Hope in Shadows Vote 2024-25
For the past 22 years, Megaphone vendors and storytellers from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside have taken part in the Hope in Shadows photography contest. Using single-use film cameras, photo contest participants capture images of their communities and submit them for a chance to be featured in the annual Hope in Shadows calendar. 

In May, more than 100 people came out to participate in the Hope in Shadows photo contest, attending photo workshops before receiving their single-use cameras and hitting the streets. 

Megaphone received over 2000 photos for this year's contest, which a community jury narrowed down to just 30 finalists (see below). These top 30 photographs showcase this year's theme, "Snapshot - A Moment in Time" and offer an intimate look into what matters most to Megaphone vendors, storytellers and peers. 

Megaphone's Hope in Shadows calendar is sold by Megaphone vendors on the streets of Vancouver. Vendors buy each calendar for $10 and sell them for $20, keeping the profit and earning a meaningful income. 

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Having a hard time deciding? There is a lot to look for in each photo. To find one that speaks to you, consider some of the things we ask our jury to look for: the visual, as well as the story.

Visually: Is it creative? Beautiful? Well-framed? Colourful? Artistic?

And in terms of the story: What does the photo tell us? What questions does it raise? Why might this photograph be important, and to whom?

The best photos are both visually stunning and rich in story, and some are strongest in one or the other. This project is rooted in creating space for people experiencing poverty to tell their own stories, through their own lens. Hope in Shadows shows the beauty, joy, friendship, and hope that exist alongside the hardship in the lives of people impacted by poverty.

The 2024/25 calendar will launch in October 2024 in Vancouver. Stay tuned.  

You may vote for 3 photos at most. ONE VOTE PER PERSON! Happy viewing!
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