RICADV Instagram Contest - #KNOWwhatloveis
In recognition of TDVAPM 2014, the RICADV hosted an Instagram Contest!
We asked young Rhode Islanders - What does a healthy relationship look like to you?
To raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February and to help young people in Rhode Island KNOW MORE and DO MORE to end dating violence, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosted an Instagram contest that promoted healthy relationships.
We asked Rhode Islanders between the ages of 12 and 24 to illustrate what healthy love is to them via Instagram photos, and we reviewed submissions throughout the month from participants showing us they #KNOWwhatloveis.
After the contest closed on February 20, the RICADV, our Public Awareness Working Group, PAWG (comprised of representatives from our six member agencies), and our task force of dating and domestic violence survivors, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), selected three winning photos out of almost 200 entries!
Each winning photo clearly conveyed a healthy relationship through the unique perspective of the contest participant.
- The first place $250 grand prize winner's photo represented the importance of exemplifying healthy love for one's family and being a healthy relationship role model for the next generation.
- The second place $150 winner's entry, a recreation of a popular meme, conveyed that "love is caring even when you're angry," respectful even when you disagree.
- The third place $100 winner's submission depicted that former partners can still have a healthy relationship even if they're no longer together and that setting this example for one's family has a significant impact on children's understanding of healthy love.
All three winning photos illustrate that while healthy relationships require work, take many forms, and can stem from a variety of situations, the constant between all of them is a shared respect and care for the well-being of those involved.
The RICADV announced our #KNOWwhatloveis Instagram Contest winners and honorable mentions through a Tweet Chat on February 25.
The winning photos, honorable mentions and other top entries can be viewed on our website here.
Thank you to all of the contest participants for sharing your unique and beautiful depictions of healthy love with the RICADV and your community!
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