I Need Your Votes!

I am entering a contest that will allow me the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s called the “Name Your Dream Contest”, sponsored by Microsoft. The winner gets $50,000 (among other things) to travel around the world, living their photography dream.

Here’s my dream:

Stories Untold: What Are We Missing?

I want to tell the stories that have not been told. I want to tie in my love of learning about new cultures with my love for photography. By so doing, I want to inspire people to action, not sympathy.

Every person has a story to tell…every culture has colorful traditions, enticing recipes, rich histories, enchanting music, and beautiful people. But some cultures are more focused on than others. Everyone travels to London, Paris, Rome, and Sydney. But, who goes to Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia, or Oman?

I want to tell the stories that have not been told. I want to tie in my love of learning about new cultures with my love for photography. I want to live a day in the life of a Rwandan woman…I want to travel across Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railroad to reach those places that most people have never heard of and couldn’t find on a map. I want to explore these villages, learn from these cultures, taste their cuisine. I want to discover what we have in common–as well as our differences. I want to find out what brings them joy, what brings them sorrow.

What are we missing by ignoring these cultures?

As part of my learning experience, I also want to tell my own family story by visiting the village that my great-great-great grandparents came from, on the Austrian/Hungarian border.

I want to bring awareness…if I come across an area of need, I want to be able to inspire people to help. I want to inspire people to action, not sympathy.

So really, my dream isn’t about me at all–it’s about those whose stories have not been told…and it’s about bringing a voice to those people.

I want to use this as an opportunity to serve around the world as a short-term missionary…if I were to win this contest, that would be my focus–to be Christ to these people.

Please vote for me to help make this dream a reality! 🙂 The contest is open through April 3rd, 2009. Thank you in advance!

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