Beginning with the second COMPAS program on the relationship between the public and the private, the Center for Ethics and Human Values has held a Photo Contest in conjunction with each of its COMPAS programs. Photography provides a unique medium with with we can approach and encounter the conversations the COMPAS program seeks to facilitate. Below are details for the upcoming Inequality contest, as well as the winning photographs for the Sustainability and Public/Private photo contests.
When many people think about inequality, they think of economic inequality—inequality in wealth and income. However, it is important to also examine the causes, significance, and effects of political, legal, and health inequality, the relationships between these forms of inequality, and their connections with race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and LGBTQ status. These different dimensions of inequality can often be difficult to connect with, especially when we do not experience them firsthand. A photograph can change this. A photograph can force us to confront the inequalities that we often overlook, providing the knowledge and motivation needed to foster change. In addition to their general aesthetic merit, submissions will be judged on the ways in which the photographs explore issues related to the COMPAS theme.
1st Place: Ingrid Raphael, "The March to the Capitol"
3rd Place: Nall Moonilall, "Low Yielding Maize"
Honorable Mention: Chris Baggott, "Outside the Walls"
1st Place: Julie Rae Powers, "Cultural* Decor"
2nd Place: Adam Brown, "Silence"
Co-1st Place: Holly Curry, "Twenty-One"
Co-1st Place: Holly Curry, "80 Cents on the Dollar"
2nd Place: Jason Joseph, "Separation"
3rd Place: Yu Tsumura, "In a Cage"
Perhaps the greatest cultural, economic, and technological challenge facing modern democracies and global development groups is how to respond to the depletion of natural resources and the effects of climate change. The health of the planet as well as the future shape of human society is at stake, and a photograph can tell these compelling stories like no other medium. A photograph can show us the wonders of our planet that are at stake. A photograph can show us the harsh realities we face as those wonders begin to disappear. Perhaps most importantly, a photograph can show us what we have accomplished and explore solutions to the challenges facing us. In addition to their general aesthetic merit, submissions were judged on the ways in which the photographs explore issues related to the COMPAS theme.
While photography can be a private art form, traditions of photojournalism and photography as public art illustrate its relevance for public matters. The two come together when, for example, per-sonal grief in the face of tragedy ends up on the front pages of newspapers. In addition to their aesthetic merit, submissions were judged on the ways in which they illuminate the themes of personal privacy and publicity, public and private in the political and economic senses, and how they interact.
1st Place: Amy Powell, "Cuffs"
2nd Place: Theodore Zanardelli, "vision, mudslide, shadow, clump (no. 3)"
3rd Place: David Wai, "Kids will be Kids"
Honorable Mention: Parker Dudzik, "Road to Recovery"
Honorable Mention: Amy Powell, "Airplane Dog"