Enterprising photographers who love Jerusalem, this photo contest is for you.
Hosted by GuruShots, an online gaming platform for both amateur and professional photographers, JerusaLENS will hand out $10,000 in cash prizes for photos taken at any time, and from any angle, showing off Jerusalem to the world and then shared on social media with the hashtag #JerusaLENS.
The first phase, until February 28, includes joining the contest, and then uploading photos (there’s a limit of four per photographer). The second phase is from March 1 until March 19, when voters can choose their favorite photos.
As of Thursday, February 16, 5,240 photos had been submitted out of a 50,000 goal.
This particular photo challenge is sponsored by KKL-JNF Israel, JNF-USA (which is putting up the cash prize), the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Jerusalem and Heritage Affairs, as well as the Government Press Office, and with the support of HP and PICO Venture Partners.
The prize-winning categories include top photographer, who will win $5,000 for receiving the most votes for a submitted set of four photos; a top photo winner prize of $2,250, awarded to the participant who receives the most votes for a single photo; and the Guru’s top pick, a $2,250 prize whose photo is chosen by the Challenge Guru experts.
There will be a first prize of $500 for the ‘Young’ Instagram category.
Contest winners who don’t live in Israel will be flown to the country and hosted for five days.
The contest’s Challenge Guru mentor is renowned photographer David Rubinger, joined by mentors and local photographers Rina Castelnuovo, Ziv Koren, Gally Tibon and Avi Ohayon.
The 100 top-ranked photos will be shown in a spring 2017 exhibit at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill.