Call For Entries For The UNFPA's "Family Of Woman" Photography Exhibit

CHEVY CHASE, MD  – Sue Wood, creative director for Wood Communications, has announced a Call For Entries for the photography exhibit "Family of Woman," a project of the U.S. Committee for the Untied Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The exhibit is used as a vehicle to raise awareness in the States of UNFPA's work. UNFPA provides reproductive health information and care, promotes women's rights, and prevents violence against women in more than 140 countries, and is the largest multilateral source of such assistance.

"'Family of Woman' uses photographs to explain the vast array of work UNFPA undertakes and the success of the programs," Wood said. "The exhibit will be at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California from April 12 through May 12, 2005. The opening event is a cocktail party whose honorary committee includes influential people in California's business, political, and entertainment arenas."

"We hope to have a showing of about 30 photographs. Wood Communications has been retained to curate the show," she said. "We are looking for beautiful photographs from professional photographers that will help show how women live around the world. These should be hopeful photographs, even when the subject matter is not always upbeat."

"For example, women in affluent countries consider agrarian work to be tedious and dull, but women's lives are usually not in a constant state of drudgery. We are really looking for images that portray the dignity of a woman. Specifically, we could use photographs of women in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the former Eastern bloc countries. Women could be urbanites, village dwellers, part of the majority, or members of a minority tribe. Portraits (close-up head and shoulder shots) are discouraged," Wood said.

Deadline for submitting photographs is March 4, 2005. Photographers who are interested in participating in the "Family of Woman" exhibit should contact Wood at +1.301.986.5309 or via eMail at [email protected] "For initial submission, low resolution scans and compressed files can be sent via eMail. Along with the photographs, a brief biography should be included," she said.

The U.S. Committee for the UNFPA and Wood Communications will select final images for the show. When final images are selected, they will require a high-resolution scan (burned to a CD-ROM), prints, and/or professional 35mm duplicate slides. "We will handle the printing and production costs for mounting the exhibit," Wood said.

"The U.S. Committee for the UNFPA intends to exhibit the images at the Pacific Design Center exhibit from April 12 to May 12, 2005. Our plan is to take this show to other cities in the United States (however there is nothing else scheduled at this time). But in order to keep our costs down and to avoid the hassles of re-organizing a new exhibit each year, we would like the right to exhibit these images in upcoming shows. Of course the photographer will receive a credit in the interpretive copy, which will be displayed alongside the photographs during the exhibit."

"We will not reproduce any of the images contributed to the show without the written permission of the photographer," Wood said in the Call For Entries. "We are producing a hand-out with biographies on all the photographers. We are also planning to promote the event in the local Los Angeles press. So we expect media to be at the show - if not at the actual opening on April 12 - then certainly at the show throughout the month."