
· Photographers under the age of 18 are required to submit a Parental Consent Form with their submission.
· To limit your submissions to one photograph. Should more than one photograph be submitted, only the first will be accepted for consideration and all other(s) will be discarded.
· Your photograph and name will be displayed by the Muhammad Ali Center, published and/or used on websites owned and social media sites operated by the Muhammad Ali Center for an indefinite period of time, with appropriate credit line.
· Your picture(s) and name being displayed at other venues for an indefinite period of time.
· Participants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs, notwithstanding the rights granted above to the Muhammad Ali Center and other exhibition venues.
· The Muhammad Ali Center has the right to verify, at their sole judgment and discretion, winner eligibility.
· Participants warrant that their photographs:
o are original and
o do not infringe on any third party’s rights,
· Participants agree that they have obtained any and all necessary permissions from any third party that appears in the photograph.
· The Muhammad Ali Center reserves the right, at its own discretion and judgment, to disqualify any entry if it finds in its sole discretion that any of the conditions above are not met.
· All decisions by the Muhammad Ali Center and its judges concerning the photo contest are final and binding.
· Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020 11:59 PM (EST)
ABOUT SHINING A LIGHT
The Muhammad Ali Center leveraged its existing capacity to increase awareness around issues of human rights and social justice on local, national, and international stages. In 2013 the Muhammad Ali Center created “Shining a Light,” an international photography contest focused on gender equality. The “Shining a Light” exhibition opens in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8 every year and offers educational programming about the selected topic in order to enhance the audiences’ experience.
ABOUT THE MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER
The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience.
For additional information about the photo contest, rules, awards, and exhibition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alicenter.org.