Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr Contest Rules


In conjunction with the exhibition Kenro Izu: Sacred Places, the Detroit Institute of Arts is organizing an online photo contest that invites DIA visitors, the online community, and the general public to submit photos that capture their interpretation of sacred Detroit. Exhibition curators Nancy Barr and Amelia Chau, as well as Kyohei Abe, professor of photography at the College for Creative Studies, will review and comment on a selection of the submissions in a blog. The winner of the contest will receive prizes, including a signed copy of Izu’s Bhutan: The Sacred Within, two front-row seats to Izu’s lecture on September 14, 2008, admission for two to the post-lecture strolling supper, and a DIA Companion Membership. There will be an additional prize given to the second place photo including a signed copy of Bhutan as well as a DIA Companion Membership.


To enter, upload your photo to the Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr Group page. In the description section, be sure to include your artist statement (maximum 100 words) and tag your photo with “Detroit’s Sacred Places”.


This contest also celebrates the reopening of the Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography at the DIA.


  • From dilapidated to brand new, from industrial to organic, Detroit is brimming with interesting places. Considering the exhibition Kenro Izu: Sacred Places  and your own interpretation of “sacred,” please submit a photograph that captures “Detroit’s Sacred Places.”


  • Photographers are allowed to submit one photograph that captures “Detroit’s Sacred Places.” An artist statement is required as part of the submission. The statement (maximum 100 words) should describe how the submitted image pertains to the contest’s theme, “Detroit’s Sacred Places.” Please include any photography technique(s) you would like to highlight. The artist statement should be included in the description portion of your upload.


  • Submitted images must be in .jpg format and no larger than 20MB (3000 x 3000 pixels and 300 dpi) opened. Please make sure your image has a file extension of .jpg prior to uploading.


  • Images should be unmodified. Please do not submit photomontages, double exposures, or photos with alterations, such as borders, watermarks, or added text.


  • Please submit images that are true photography. Photos of paintings, screenshots, and illustrations will not be accepted.


  • Photographs must be submitted electronically via Flickr and tagged with “Detroit’s Sacred Places”.         


  • Submissions are due September 3, 2008


  • By submitting an image to “Detroit’s Sacred Places” contest, you affirm you are the creator and rightful owner of this image. In addition, you agree to allow the DIA to use the image in museum and/or promotional materials.


Blog Header Image:

Kenro Izu, born Japan; Borobudur (detail), Java, 1996; platinum palladium print on watercolor paper. © Kenro Izu. Courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery


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