Photos that capture the concept of democracy

August 18, 2010 | By Joyce McClure | Creative, News

Getty Images and Bridges to Understanding are honored to be among a strong group of partners supporting the Democracy Photo Challenge, a public-private partnership with the U.S. State Department. The project invites people around the world to complete the phrase, “Democracy is..” with their photo.

(A wonderful photo from Getty Images that captures the spirit of democracy)

The Democracy Photo Challenge received nearly 3,000 entries from people in 131 countries.  A series of judges reviewed every entry and narrowed the field to 36 finalists, representing 6 regions of the world.

Now it’s the online public’s turn to vote and choose the top 12 winning images.  Beginning today and running unti August 26, you, your friends, family and colleagues can participate by voting here.

Jury co-chair Phil Borges, founder of Bridges to Understanding and a contributing photographer with Getty Images, says, “This challenge brought together people from all over the world, some in countries with democratic government but many, not.  They all expressed their ideals and dreams, as well as concerns and realities, using the power of the lens to reveal their unique approach to the subject.  The response was tremendous and the image quality is extraordinary.  The scope and breadth of the work also exemplifies how much the digital revolution has democratized the media and photography.”

Please vote and help select the winners, who will be announced on the UN’s International Day of Democracy, September 15 and the winning photographs will be displayed at the UN in New York.

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