Congratulations this week goes to Jenny Hand who’s photo this week received the most votes. As World AIDS Day is approaching, Jenny said she wanted to include the symbol of the day and decided to contrast it against the white of a sperm keyring she has. Well done Jenny! Her image will be added to the winners of this and the next 3 Shooting Challenges where an overall winner will be decided and a prize given.
Our other entrant this week is from Zoe Van-De-Velde, featuring a biblical theme with Eve biting into the forbidden fruit and a green ribbon representing the snake.
WEEK 5: HIV Testing Week!
Our theme this week is slightly different, in that we’re not specifying a particular photographic technique to use. If you’ve been following our shooting challenge you’ll see we haven’t had many entries and that’s ok, it is of course for fun and we feel that some people may be put off by adhering to a photo technique. So this week, to encourage more entrants, you can use whatever technique you like! HOWEVER, in keeping with our ever present HIV and Sexual Health theme, we would like you to photograph “HIV Testing”
It’s currently HIV Testing Week and LASS are planning a number of events in Leicester to mark it’s third anniversary.
National HIV Testing Week was established by HIV Prevention England in 2012, in a bid to reduce high levels of undiagnosed and late-diagnosed HIV among gay and bisexual men and Africans in England. In 2013, there were an estimated 1250 people living with HIV in Leicester & Leicestershire, one in five of whom remain undiagnosed and therefore more likely to pass the virus on unwittingly.
You do not need to be a photographer to join into this competition (and if your a student of the art, we’d love to see your ideas and pictures)! Almost everyone has a camera on their phone, everyone is capable of taking photographs – we’d like to tap into this, get creative with the gear you already have, it’s not about the tech, it’s about YOU!
Simply photograph anything you feel is related to a HIV Test. You could be literal, conceptual, funny, clever, thought provoking, depressive, emotive, sexy, it’s all about what you can come up with, and who knows, you could win!
Clearly, you can see this shot didn’t take a lot of time, there are creases in the background, the colour is very slightly off and not all of the scene is in focus. Yet you can still see elements of clinical procedure here, perhaps the aftermath of a test, (or failed test as there is no blood in the test tube)*
There’s no technique this week and this example demonstrates you can create a photograph using objects around you. Sure, at LASS we have the advantage of latex gloves, a test tube, rack and a plaster and we’re sure you’ll be able to find items around the home or provide a much better image than this one so why not give it a try? Tom & Chaz decided upon and shot this image within 2 minutes to demonstrate it doesn’t take a lot of time to get your picture, once you have your idea.
*(LASS Rapid HIV Tests do not need test tube amounts of blood, it’s a simple finger prick)
- Follow the brief
- Send your best photos by 6PM on Sunday 30th November 2014 with “Shooting Challenge” in the subject to email@example.com and we’ll announce the winner on World AIDS Day, (1st December 2014) as we set the theme for next week’s shooting challenge.
- Submissions must be your own work.
- Photos must be taken after the challenge was published; so no existing shots please.
- Explain briefly in your submission email the equipment, settings, technique used and the story behind the image/images.
- We will of course credit you so if you have a website or twitter handle, let us know! – If you’re happy for us to use the images elsewhere on our site – do let us know!
- Save your image as a JPG, and use the following naming convention FirstnameLastnameEasy.jpg
- Anyone can enter, regardless of camera gear, or location!
- The most important rule — HAVE FUN!