University of Iowa News Release
June 1, 2006
UI Photo-Essay Contest Deadline Extended
Organizers of "The Animals Among Us," a photo and essay contest open to all Iowans, have extended the deadline for submissions until June 15. The contest seeks photographs accompanied by short essays exploring the relationship between Iowa's people and animals. The photos and essays will be judged in two separate competitions, one for K-12 students and another for adults. The winning entries will tour throughout the state of Iowa in 2007.
Iowans may submit their photos and essays online at http://www.uiowa.edu/obermann/animals. Participants can also e-mail mailto:email@example.com for a printed entry form.
Each participant is welcome to send one photo and essay by Thursday, June 15. The essay, in no more than 250 words, should describe the significance of the photo image and reflect on the pictured animals and the writer's relationship to the animals.
"The Animals Among Us" project asks Iowans to consider the many ways that they depend on animals and animals depend on them. One of the goals of the contest is to inspire Iowans to reflect not only on their pets, but also on farm animals, wild animals, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects.
Two separate exhibitions will feature the winning entries beginning in October 2006. The Old Capitol Museum will host the adult photographs and essays; the Iowa Children's Museum will display the children's winning entries. All winning photographs and essays will also travel to museums, schools and libraries across Iowa beginning in January 2007.
UI faculty members at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies are coordinating the contest as part of their ongoing study of the role that animals play in culture and society.
"We hope that the competition and upcoming exhibitions start important conversations about the roles of animals in the lives of Iowans and draw attention to the quality of life issues that humans and animals share," said Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English and Obermann Center Scholar.
The six Obermann Center faculty members coordinating the project include: co-organizers Mangum and Jane Desmond (American studies and International Programs); Kim Marra (American studies and theatre arts); Mary Trachsel (rhetoric); Pamela Trimpe (Old Capitol Museum and Museum of Natural History); and Ed Wassermann (psychology). All are faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The organizers are also planning additional programming throughout fall 2006. Plans include an animal film series, hands-on programming and formal presentations.
"The Animals Among Us" contest is sponsored by a grant from the UI Office of the President as part of the Year of Public Engagement. UI President David J. Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the University community is intensifying its efforts and sharpening its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national and international levels. More information is online, http://www.ype.uiowa.edu/
OTHER INFORMATION: http://www.uiowa.edu/obermann/animals