The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult Protective Services (APS) has launched a photography contest to raise awareness about the ‘Beauty of Frailty.’ The contest is open to all photographers in Oklahoma over age 14 and entries will be accepted from March 15 to May 1, 2016. Entry form and contest documents – including contest rules – are available at CommunityAPS@okdhs.org.
“The goal of the photography contest is to change the perception of what it means to be frail in Oklahoma,” said Gail Wettstein, DHS APS Director. “We invite all amateur and professional photographers to use their cameras to show us the beauty of frailty. It could be someone in their own family or a colleague or friend whose image evokes a sense of courage, determination, and strength that can be found among some of our most vulnerable citizens.”
There is no fee to enter the contest and entries will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and an artist. First, second, and third prize winners will be recognized at a special event on June 17, 2016 at DC on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City. Winners will each receive certificates and their work will be used in DHS publications. Honorable Mention winners will have their work displayed in a traveling photography exhibit at various locations across the state.
Sponsors of the contest include DHS Adult Protective Services, Bedford Camera and Video, DC on Film Row, Caeli’s Sweets and Eats, and the DHS Office of Community and Faith Engagement.