Picturing 7 Billion – by James Estrin, New York Times

James Estrin of the New York Times Lens Blog asks for your participation in the latest worldwide project “Picturing 7 Billion”.

On behalf of The New York Times Lens blog, I would like to invite you to join us in a project called Picturing 7 Billion.

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that the world’s 7 billionth person was born on Oct. 31, 2011. Babies born this week come into a world that is changing rapidly.  While it’s hard to envision what it’ll be like when they are adults, we can show them what the world is like today.

This is where you come in. We are asking for your help in creating a photographic time capsule for these children. Before you take your picture, think about what you want them to know – 20 years from today – about the world into which they were born.

Make a photograph that documents how we live today and send it to us. We are looking for photographs taken between Oct. 31 and Nov. 11, not from your archive. We’ll publish a large selection on Lens and present prints to the families of the children Lynsey Addario photographed on Oct. 31.

Use this form to submit your picture. Please send us only one. Include your full name, the place and time the photo was made and a little bit about the image. Photos should be no larger than five megabytes, ideally at least 1,000 pixels wide. In keeping with photojournalistic standards, please keep Photoshop to a minimum.



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