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NHPCO Creative Arts Contest

2017 NHPCO Creative Arts Contest – Official Rules

Theme: “Impactful Relationships: The Interactions of Hospice and Palliative Care” 

Submissions for the 2017 NHPCO Creative Arts Contest are now being accepted from NHPCO members.

This year’s theme is inspired by the unique relationships that exist among the Interdisciplinary teams, the patients they serve, and the families who look to the IDT for support at significant and often difficult times in their lives. The impact of these relationships can be seen not only in defining the unique care that hospice is known for, but in the experiences patients and families have when losing a loved one. NHPCO invites you to reflect and explore the relationships that exist in providing care at the end of life. 

We invite you to submit photos, blog articles, and poems reflecting this theme. All entries must be submitted by email between June 1, and July 21, 2017. 

Photography Submissions

  • Photographs taken by staff, volunteers, or photographers working for an NHPCO member-organization or by an individual NCHPP member may be submitted in one of these categories:
    • Patient / Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Interactions – photos may include patients, volunteers, and/or staff.  
    • IDT /Family Caregiver Interactions – photos may include patients, with the primary focus being on the staff and the relationship with the patient’s family.
  • Photos may be color or black & white and should be submitted electronically in .jpg or .gif format; minimum 300 dpi.
  • Your organization may have used the photo or published it previously, which is okay; we only ask that the photo have been taken within the past two years.
  • A short description or narrative (1-3 paragraphs) explaining the content or circumstances of the photograph, and why the image reflects this year’s theme is required. A thoughtful statement may help the judges make their decisions.
  • We plan to share some of the submissions on the Moments of Life website and via our social media platforms. Visit the photo gallery to see other photos that we’ve already received as part of the campaign.
  • Photos that have already been submitted to the “Share Your Story” photo gallery on Moments of Life will automatically be considered as submissions for this year’s contest.
  • Photos submissions must include a release form signed by any individuals depicted. This can be your organization’s release form or you may use the form included on the official submission form attached below.  
  • An example of a submission to support this year’s creative brainstorming brought to you by the Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice campaign:
    • The image seen in What We Do Best captures the relationship between a hospice social work team member and one of her patients.
      • It is the act of sitting, listening and talking with a patient that makes this relationship unique in healthcare.

Blog Articles

  • Essays written by your staff, patients or families, volunteers or other supporters that embrace examples of how you were affected by the relationships among or between the staff you work with or the patients and families you serve.
  • Essays may reflect interactions that you have had in the past with the goal of conveying how these relationships may have influenced you as an individual or in your career.
  • Your organization may have already published the article on your own blog page or in a newsletter, which is okay; we only ask that the article have been written within the past two years.
    • An example of a submission to support this year’s creative brainstorming brought to you by the Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice campaign:
    • The blog The Door  was written by the husband of a hospice nurse who was inspired by his wife and the experiences she encounters working in hospice care.
      • Traveling long distances, the nurse approaches each new patient with understanding, fostering the compassionate side of applying care and building trust within a relationship. 

Poetry Submissions

  • Submissions by hospice staff, volunteers, patients, or loved ones are accepted in the poetry category.
    • An example of a submission to support this year’s creative brainstorming brought to you by the Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice campaign: Participants may submit up to two original poems, 100 lines or less, inspired by hospice and palliative care.
      • Green Bananas
        • Poetic in form, a hospice volunteer shares a story that offers a glimpse into the friendly, and at times humorous, relationship he shares with a man at the end of his life.

Participants may submit up to two original poems, 100 lines or less, inspired by hospice and palliative care.

Additional Submission Information:

  • Submissions may be created by staff, volunteers, or others working on behalf of a current NHPCO member organization, however, all entries must be submitted by the current NHPCO member – third party submissions will not be accepted. (Any membership level may enter.)
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a contest submission form (see below).
  • NHPCO reserves the right to use any entry in materials produced by the organization or our affiliates (NHF, HAN). In addition, submissions may be used for internal or retail purposes for education and promotion. Please note: the original artist, writer, creator does not give up his/her rights to any submission—it simply means NHPCO and its affiliates can use any submissions as it sees fit.  

Notification:  Winners will be notified by email in mid-August.

Prizes:  First prize and second prize submissions will receive a gift card and certificate from NHPCO.

Recognition: The winning submissions will be featured in a PDF that will be promoted in NHPCO’s weekly e-newsletter, NewsBriefs, featured on the website, and included in the Fall 2017 edition of NewsLine. Winning entries will also be shared at NHPCO’s Interdisciplinary conference, September 18 – 20th, 2017.

Questions: Contact the NHPCO Communications Team at contest@nhpco.org or call 703-837-3134.

Download the rules and the official submission form.

Send entries as attachments or links to:  contest@nhpco.org.
(If unable to send submission form and release via email, those may be faxed to 703-837-1233 clearly indicating that a photo or video link has been emailed separately.)

2016 NHPCO's Creative Arts Contest Winner