Snap that shot

A photo contest will be held in order to help improve Montreal health   conditions

By Katrina Tortorici

For the second year in a row, Youth Branch of Doctors of the World Canada is organizing a photo contest in order to promote Doctors of the World values to young people from ages 12 to 30.

This year’s theme is Mutual Aid Here and Abroad. Participants are encouraged to snap shots of moments of mutual aid that they witness or take part in and send in two photos to enter in the contest, each accompanied by a short text of approximately 250 words that relates to the theme.

A first, second and third prize will be awarded. The first prize is a one-day session with a professional photo journalist, the second prize is the World Press Photo 2010 book, and the third prize is a gift certificate to a photography store or a subscription to National Geographic.

The deadline to submit photos has been moved from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8. The photo exposition will then be held on Oct 22, followed by a conference on “Project Montreal” – a project created in 1999 by Doctors of the World that will help improve health conditions for the fraction of the population in Montreal that is omitted from the health care system.

“This Youth Branch is established in Montreal only for the moment, and it is the only Youth Branch existing throughout all of the Doctors of the World organizations in the world,” Catherine Ji, organizer of the second edition of the photo contest, said. Doctors of the World believe that any person, regardless of their social standing or any personal conditions, should have access to healthcare.

Founded in 2009 by McGill Med students David-Martin Milot and Marie-Renée Lajoie, Youth Branch of Doctors of the World Canada is the first of its kind among all the Doctors of the World international network. In order to emphasize its purpose and values, it arranges not only activities like this photo contest but other events that continue to involve those who want to lend a hand, such as fundraisers for Haiti and lectures on international health topics.

The standards to enter the contest are glossy paper (a minimum size of 8 ½ x 11 inches), a minimum resolution of 72 DPI, and black and white or colour prints are accepted, as well as film or digital. Photos and contact information are to be sent at aj@medecinsdumonde.ca or 338 Sherbrooke East, Mtl, Qc. H2X1E6.

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