Contest Guidelines

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About the Contest

How to Participate

Submitting Photographs for Contest

Judging

Selection Criteria

The Jewish Lens at ANU

 

About the Contest

The Jewish Lens Photo Contest is open to Jewish teens all over the world.  Most entrants participate as part of a school class, youth group, or other community group, but unaffiliated individuals can enter as well.

 

The goals of the contest are to:

  • Strengthen Jewish youth’s sense of belonging, commitment, and identification with the Jewish people – in Israel and worldwide.
  • Engage participants via the pillars of Jewish Peoplehood – highlighting common denominators that foster a meaningful connection to the Jewish People.
  • Inspire a dialogue and bond between Jewish teens from Israel and worldwide Jewish communities

 

How to Participate

Participants in the contest are strongly encouraged to complete all four steps of the process: registration, educational program, community exhibition, and photo submission.

  • Registration:  Whether you are participating in the photo contest or just making use of the Jewish Lens curriculum materials, we ask you to register [link to I.A.2.] on our site.  That way, we can keep you apprised of any new developments, new educational opportunities, or potential changes to the program or schedule. 
  • Educational Program:  The Jewish Lens curriculum is a rich trove of lessons and activity ideas that connect the art of photography with Jewish texts, Jewish values, Jewish peoplehood, and related topics.  At a minimum, we suggest you complete the Jewish Lens Mini-Course [link to I.B.2.] in conjunction with your participation in the photo contest.  If you have more time to spend, we encourage you to explore other lessons and activities from the curriculum [link to I.B.].
  • Community Exhibition:   

An exhibition of student photography within your own community can be an empowering and unifying experience – both for the students and the community at large.  You can find simple suggestions here [link to I.A.6.] for creating a community exhibition.  In addition, you can upload the selected photos to Instagram and to your institution’s website or Facebook page for an online exhibition.

  • Photo Submission

The final session [link to I.B.2.d.] in the Jewish Lens Mini-Course invites students to take photographs inspired by the theme “My Connection to the Jewish People.” Each photo should be accompanied by a Photographer’s Note”  a short text of up to 50 words with the photographer’s details plus meaningful insights about the photo and its Jewish connection.  You can upload your students’ photographs and photographer statements here [link to I.A.4.]Click here for examples of photos and photographers’ notes. [link to I.A.5.]

 

Submitting Photographs for Contest

  • Strong consideration is given to the level of the photographer’s creative expression and description of the photo so that it evokes a significant response from the observer. The narrative enhances the assignment and adds another rich layer to the work, as well as, reveal the inner world of the photographer.
  • Taking inspiration from other photos is welcome and encouraged. However, be sure not to plagiarize or copy another photographer’s work/idea.
  • Suggested photography equipment: Participants can use either a digital camera or smart phones. Light editing of photos is allowed if it enhances the composition and overall aesthetic of the work.
  • The photos submitted should be taken with the highest resolution possible (minimum 3MB).

 

Judging

  • The judging committee, headed by Zion Ozeri, will assess the various photos selected by the institutions and designate the best photos for display at ANU – The Museum of the Jewish People. 
  • The judges also assign first, second and third place winners.  
  • The winning photos are displayed in a designated gallery at ANU – Museum of the Jewish People.

 

Selection Criteria

  • Jewish Peoplehood – The ideas and concepts of the photograph must address at least one of the pillars of Jewish Peoplehood: shared collective memory, Jewish values, multi-faceted connection to Israel, Hebrew or other Jewish languages, Jewish creativity and culture or Jewish faith and lifestyle.
  • Aesthetics – The photograph, like other modes of art, must be aesthetic and engage the observer with a curiosity to learn more about the photo.
  • Creativity – The photo will fulfill the assignment in an original and meaningful way.  The mediums and motifs are to be diverse and generate curiosity and feedback.

 

The Jewish Lens at ANU

Photographer Zion Ozeri founded at the Jewish Lens in 2004, together with co-founder Alisa Doctoroff, to teach Jewish values through the medium of photography.  In 2019, after a successful three-year pilot program that expanded the Jewish Lens to new countries and venues, the use of all program materials and credits were transferred to Beit Hatfutsot (now ANU: Museum of the Jewish People) for further development, where they benefitted from the museum’s vast influence on the Jewish educational world. With the generous help of the Covenant Foundation, the program has continued to expand for further educational and communal impact.