The 2017 “Ignite Your Advocacy” Photo Contest Winners
When we asked you back in February to show us with photos and images why you were passionate about your organization, campaign or mission, boy did you listen.
We were impressed by the depth of feeling and enthusiasm that’s out there for your tireless – and often thankless – nonprofit and government relations advocacy missions.
Picking the winners, especially those not decided by the popular vote, was really tough. There might even have been tears, and we’re hoping some of the judges start talking to each other again by the end of the year.
To make things easier, the judges looked at five criteria when it came to each entrant; originality, composition, how well the image represented the campaign or mission, the written description, and how the image made them feel or resonated with them.
For the popular vote, several of you put your own great grassroots-building experience into play, energizing members and supporters to vote for your image daily.
But, as the ABBA song goes, the winner takes it all, or in this case the winners, who will be getting a one year subscription to Ignite our fast, easy-to-use advocacy campaign builder.
See the top four entries and their photo explanations below, but don’t forget to check out the gallery of all our entrants, here.
And to everyone who took part; to us you’re all winners! Keep up the good work.
Winners of the Popular Vote
- Alliance for Headache Disorder Advocacy – 3,183 votes
- Campaign for Hoosier Families – 2,527 votes
Winner of the Judged Vote
- JHpiego – Global Health Services, Treatment & Prevention
- American Wind Energy Association
Sarah Mamadjibeye and baby Prudence, harvesting peanuts together on the family’s farm in Chad, epitomize Jhpiego’s mission which, in a nutshell, is all about mothers and babies surviving childbirth—and then thriving. A mother of two, Sarah volunteers as a community health worker, empowering others in her village to make healthy choices for themselves and their families, starting with the decision to give birth in a health facility with a skilled midwife. She hopes to professionalize her passion by someday graduating from college and working as a nurse. Jhpiego supports Sarah’s dreams for a healthy self, family and community.
American wind power now supports 100,000 jobs in all 50 states. These include 25,000 manufacturing jobs at over 500 U.S. factories, many in America’s Rust Belt. Thanks to these workers, wind energy has become a new “cash crop” for farmers and ranchers, since 99 percent of turbines are built in rural areas. These landowners earn $245 million a year by leasing to turbines. And wind farm operators pay billions in added tax revenue that helps rural communities keep hospitals open and pay teachers’ salaries. This is an American success story, speeding out path to energy independence. Wind energy works for America.
LuLu MacFluff, the dog featured in our photo, is a beloved local rescue dog that embodies our belief that all individuals have value and are deserving of love, respect and support. The Campaign for Hoosier Families (C4HF) engages local, state, and Federal officials on behalf of low income families and others who live on the margins of society. C4HF follows legislation relating to Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credit, Temporary Aid for Needy Families, Food and Nutrition Programs, Housing Assistance, and Immigration Reform.
The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) is comprised of eleven national and regional non-profit organizations advocating on behalf of Americans with disabling headache disorders. Since 2007, AHDA has held an annual event called “Headache on the Hill” (HOH), which brings ~100 health professionals, patients, and other advocates to Congress to focus federal resources on reducing the burdens of migraine, cluster headache, and related disorders. The HOH logo denotes a Capitol dome in pain, and attests to the high prevalence of headache disorders, including among Members of Congress, their staff, and families, and the need for improved research and care.