Photo competition Palliative Care 2013 - call for international submissions

Photo competition 2013 of the German Palliative Care Foundation - call for submissions

Theme: "Enjoy life. To the very end." / Closing date for submissions is 15 March 2013

FULDA. Humour is one of the greatest things in life. It is frequently expressed as an enjoyment of life, still present at the end of that life. Vitality conveys and disseminates a lightness that is beneficial to sick people. Consequently, jokes and laughter are also present at the death bed. "Because patients with good palliative care can enjoy life right to the very end," says Thomas Sitte, Chairman of the Board of the Deutsche PalliativStiftung (DPS). And it is precisely this which the foundation intends as the focus of its photo competition this year, with the chosen theme "Enjoy life. To the very end."

This is the third time that the foundation is initiating a national photo competition, with the objective to enhance perception of the important work of volunteers and staff in hospice and palliative establishments in the awareness of the public and to show that, with good palliative care, those concerned can live right until the end and die in contentment, without pain and safe in their familiar surroundings.

"In the past two years our photo competitions, the resultant wall calendars and accompanying photo exhibitions have enabled us to achieve a great deal. New sections of the population have rethought what it means when life comes to an end. We now want to stimulate this thought process further. Life can be made enjoyable and worthy of living right to the very end. This is something that everyone should know and we aim to contribute to this and encourage people with our activities," says Sitte.

Funny, life-affirming and humorous motifs

For its project the DPS is once again looking for a broad range of photographs – the motifs should be cheerful, humorous and life affirming, depicting both people and still life scenes. Once again, the goal is to create a calendar using the most expressive pictures.

We call upon all amateur and part-time photographers who are involved in the practical work of palliative care and hospice activities or are interested in the subject, as well as relatives and friends accompanying a well-loved person on their final journey. Professional photographers may also participate in the competition. Closing date for submissions is Friday, 15 March 2013.

Submit photos using the picture tool

Pictures should be in jpg. format, landscape format and have a minimum resolution of 2480 x 1860 pixels. The photos can be submitted to the foundation for the competition using a picture tool. All pictures will be accepted, however, if the resolution of the photo is not sufficient for participation in the competition, the participant will be informed via e-mail.

A jury will select the three winning motifs that it considers to be most original and best photographed. In addition, the jury will also select the remaining pictures for the Deutscher PalliativKalender 2014.

But what a photo competition be without a prize? The three winners will receive 700, 500 and 300 euros from the Deutsche PalliativStiftung for a charitable hospice or palliative care facility of their choice.  

With the submission of their photos the participants declare their agreement to the publication of the photo on the internet as well as in the print media (in particular in the photo calendar, in press articles and in flyers). In addition, after the competition the pictures can be used by those involved in hospice and palliative work for their public relations. The pictures are provided in a download area for this purpose. The name of the respective photographer must be published as source in the event of use. The submitter also assures that the picture motif does not infringe the rights of third parties or that the Deutsche PalliativStiftung receives all rights with the submission of the photo.

Winners will be informed via e-mail. The decision of the jury is final.

Thomas Sitte
Chairman of the Board
German Palliativ Care Foundation (Deutsche PalliativStiftung) 

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