First place: $5,000
Second place: $2,500
Third place: $1,000
January 7: Submissions open
February 16, 11:59 PM EST: Submissions closed
February 19: Winners announced
Home is where the heart is, and for this Challenge, nostalgia runs high. Use your photography skills to capture the things that make your hometown so special to you. You don't have to be a professional photographer –– any original film photos, digital images, phone pictures, polaroids, or videos are encouraged –– to capture the essence of why the place you call home deserves some love.
Your hometown can mean the town where you grew up, but it doesn't have to! Anywhere you've made memories, or come to love, can turn into home. Either way, you know it like the back of your hand, so show us around through the lens of your camera. Enter the Hometown Feature Challenge and capture not just what your hometown looks like, but why it's such a special place. We can't wait to see what home looks like to you.
For your story to be eligible, it must include original photography and be between 600 and 5,000 words and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Stories published on Vocal and entered into the contest up until February 16, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST will be entered for consideration. Official Rules for the Challenge can be found here.
The Hometown Feature Challenge is exclusive to Vocal+ members. To learn more and upgrade to Vocal+ visit https://vocal.media/vocal-plus.
To be eligible to win the grand prize, second place, or third place prizes, you must be over the age of 13 and residing in a country where Stripe is available at the time of entry. A complete list of countries where Stripe is available can be found here—winners will need to have a Stripe account created and connected in order to receive the prizes. For this reason, entrants located outside of any of these 39 countries will not be eligible to win.
After my internship ended early from the coronavirus pandemic and freelance film industry jobs were left in shambles, I found myself with an overabundance of time and a lack of money. Fortunately, I remembered a little website called Vocal where I won a writing Challenge the year before.
Today we’re excited to introduce Challenges, a new way for creators to get inspired and join the rest of the Vocal community in some friendly competition. Starting this week, creators will be able to participate in various Challenges across a range of topics and interests for the chance to win cash prizes, experiences, and much more.
There’s no one right way to tell a story. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, and we want to see what yours looks like. Challenges are meant to inspire this creativity, and we want to see you tell a story that’s unique and authentic to you—but there are just a few things we look for across the board to be sure we’re judging every entry consistently and fairly.