Our Valley: A Healthy Place to Live?

Medical school issues call for photographic entries

Photo credit: Dominion Images

Aerial of snow-covered bridge. Photo credit: Dominion Images

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is issuing an open call for photography to feature in its upcoming exhibition, Our Valley: A Healthy Place to Live?, Photography in the pursuit of public health, which will document the extraordinary range and depth of everyday factors that influence our population’s health, while stimulating us to consider ways in which we can improve health.

Raising awareness of the many and complex influences on health is critical to eliminating barriers between everyday life experiences and scientifically-based knowledge. Photographic images can help to achieve this greater awareness and enhance understanding of what effects health through direct portrayal of physical and environmental threats or more subtle images of social activities and cultural influences.

Curated by David Hungate, staff photographer for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, the exhibition will capture the human condition and document the relationships between society, environment, and health, while encouraging viewers to reflect on the extraordinary range and depth of everyday factors that influence our population’s health. Through contemplation and reflection of images that document where our patients live, work, and play, viewers will be challenged to consider how almost all aspects of life touch on health.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Creativity in Health Education Program at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, will run from August 26 till October 28, 2016. An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Additional activities such as artists talks are under consideration and will be announced in due time.

Artists interested in participating may download an application from the adjacent link or contact Carrie Knopf for an application. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016.