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Photo Contests: Caught in the Act

Introducing a new way for religious educators to show the world the importance and beauty of their vocation—The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) “Faith Development: Caught in the Act” Photo Contest.

Send us your best photos of faith development in congregations. You’ll be helping to:

  • spread the good news of Unitarian Universalism on the web
  • build respect for religious education and educators
  • showcase your work on the national stage

How to Participate

  1. Download our updated Photo/Video Permissions Form for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Organizations, and add your congregation’s name. 
  2. Take photos—or ask volunteers or your youth group—to capture your congregation’s spring events, like Coming of Age, OWL, Bridging Ceremonies, Easter and Passover celebrations, RE classes, social justice events, and worship services. Look for action, diversity, smiles.
  3. Check to be sure that all those depicted in your photos (and/or their guardians) have signed a new Permissions Form.
  4. By May 15, 2014, upload those photos to your Flickr account. (You can create one for free at using your Yahoo, Google ID, or Facebook login.)
  5. Share the best photos with the UUA Flickr group.  Include your name, but if you’re sharing photos of children or youth, do not include your congregation’s name, the children’s names, or any identifying information.


All photos submitted on or before May 15, 2014 will be considered entries into the Contest. Please read the full UUA Photo Contest Rules before submitting your photos. By submitting photos, you affirm that you have read and agree to these rules.

How to Vote and Win

From May 15 - 30 2014, contestants, friends, and UUs everywhere can vote in the contest by “favoriting” the photos they like best. Here’s how:

  1. Sign into your Flickr account
  2. Go to a picture you like (not your own)
  3. To the right of the photo, click on the “star” icon
  4. The number next to it (times it’s been favorited) will increase by 1.
  5. Talk up your photos—and those you admire—by sharing their Flickr links via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Tell your friends about the contest, and show people the best of UU RE!  


A UUA staff team will tally the votes. The top ten photos will go to a panel of judges (made up of UUA staff and religious educators) to choose the winner. The first-place photo will be published:

  • on the Religious Education (RE) pages of
  • on the REACH list
  • in the live video during General Assembly (GA)

Plus the winner will receive:

  • A certificate
  • A gift from the UUA Bookstore

We All Win!

Once the contest ends, we all benefit from the growing Flickr photo pool. The UUA will have more great images to use to build our faith online—and so will you and your congregation! (The new Permissions Form allows use by all UU organizations.) So the bigger the contest gets, the more useful the Flickr pool becomes.

Look for more contests to come!

For more information contact

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, April 18, 2014.

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. . . or in worship . . . 

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. . . or just having fun together.  Thank you! You'll be helping us to share our faith with the world.

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