The final assignment is to create a photograph that reflects your personal connection to the Jewish People. Each photo should be accompanied by a ‘Photographer’s Note’ – a short text of up to 50 words that includes meaningful insights into the photograph and its Jewish connection.
Click here for examples of photos and photographers’ notes.
Criteria for Selecting Winning Photos:
Jewish Peoplehood: The ideas and concepts of the photograph must address at least one of the pillars of Jewish Peoplehood: shared historical memory, Jewish values, a multi-faceted connection to Israel, Hebrew or other Jewish languages, Jewish creativity and culture or a Jewish way of life.
Aesthetics: The photograph, like other modes of art, must be aesthetic and engage the observer with a curiosity to learn more about the photo and showcase some of the photographic principles the student developed in the Jewish Lens program (Rule of thirds, intentional framing, creative lighting etc.).
Creativity: The photo should fulfill the assignment in an original and meaningful way and present an original idea. The mediums and motifs are to be diverse and generate curiosity and feedback.
Taking inspiration from other photos is welcome and encouraged. However, be sure not to plagiarize or copy another photographer’s work/idea.
Photographer’s Note: Strong consideration is given to the photographer’s title and written description of the photo, which should evoke a response from the viewer. The narrative enhances the assignment and adds another rich layer to the work, as well as revealing the inner world of the photographer.
Suggested photography equipment: Participants can use either a digital camera or smart phones. Light editing of photos is allowed if it enhances the composition and overall aesthetic of the work.
The photos submitted should be taken with the highest resolution possible (minimum 3MB).
Presentation of Photographs (Optional)
Ask each student to present their photograph from the final assignment to the class, explaining why they took the picture and how it represents their connection to the Jewish People. Open the session for questions from other students and encourage discussion about the creative process and final result.
Following are some questions that the students can use to structure their presentation:
- What did you take a photograph of and why? What is the meaning or story behind it?
- What were you trying to communicate?
- What can we learn from the photograph?
- Read out the accompanying text. How does the text compliment the image?
- What inspired you to take this image?
- How does it express your Jewish story?
- Which of the six pillars of Jewish Peoplehood does the photograph relate to? (It can relate to more than one).
- What compositional aspects did you take into account when making this image?
- How do these elements add to the meaning or impact of your image?
Local Photo Exhibit
Organizing an exhibition is an excellent opportunity for the students to share their photographs with the local community while developing their leadership and initiative.
Guidelines for Local Exhibit:
- The exhibition is to be organized by participating students. The students form a creative team, similar to authentic art exhibits, taking on positions such as: curators, designers, producers, exhibition managers, educational guides, promoters and advertisers.
- The photos should be included in a special exhibition at the institution, displayed in a designated space such as a meeting room, lobby or ‘pop-up’ gallery.
- We recommend inviting the local community to a formal opening of the exhibition, where the photographs are displayed for the public and the photographers can discuss their images with visitors.
- All pictures should be exhibited, one photo per student, at the same size.
- Optional: the community (or a judging committee chosen by the school), selects three photos, based on specific guidelines (See ‘Criteria for Selecting Winning Photos’ above), to represent their institution in the global Jewish Lens @Beit Hatfutsot Photo Competition.
You can also have the participants vote for their top three pictures, so that in this way all participants are involved. (A student cannot vote for their own photograph).
Please upload your institution’s three winning photos to this link.
Please upload all participants’ photographs to Instagram, to your institution’s website and Facebook page for an online exhibition using #JewishLens and #BHMuseum.
Thank you for taking part in this global celebration of Jewish photography and heritage! We look forward to seeing your photos along with those from teens all over the world, celebrating Jewish peoplehood and the ongoing Jewish story.