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Jews for Judaism Photo Contest to Award $500

by Ryan Torok

May 30, 2012 | 11:34 am

Jews for Judaism, whose focus is on education, is looking for students to enter its second annual photography contest. The winner will receive $500, or a prize of equal value.

Submissions should reflect “Expressions of Judaism,” specifically how Judaism manifests in the day-to-day public or professional lives of students. “We wanted to do something proactively engaging students,” said Rabbi Zalman Kravitz, education director at Jews for Judaism International.

The contest is part of Jews for Judaism’s student leadership initiative, Be-True, which helps students combat Christian proselytizing.

Participants of the contest must be in middle school, high school or college, and anyone can vote. For the first round, voters will be able to vote for their choices online and can vote as many times as they want for the same person’s work. Judging in this first round will be based on number of votes, but a panel will
decide the final winners based on content, quality and creativity. Second and third place win $250 and $180, respectively.

Photography is a perfect medium for the contest because the smartphone, apps and social networking have made it more user-friendly, Kravitz said. “It’s just the way young people are communicating today.”

The deadline for entry is June 7. To sign up, visit be-true.org.

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