Hawaii Clear the Smoke Photo Project

Clear the Smoke is inviting local shutterbugs and photography fanatics to use their creativity to capture the effects of tobacco in Hawaii for the Clear the Smoke Photo Project.

From October 10, 2011 to December 10, 2011, photographers of all skill levels can submit their images which address the following topics:

  • How has tobacco use affected Hawaii or your community?
  • How has tobacco affected your family or friends?
  • How has tobacco affected you personally?

Thirty photos will be chosen by a selection panel and professionally displayed in a photography exhibit at The ARTS at Marks Garage in downtown Honolulu. The ARTS at Marks Garage has donated cash prizes that will be awarded to the top three highest scoring photos: first place – $300; second place – $150; third place – $50. The deadline to submit entries is December 10, 2011.

An opening reception will be hosted for the unveiling of the exhibit on Slow Art Friday, January 20, 2012. This exhibit will also become a traveling exhibit to be featured at different venues throughout Hawaii.

The ARTS at Marks Garage is a collaborative gallery, performance and office space for businesses and non-profit organizations aiming to transform downtown Honolulu with the power of the arts. Located in Chinatown and the Honolulu Arts and Cultural District, the gallery is visited by thousands of art enthusiasts each month.

“The Clear the Smoke Photo Project is our way of engaging everyone – smokers, non-smokers and former smokers – to help bring to life, through the lens of photography, how tobacco use affects us, our family friends, and the islands,” said Julian D. Lipsher, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Manager of the Hawaii State Department of Health. “Almost everyone knows someone who smokes or has been affected by tobacco somehow. We hope this event will bring into focus how our community is affected, and put a human face on this issue.”

Starting on October 10, 2011, photographers can submit their images to the Clear the Smoke Photo Project by following the instructions on www.clearthesmoke.org/photoproject.

Clear the Smoke is also on Twitter https://twitter.com/clearthesmoke and Facebook at www.facebook.com/clearthesmoke.

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