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Can You Tell Your Nonprofit's Story in 5 Photos?

Lori Halley 12 October 2009 1 comments

TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Challenge offers a chance for your photos and videos to win cool prizes for your organization, ranging from a Flip video camera to Adobe software. This contest is wide open to all — submissions are welcomed from the community at large, nonprofits, individuals, libraries, and organizations both in the US and elsewhere in the world — but your entries do need to be in by Friday, October 16th.

Sea Biscuit in Five Pictures - a set on FlickrEven if you’re not 100% sure you can pull it off by the deadline, it’s still well worth taking a look at the contest for the digital storytelling ideas and tools it might suggest to you.

Social benefit organizations are challenged to tell their organization’s story by submitting one of the following:

You do not need to enter all three. Only one format is required for the challenge, although you are welcome to submit more than one format.

Goldmail is software you download and install on your own computer. It lets you make slides “from virtually any content (including PowerPoint slides, PDFs, Text documents, and photos),” record your voice over them, then send a link to your message by email or post it online to share.  (See the Goldmail gallery for ideas. There’s a free 30-day trial if you’d like to enter the Digital Storytelling Challenge in the Goldmail category, or simply to check out the software for other uses by your organization.)

YouTube is the second-largest US “search engine,” according to most Internet traffic reports, so, if your organization doesn’t yet have a YouTube channel, you’ll probably want to be there sooner rather than later — why not give it a shot for the Techsoup challenge? (We’ll be talking more in the next few weeks about YouTube and other video-sharing services, by the way, and how nonprofits can take advantage of the growing popularity of video without a big tech budget.)

But if you’re not quite up to making a short video, yet — no problem. The Flickr 5-picture story format is achievable even for the smallest nonprofit with limited  equipment, tech skills, and staff or volunteer time. The challenge here is less about your access to technology and more about your ability to craft a compelling message from images — to tell your story in just 5 photographs! (And down the line, who knows? You might even use your photo story as a "storyboard" for planning a short video on the same topic!)

For detailed information on the Digital Storytelling Challenge process, judging panel, and prizes, as well as some helpful resources to help you learn to tell a strong visual story and share it online, visit http://www.techsoup.org/community/online-events/tsdigs/challenge/.

If your nonprofit takes up this Challenge, please leave a comment below and share the story!

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 12 October 2009 at 11:25 PM


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