The concept of Photovoice has been around for almost 20 years. Photovoice gives people a chance to represent their community or point of view in photographs, video or slideshows. A narrative is created along with the visual presentation. The project is intended to create dialogue, thus opening the door for outreach or change within the community.
Photography + Social Action = Change
Photovoice Missouri is a statewide health photography program and competition that’s a collaboration between the Health Communication Research Center at the Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Missouri Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative.
The project began in August 2011 when students from several Missouri counties were given the task of showing, through pictures, examples in their communities that support healthy choices, and areas that need improvement.
Jon Stemmle, co-organizer of Photovoice Missouri and director of the Health Communication Research Center states, “Our goal going in was to introduce the students to a way to get their thoughts and concerns about the health of their communities heard. Based on what we’ve seen, I believe that’s happened and it’s created a dialogue that we hope will continue.”
Video about the second year (2012-2013) of the Photovoice Missouri project
All of the photos taken for the 2011-2012 project:
Information about the 2011-2012 project and the finalists
press release (doc)
Finalists' photos (slide show):
Podcast about the project and awards:
Video describing the Photovoice Missouri project with feedback and
photographs from the participants: