The Jewish Lens Shavuot 2012/5772 Photography Contest

The Jewish LensA program of The Jewish Lens and cosponsored by Hazon.

Students, fans and friends in grades 5-12, enter into our Shavuot Student Photography Contest!

The theme is Making a Difference.

We invite you to take photographs of people doing good deeds or scenes that inspire people to make a change. Couple these photos with a Jewish text and your commentary that explains the ideal you are sharing.

The winners of the first two prizes will be the photographs with the most ‘Likes’!  Another prize will be awarded by our official panel of judges. The judges will look at how well the photograph and commentary match the theme, the seriousness and depth of the entry, and how well Jewish values are incorporated into the entry.

The contest will run from May 14th, 2012 to June 11th, 2012.

First Place: A digital camera (value of $150)

Second Place: A gift card (value of $100)

Judge’s Prize: A gift card (value of $100)

** If you have won a previous contest, you are ineligible to win again.  We still encourage students to share their photographs and commentary and to vote for their friends!

TJL is happy to co-sponsor this contest with Hazon, America’s largest Jewish environmental group which aims to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.


** One photograph entry per participant.  You must be in grades 5-12 to participate. If you do not have a Facebook profile, you can enter under another person’s profile, just make sure to give your name and age as part of the description.

  1. Become a fan of The Jewish Lens by clicking ‘Like’ at the top of our page.
  2. Post your photo on our wall! Under ‘Share’ at the top, click ‘Photo’. Upload your submission along with
    • your name, age and hometown
    • Jewish text, and
    • a description (no more than 100 words) of how the photograph illustrates the theme.
  3. You may vote by clicking ‘Like’ for as many other photos as you would like.
  4. Invite your friends and family to join so that they can vote too!

Good luck!
[myquote author=”Benjamin R., 16, Pheonix, AZ”]
I chose this picture because of the double meaning. From a photography standpoint, the presence of shadow and contrast helps give this composition a dark feel. It was taken during Congregation Beth Israel’s annual Mitzvah Day on a trip to downtown Phoenix where families helped rid the streets of unwanted graffiti. It demonstrates the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam and our challenge as Jews to eradicate darkness from our world.

For inspiration, take a look at this photo from Benjamin R., who received the Judge’s Prize during the Channukah contest, or some of the other winning photographs and recent Tu B’Shvat photos.


** By participating in the contest, you give TJL permission to use and publish your image and text in our materials.

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