On Friday, May 20, 2016, IU Press will look to answer the question “What is a Hoosier?” as residents from all 92 Indiana counties are invited to submit photos of their lives taken on this one day in May.
Photographs of what Hoosiers do, see, and treasure during these 24 hours will be selected and crowdsourced into a new book, One Day in May: 24 Hours in the Life of Indiana, to be published this fall in celebration of the Indiana bicentennial.
One Day in May will be a visual celebration of a state two hundred years young—a remarkable, one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope capturing a Hoosier’s world on this particular day. Through their own photographs, Hoosiers will reveal their passage through an ordinary Friday, from city streets to farmyards, offices to homes, state parks to campuses.
“This is an unprecedented and exciting undertaking. Hoosiers and Americans alike will have the opportunity to glimpse a typical day in the life of an entire state,” said Gary Dunham, Director of IU Press and Digital Publishing. “Even better, it will be through the eyes of Hoosiers themselves, who know this state as so much more than corn and auto racing.”
The book will be arranged chronologically from midnight to 11:59 p.m., offering an unforgettable glimpse of the state’s beauty and grit.
Participants may submit one picture per person with photo uploads due by Sunday, May 22, at 11:59 p.m. Photos should include a caption, the time taken, the city and location, a description, and the photographer’s credit. Selected contributors to the book will receive a complimentary copy upon publication.
More information on photo submission guidelines can be found on our website.