The Parish Partnership Program, part of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology’s Institute for Christian Spirituality, is holding a photography contest that will run through January 2007. Titled “The True, the Good and the Beautiful,” the contest allows students to use their artistic talents, while providing opportunities for theological reflection.
Students may submit no more than two photos depicting what they feel is true, good and beautiful in their Catholic parishes. Each photo must be accompanied by an entry form, as well as a brief essay not longer than one page explaining how the photo illustrates “The True, the Good and the Beautiful” within their parish communities.
The contest is open to three age groups: 13-16, 17-20 and 21-24. Each age group will be awarded the following prizes:
- 1st prize: $500
- 2nd prize: $250
- 3rd prize: $100
- Three honorable mentions: $50 each
A matching prize will also be awarded to the student’s parish.
All awards will be presented during a ceremony held at Walsh Gallery on March 15, 2007. Winning entries will be displayed in Walsh Gallery; the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.; and the National Museum of Catholic Art and History, New York City.
Diane Carr, Parish Partnership Program Coordinator, believes that the contest will take students’ knowledge and understanding of their faith to a higher level. “By encouraging students to recognize the Catholic faith in their everyday lives, we’re teaching them that faith isn’t just something that exists for an hour every Sunday,” says Carr. “We’re trying to get them to really see God’s thumb print in their communities.”
The deadline for submission is January 31, 2007. For more information, including rules and guidelines for submitting an entry, or to download an entry form, click here. You may also call (973) 313-6329 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.