Contest: Search for Common Ground Photos!

July 31, 2009

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international nonprofit organization helping people to deal with conflict in nonviolent ways: by understanding their differences, but acting on their commonalities. The premise is that what binds us together is stronger than what divides us. SFCG is partnering with the online video producer, Animoto, to launch a photo/slideshow contest that asks what common ground looks like.

Contestants will use their original photos, or find photos that answer the question, “What does common ground look like?” They will upload these images to the Animoto Website and select music to go with the photos. Animoto then automatically generates a unique video for them. No two videos are ever the same.Photos should focus on themes that exemplify the idea of common ground.

For example:

· bridging racial divides

· intergenerational relationships

· teamwork

· communities working together

· interfaith harmony

· diversity

· multiculturalism

· cooperation

The Prizes:

The top 3 finalists will have their videos featured on:

· the Search for Common Ground Website.

· the Animoto for a Cause Web page.

The first place winner will:

* win a Flip Video camcorder
* have their photo show played during the Common Ground Film Festival
* have their photo show played at the Common Ground Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Details:

Photos: Take new original photos, use old original photos, or find photos by others (these images must be found within the public domain at a site like or offered under a Creative Commons license.)

Registration: Sign up with Animoto for our contest and receive a code to make an Animoto music video free of charge:

Making the Show: Upload your photos to Animoto. You can choose music from Animoto’s music library, music in the public domain, or music offered under a Creative Commons license to go with your show. The piece of music must be in an mp3 format. You may consider adding text. Every sentence of text needs its own frame. Your show should be no shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than 4 minutes. Keep in mind that Animoto displays between 24 and 40 images per minute.

Credits: List the sources of your photos in the last slide of your show.

Submissions: Send an email with your name, phone number, address, email address, profession, and the link to your video to: . The submission deadline is August 21, 2009. Winners will be notified by October 1, 2009.