Capture a portrait of living with HIV; ‘Positively Aware’ photo essay contestAround the City, Top Highlights Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Positively Aware, a magazine devoted to HIV treatment and wellness published bi-monthly by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago, is sponsoring A Day with HIV, an annual photo essay to be published in the forthcoming November/December issue.
Each day across the globe almost 7,000 people, including 900 children, will contract HIV, joining an estimated 34.2 million people already living with HIV. During any 24 hours more than 4,600 people around the world will die of an AIDS-related cause.
Friday, Sept. 21, people everywhere, both HIV positive and negative, can share an image of coping and care through the lens of a camera.
On that day, Positively Aware is asking people to take a digital photograph to record a moment of their day that will focus the world’s attention on the daily trials and triumphs of people living with HIV. For the third year A Day with HIV will help remove the stigma of HIV and to advance an international community of care through this collective photographic portrait.
That day anyone can record a special image, a time with friends and family, at work or play, or any moment in the day that helps people better understand how HIV impacts people, loved ones, colleagues and communities. Photos need to be submitted by Tuesday, Sept. 25 on the A Day with HIV Web site (adaywithhiv.com).
“We’re asking everyone affected by HIV, whether they are positive or negative, to share with all of us an image of their life that expresses what it means to live with HIV,” said Jeff Berry, editor of Positively Aware. “Their images, captured over a single day, will create a rich photographic tapestry of hope, strength and support.”
The final photos selected for the photo essay of A Day with HIV will be announced October and will be published in the November/December issue of Positively Aware magazine. Positively Aware will produce four covers for this special issue featuring a different photo from the essay.
To learn more about this year’s project, view last year’s winners and for tips on how to take a great photo, visit adaywithhiv.com v
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