OSHA launches photo contest to raise awareness for North Carolina workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the “Picture It! Safe Workplaces for Everyone”, a national photography contest.
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Our Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers think any measure that raises workplace safety awareness is a good idea.

OSHA wants anyone who likes taking pictures to capture an image of workplace safety and health and send it to the agency. Collaborating with the public, relying on their imagination, talent and creativity is a nice way to kick off a nationwide effort to raise an understanding about workplace health and safety. As part of OSHA’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, the contest is open to anyone ages 18 and older and will continue through Friday, August 12th. Both amateur and professional photographers can enter including OSHA contractors, the general public, and special government employees. Interpretation of “image of workplace safety and health” is up to each individual photographer and no particular subject matter or theme is prohibited. Photos have to be taken in the U.S. and its territories. Judging for first-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded for the best portrayals of occupational health and safety relating to artistic value, and the capability to raise knowledge about health and safety in the general public.

An expert panel of accomplished professionals in the fields of public affairs and photography will judge the contest. The panel includes: Kathleen Klech, photo director for Condé Nast Traveler magazine; Earl Dotter, renowned photojournalist; Shawn Moore, chief photographer at the U.S. Department of Labor; Carl Fillichio, senior advisor to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis for communications and public affairs; and George Tolbert, retired photographer for the U.S. Senate. The OSHA photo contest Web page will display all finalist and winning photographs. The first-place winner will get a congratulatory framed letter from Secretary Solis, and the three winning photographs will hang in OSHA’s national office in Washington. They will be a daily reminder for policymakers of the real-life impact of OSHA’s mission.

Participants can submit their photos and find a complete set of contest rules on OSHA’s web page.

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