Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart announces winners of "$1.50 A Day" Photo Competition

The International “Dollar Fifty A Day” Photo Competition challenging photographers to interpret what it would mean to live below the extreme poverty line, has announced the winners, one of whom will appear on Ovation television network.
Winning Entry - Portrait on Black by Claudia Hung
Winning Entry - Portrait on Black by Claudia Hung
May 27, 2011 - PRLog -- Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart was charged with the difficult task of selecting 10 winners from over 500 entries, which came from all over the world. He comments:

"It was a tough decision to make with such a variety of extraordinary entries. I chose images which I thought had the most artistic merit and which sought to interpret the theme in a unique way. I am truly inspired to see so many artists who are engaged with social issues in this way"

Top Ten were:
1. Elisa Willis - Play
2. Jennifer Willmore - Keller Port
3. Sreeroop Sundar - Waiting for Long
4. Seth Wood - Poverty is an Island
5. Katie Park - With Nothing Left
6. John Estep - Below the Line Behind the Fence
7. Christina - New Affordable Housing
8. Basil Salomon Helfenstein - Aesthetics of Less
9. Wade Griffith - Man in a Box
10. Claudia Hung - Portrait on Black  

The winning entries are displayed at http://dollarfiftyaday.com Campaign Manager Anna Reeves comments:

"We were overwelmed by the number of entries from all parts of the globe - including photographers showing us places they live where extreme poverty is prevalent. This was a great education tool."

The top 10 photographers will have their work curated by Jeremy Cowart at a special exhibition in New York on May 31rd, 2011 as part of a Livestream event featuring actress and activist Olivia Wilde,  renowned development economist, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Global Poverty Project founder, Hugh Evans, discussing the road map to end extreme poverty. http://seetheend.org.

The Competition also featured a ”most liked” category where photographs could be judged by their peers on the number of “likes”. The three “most liked” photos garnering over 1000 votes were:

1.   Jerayha Maria Boyd – Hard Times
2.   Kirk Chambers - Safe Water
3.    Tony Chavez – Lt Daniel Wise

Each will go in the running to appear on the Ovation television network, the premiere arts channel – the chance to feature on the popular My ArtSpot, which has launched the careers of many artists.

The online photo competition is part of a broader worldwide campaign to raise awareness about extreme poverty called Live Below the Line http://livebelowtheline.com. From May 16- 20, thousands of Americans pledged to live on $1.50 a day for five days. Its aim is to educate people about the reality for the 1.4 billion people living under “the extreme poverty line" - defined as less than $1.50 A Day, by the World Bank.

Launched by actor Hugh Jackman in April http://bit.ly/LBLHughJackman the worldwide campaign has been fuelled by social media - already attracting the support of Oscar winner Charlize Theron, actress/comedian/singer Kristin Chenoweth, UK comedian Stephen Fry, hit band The Sick Puppies, Bono’s One Campaign, as well as a host of politicians, business leaders and notable personalities - many of whom have been driving support for the thousands undertaking the challenge through Twitter.    

The Campaign raised $1.6 million globally during its official week, but will run throughout the year for people who wish to undertake the challenge and learn more about extreme poverty. Funds raised will go to crucial anti-poverty education initiatives run by the Global Poverty Project and programs runs by development partners such as CARE, a leading humanitarian organisation with offices in 72 countries, whose focus is on empowering woman to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Global Poverty Project, is an international educational and campaigning organization designed to target public policy as the one of the most effective means of eliminating Extreme Poverty. It's Live Below the Line campaign challenges participants to live on $1.50 A Day for 5 Days and runs throughout the year with its official challenge week running from from May 16- 20. (livebelowtheline.com).

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