This photo contest was inspired by a quote by the Gordon Parks who was a champion in the fight for social justice and racial equity. His weapons of choice was a camera to fight against racism, discrimination, and poverty. Photographers were invited to capture the essence of one of the concepts and share one or two sentences on what inspired their photo.
Winners of the Gordon Parks Museum “Social Justice, Diversity, and Equity” photo contest, sponsored by Merl Humphrey Photography, have been chosen. Fifteen entries were received and the winner of First Place was ‘Yasser Alaa Mobarak’ (Alexandria, Egypt.) with the photo titled “Peace.” Second Place was Karen Cayce (Wichita, KS) with the photo “A “Grand” Family!.” Third Place was Noelle Griffin (Leawood, KS) with the photo, “Leading the March.”
There were 3 Honorable Mentions named: “Everyone have same authority and priority.” by Mandar Phirke (Maharashtra, India.); “Searching For Justice.” by “Karen Cayce (Wichita, KS); and Still Standing.” by Noelle Griffin (Leawood, KS). First, Second, and Third place winners received cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 respectively.
Judges for the competition were Merl Humphrey, Kassie Fugate-Cate, and Tammy Helm.
We would like to thank Merl Humphrey for the support of the contest this year, the judges and all of the photographers that submitted photos for this year’s contest. Below are the photos: