- October 10, 2012
- 12:01 am
- Ashton Mitchell
November marks the celebration of Ignatian Heritage Month and it’s getting kicked off with a FLASH!
On October 12, Loyola is launching a 24-hour photography contest for faculty, staff, and students in honor of the patron saint of Loyola University Chicago, St. Ignatius.
During the “Loyola 24 Photography Contest” participants will have exactly 24 hours, starting at midnight and running until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 12, to take photos that represent three of the seven Jesuit traditions. The three categories chosen exemplify Jesuit values and are finding God in all things, men and women for and with others, and contemplation in action. The criteria for the photo contest is meant to pay homage to St. Ignatius and his living legacy.
Heather Eidson, Loyola’s multimedia producer, says the idea for the 24-hour contest spawned from “America 24/7,” a collection of photos that tens of thousands of Americans took over the course of a week that offers a peek into ordinary American life. Eidson partnered with Chris Murphy, director of mission formation and pastoral care at Loyola, to adapt the idea of a day-long photography contest for Loyola’s Ignatian Heritage Month. Eidson says the criteria for Loyola 24 was based on the Jesuit values that people could solidly grasp with a camera.
“Anyone can take a great photo; it comes down to being at the right place at the right time,” she says. “It only takes one image to be moved, so we’re looking forward to seeing what everyone captures.”
The winner of Loyola 24 will be announced November 1, the start of Ignatian Heritage Month. The grand prize includes a feature of their work on the Ignatian Heritage Month website and a $150 American Express gift card. Participants have until October 19 to submit their photos (however, the photos must have been taken on October 12) and may enter up to 10 images.