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JIS launches photo contest for students

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has launched its inaugural Heritage Photo Competition under the theme, 'I am a Sports Champion'. Students attending tertiary-level institutions are invited to submit entries depicting the theme.

The photo competition will complement the agency's annual heritage essay and poster competitions. All three competitions will be open for submissions on Monday, September 5 and will close on Sunday, November 6. Special projects manager and chair of the Planning Committee, Andrine Davidson, explained that with this being an Olympic year, when the interest in various sports is high, it is a fitting time to launch the competition.




"Our sportsmen and women have, over decades, performed outstandingly and their names and achievements are known all over the world. For the inaugural Heritage Photo Competition, we are asking photo enthusiasts to seek out and capture images of champions in the making and great sporting moments at the community, club or other levels.We want the images to reflect the spirit and strength of Jamaica's potential and prowess in sports," Davidson said.

Entrants are advised to pay attention to the local sports calendar over the coming weeks with a view to shooting exciting photographs of sporting champions in action in any field. Photographs submitted will be adjudged on interpretation of the topic, originality, composition, technique and impact. Any registered tertiary-level student attending an accredited Jamaican institution is eligible to submit an entry.




Entries for the Heritage Poster Competition may be submitted in one of two categories - graphic designs and illustrations. Posters will be judged on interpretation of the topic, originality, creativity, artistry and presentation. The topic for the poster competition is 'Jamaica's Rich Sporting Heritage'. Graphic posters should include no other image but those provided on the JIS website through Dropbox, and all pieces must be submitted by filling out the entry form on the website:

Meanwhile, the sixth staging of the agency's Heritage Essay Competition will require primary-level students from nine to 12 years old to write an original essay on this year's topic: 'Who is Your Favourite Jamaican Sportsman or Sportswoman and Why?'. The essay competition requires the child to write a 400-500-word piece, which will be judged on relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of research data, writing style and language skills.

For further details, contact Christine Ade-Gold at 926-3590-4 Ext. 2137/2132, email: or or