Google Photography Prize

Great art deserves great exposure. Google think so too and are teaming up with  Saatchi Gallery, London, to offer student photographers around the globe a chance to showcase their work on the worldwide stage through the Google Photography Prize .

This will give students around the world a chance to showcase their photos on Google+, as well as have their work exhibited on the world wide stage. If you are a student aged 18 years or older then this contest is for you. You stand the chance to have your work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London and go on a once-in-a-lifetime photography trip to a destination of your own choice with a professional photography coach.

Google is challenging you to come up with photographs that will make them laugh, cry, listen, hop on a plane, start a conversation, or start a revolution. Process is simple, pick from one of the 10 categories below and submit up to 8 of your best shots;

  • Me : Show  images that best capture you — moments with friends and family, dancing with your dog, or your favorite pair of beat-up sneakers
  • Food: Shots that tantalize — from mouthwatering ingredients to dishes to die for.
  • Travel : Take us there with photos of your travels that give us a sense of place and culture.
  • Fashion : Here’s your chance to stroll the catwalk and reveal your fashion sense.
  • Action : Action takes many forms—whether it’s the raw speed of a racetrack or the gentle ripple of a waterbug on a still pond.
  • Street : Capture the urban vibe with big city boulevards, tree-lined avenues, or the street where you live.
  • Sport : Bring your A game. Show us the passion, excitement, and athleticism of sport.
  • Night : Keep us in the dark or light up the night. Any natural night view is eligible.
  • Sound/Silence : What does sound look like? Can you show us in a photo?
  • Point of View: Document what is happening now – from protests to celebrations.

The Contest begins at 08:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) Zone in the United States on 10 November 2011 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. PT on January 31, 2012

For more information about the competition, visit the Google Photography Prize webpage

11Eleven Project

Most of us on Fridays are usually planning for a night out at the movies, partying or some just want a quiet evening indoors. On unique dates though, wherever we are, we always log into our social media accounts and share our experiences. 11/11/11 will be no different…well not quite. This year, the 11Eleven project will be happening and it has been dubbed ”A day in the life of the World” for charity purposes. We at Africa Knows are giving our support to the 11Eleven Project and are rallying to have our friends participate in it. Here is a brief of what the project is about.

 On 11/11/11, humanity will be invited to participate in the largest collaborative storytelling event in human history. On this auspicious day, anyone in the world who has access to any recording device will be asked to capture their lives through film, photography, music, sound and text. It’s quintessentially “a day in the life of the world” told by the people of earth.

Post the date, participants will submit their creations to the 11Eleven Project team, who will then filter and curate the work and turn it into a few different projects, including a book series, world music collection and a documentary film. The narrative of the project will be guided by 11 key topics given to participants to inspire their creativity. These topics are:

  • Faith
  • Beginnings
  • Heart Break
  • Make a Wish
  • Darkness
  • Beauty
  • Routine
  • Water
  • Courage
  • Play

The last component to be released will be the feature-length documentary film. It will be
screened on the 21st September 2012 – International Day of Peace. The film will be made available to all people – for free – and will be shown in public spaces such as universities, urban screens, town halls and community spaces.

All the profits raised from the project will go to supporting charities aligned with the United
Nations Millennium Development Goals – these charities include the World Wildlife Fund, The Hunger Project, Save The Children and Global Voices. Currently the 11Eleven Project is available in multiple languages, with traction in 119 countries and holds partnerships with 131 universities. The entire project is being run through volunteer passion, bringing people from all walks of life together, to unite the world on 11/11/11.

A major objective of the project is to raise significant amounts of money and awareness for some of the greatest problems currently facing humanity. These include hunger, environmental sustainability, gender equality, poverty, education and maternal health. The 11Eleven Project is an artistic venture that aims to explore our di erences and recognise our similarities.

Its purpose is to bring individuals together, lift man made boundaries, shatter misconceptions and open a universal narrative that brings about positive communication and pro active engagement between all people.

For a PDF download of the brief:11_onepage

Here are 11 easy steps in PDF format to make the project a smooth process: 11 steps to the 11Eleven Project

Visit the 11Eleven Project website for more information.

A Violin Plays

Soft strings play to kindle emotion,

A wave is born out in the ocean,

And the violin plays.

A nightingale sings to an evening breeze.

And autumn undresses the trees of their leaves.

And the violin plays.

Two lovers meet and fill a womb,

While friends are laid in an earthen tomb

And the violin plays.

Guns speak out in a land far away,

As a politician smiles, he’s had his say.

And the violin plays.

A child cries in the early dawn.

As the statistics note, another orphan born,

And the violin plays.

A seed gives way to a slender stem,

Two hands reach out, eyes meet, and then,

The violin plays.

All things must pass and begin to fade,

The violin plays until the strings are frayed,

Then the violin its last note has played.

Poetry by One2getno