Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Ottawa Public Health youth Photovoice contest (closes April 19)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) officially launched the second Photovoice Youth Photography Contest at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. The contest encourages Ottawa residents aged 12 to 19 years to submit photos about health issues that affect youth in their community.

“Ottawa Public Health wants to hear from Ottawa’s youth. We want to see each neighbourhood and community through their lens,” said Councillor Mathieu Fleury, member of the Ottawa Board of Health. “We are looking forward to seeing the various submissions and hope many young residents will take this opportunity to voice their opinions through photography.”

The Photovoice contest runs from March 18 to April 19. Submissions can be entered in one of two categories: Active Transportation or General Health Issues. There are many prizes to be won, including a grand prize of $500 in cash.

In 2011, Ottawa Public Health received over 170 photo entries in the inaugural year of their Photovoice Contest. Photos from that contest were on display at various public spaces around the city and were used to inform youth programming at OPH.

“I was thrilled to participate in the Photovoice contest last year,” said Kayla Ackehurst-Richard, last year’s Photovoice contest winner. “Grab your camera and let your photos do the talking. You want to see change? You want to make our city a better place to live? This is your chance to be heard.”

Along with the photographs entered into the contest, youth are asked to send a short caption in the language of their choice to describe the health issue(s) in their photo.

All participants of the Photovoice Youth Photography Contest are invited to the May Board of Health meeting for the announcement of the 2013 winners and to view this year’s submissions. This special Board meeting will be held in the community at Jim Durrell Arena on May 6. All residents are invited to attend.

For more information on the 2013 Photovoice Youth Photography Contest, including full contest rules, go to ottawa.ca/health or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744. You can also follow OPH on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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