"Stop the World, Take A Picture."
This is a pivotal idea in the smash-hit Broadway musical Come From Away, the Best Musical winner all across North America! The remarkable true story of Come From Away takes you to Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 planes were forced to land following the 9/11 attacks. The story follows the experiences of those 7,000 stranded travelers and the small town that welcomed them. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
The "Come From Aways", as the residents of Gander referred to their guests, were from all over the world, all walks of life, and their interwoven experiences paint a deep and touching portrait of humanity, especially the way we can cling together to get through a crisis. The narrative points powerfully to the idea that sometimes circumstances beyond our control lead to beautiful situations that could not have happened elsewise. The friendships formed -- in real life, and depicted beautifully in Come From Away -- were to last a lifetime, a stark contrast to the expected outcome of such a well-known tragedy.
For instance, stranded travelers Nick, from London, and Diane, from Texas, would never have met had they not been stranded in Gander together. In one scene, as the two have begun to fall in love but recognize that the moment that is passing might be one of their last together, Nick stops to take a photo of Diane. That's the amazing power of photography: it gives us the power literally to stop time, to savor a moment forever and ever.
Come From Away is a master-work and that is why we are thrilled to announce that Lomography and Come From Away are teaming up for a competition to invite Lomographers to share their Stop the World photographs and stories for the chance to experience this for yourself. One grand prize winner will win 2 tickets to see Come From Away in New York City, an All-Access Pass to be able to photograph behind the scenes with the cast and crew, and a new Lomography camera to take along for the ride.
We are delighted to share this fantastic opportunity with the Lomography community as we know that you know better than anyone that a camera is an incredible way to #StoptheWorld.
To participate in this competition, follow these steps:
- Share your Stop the World moments and the story that goes with them.
- Submit up to 5 images here.
- Remember to edit your photos and add at least 3 meta tags including the story behind the photograph. Images must be taken with an analogue or film camera and not digitally enhanced or manipulated.
If you don't already have a LomoHome, you can create one here.
Grand Prize Winner
- 2 tickets to see Come From Away in New York City at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
- An All-Access Pass to be able to photograph behind the scenes with the cast and crew
- A set of Lomography Simple Use Cameras to take along for the ride.
Three Runners Up
- "Come from Away" Cast Album CD
- 30 Piggy Points for the Lomography Online Shop
This competition, which serves as the qualifying round for "Human Stories" category, is open to all, but winners must make their own travel arrangements and accommodations to stay in NYC. Submission deadline is Monday, September 26, 2017.
Special thanks to our friends at Broadway World for supporting this collaboration!