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Photo Essays

Photo essays are visual compositions of personal photos that relate or pertain to a specified area of study, scholarship, or research. The goal of a photo essay is to demonstrate a visually guided understanding of one’s specified thesis, and to demonstrate that understanding concisely and precisely through the selected photos. Photo essay submissions should not be composed of more than twelve (12) photos, or fewer than eight (8) photos.

Photos must be submitted as extension .jpg

File names for photos must be labeled with the first initial of the author’s first name, the author’s full last name, and a number that corresponds to the selected order of the photo in question. Example: the first photo of

J. Smith’s essay would be <JSMITH_01.jpg> Photos that are not labeled in this manner will not be accepted for review.

A 400 word (maximum) abstract must be submitted along with the photos. The abstract must include a succinct description of the author’s research, as well as his/her thesis and any other information that the author deems relevant. Abstracts must be submitted in a word document (extension .doc or .docx) labeled with the first initial of the author’s first name, the author’s full last name, and the word abstract (e.g., <JSMITH_ABSTRACT.doc>)
Captions for photos are not required, but it is recommended that authors include one for each photo in order to more fully develop their thesis or selected area of study. Captions may not exceed 250 characters. Captions must be submitted in a word document (extension.doc or .docx) and must be proceeded by the file name of the photo to which they correspond. Example: a caption for J. Smith’s first photo would be written as JSMITH_01.jpg: caption caption caption.

All photo essay files must be submitted in a single folder labeled with the first initial of the author’s first name and the author’s full last name. The file must then be compressed and uploaded to this form.