Philosophical Photography Contest


The Rotman Institute of Philosophy  at Western University is again running its philosophical photography contest.

What do they mean by “philosophical photography?”

We’re looking for high-quality photos that somehow capture a philosophical idea, problem, theory, etc. All genres of photography can offer inspiration for philosophical issues: street photography, still life, abstract, landscape, close-up, portrait, documentary, architecture, experimental — anything goes, as long as there is a recognizable connection with a traditional philosophical topic…

Submissions will be judged on content, form, composition, and originality. Please note that we are not looking for photographs related to philosophy in general, but to philosophical topics themselves. A simple photograph of an effigy of Aristotle or a sign that reads “Philosophy” does bear some connection to philosophy, but it’s not about a philosophical topic itself—unless a case for it is made.

The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2018. Here are some of the rules:

  • Photos should be at least 1100 x 1500 pixels, and submitted as a JPEG attachment.
  • Each photo must be accompanied by a title and brief description (600 words max).
  • Limit 4 entries per person.
  • Entries should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line, “2nd annual philosophical photocontest entry”. Be sure to include your full name in the email.

The first place winner will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon.com. Full details here.

Here’s a post about last year’s winning photos.

Justin Weinberg, “Another Look From Another Angle”

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