PHILANTHROPY

For the Average Joe Photo Show 2015, the project will focus on Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as our philanthropic component. With an eye toward humanitarianism and meaningful human connection, the Average Joe Photo Show 2015 celebrates the heroicism and extraordinary activism of Doctors Without Borders/ MSF in their efforts to give voice to communities disconnected from the world health system. In asking for each accepted photograph to share a gesture of kindness or outreach, an act of compassion, or an effort to help further the cause of humanitarian aid/action; we hope to illuminate the universality of a world without divisive boundaries or borders. Photo submissions for the Average Joe Photo Show 2015 must be taken over the course of the 2015 calendar year and are ongoing.

The Average Joe Photo Show selected water.org as the philanthropic focus for both the 2013 and 2014 projects. Just as the greater part of the global population have now come to rely upon some type of mobile device in order to “survive” socially or professionally, in a more literal and immediate context so must all people have water to sustain a physical existence. It was in this regard that the criteria for each image for the 2013 & 2014 projects stipulated inclusion of an element of water in addition to referencing the human form – from a tear to an ocean, from a running faucet to a waterfall – allowing us to showcase the single most unifying natural component in our shared worldwide collectivity.