International Dance Day 2020 Call

Call for International Dance Day Photo Submissions

Deadline: Sunday, April 26, 6pm


Wednesday, April 29 is International Dance Day and we invite you to celebrate your love of dance with us. We are accepting photo submissions that portray the way(s) you’ve adapted to, and embraced, dancing at home during COVID-19. Illustrations will also be accepted. Submissions will be shared on thedancecurrent.com and handful of images will also be shared across our social media channels.

Complete emailed submission proposal(s) and support material must include:
  • Your full name
  • Preferred pronouns
  • city/town/province
  • Indigenous territory (should you not know your territory, feel free to consult native-land.ca)
  • Social media handles
  • A maximum of 2 good quality digital images with (file named 01, 02-photo title-dancerslastname)
  • A corresponding photo documentation list (01, 02) with any relevant photo credits (illustrations and selfies accepted) 
Here are some useful tips for taking high quality images with your smartphone:
  • Use a white piece of paper as the background for your subject or collection of items
  • Use the “pro” or high resolution camera settings on your smartphone
  • Adjust White balance (WB) to your preferred setting or use Auto White Balance.
  • Make sure to use an ISO at or under 800 to ensure image isn’t grainy
  • Turn off your flash. Flashes tend to reflect harshly off of white surfaces like paper. The result is a washed-out image.
  • Find the best lighting. Since you can’t use a flash, the document needs to have ample natural light. Position the document near a window or directly under a lamp.
  • Don’t zoom. Zooming typically lowers the quality of the image file. Instead, try to fill the camera frame with as much of the paper document as possible by rotating your camera 90 degrees so that a letter-sized piece of paper fills even more of the screen.
  • Tap the screen to focus and sharpen the image.
  • Hold the camera phone with both hands to keep it steady or use the image stabilizer option available on some smartphones. Slight movements can produce a blurry image, especially in low-light situations.
  • Take a test picture. Make sure your lighting, focus, exposure, and position settings all look right. Make adjustments as needed and take test photos until you’re happy with the settings, then fire away.
  • Don’t add filters. Keep things as natural as possible to ensure the best photo quality and presentation.
Please email your complete submission application to dc.editor [at] thedancecurrent [dot] com by Sunday April 26, 2020 at 6pm. 

With one full-time staff, The Dance Current may not respond to submission queries or questions.