Oct 26, 2017
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Nora Kim (Development Manager)

See the winning photographs.

On September 28 we announced the winners of our first-ever Pinwheel Photo Contest, which launched this summer! We’re so grateful to all of the participants — both those who submitted and those who voted — for helping us make our inaugural contest a great success!

The theme of our contest was Generations. This theme is core to our work to end child abuse, as we believe in working across generations to empower children, empower parents, and support families. We focus intentionally on two generations to address the needs of both children and their caregivers, and ultimately break generational cycles of violence.

We were honored to host these photographs in our contest, and thank everyone for sharing their unique take on the theme.

2017 Pinwheel Photo Contest Submissions

The winners were selected by our three-judge panel of expert photographers who are friends of Safe & Sound: Natasha Dolby, Jesse Eisenhardt, and Nancy Farese.

Grand Prize & People’s Choice Award: David Avidor (http://instagram.com/davidavidor)
Comments from our judges:
The fact these brothers look alike draws you in almost like a time-lapse effect. Nice idea to place the children between rungs of a ladder, physically representing their sizes, and also metaphorically showing life as an upward climb. Excellent use of the frame to tell a story of generations – you learn from the expressions of each child, sparking curiosity about who they are and what they will become.

Second Prize: Anna Matz (http://blog.anna-matz.de)
Comments from our judges:
Interesting foreground focus and incorporation of animals and place as part of family unit. Great use of black and white tonality. The lineup of family and animals feels natural and draws the eye dynamically.

Third Prize: Herman Chan (http://hermanchanphotography.com)
Comments from our judges:
Softly lit with a beautiful and natural color scheme. Perfectly composed with a shallow depth of field to keep the eye focused on the subjects.

Photos from the event were displayed at Safe & Sound’s Pinwheel Party on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Monarch in SoMa. The cocktail party hosted 150 philanthropists for an evening of cocktails, food, and dancing in celebration of children’s advocacy in the Bay Area. This event raised nearly $50,000 in support of Safe & Sound’s mission to end child abuse and reduce its devastating impact in the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. Check out photos from the event and follow us there, on Instagram, or Twitter for more events to come.