This is Us: Sights & Sounds of Acadiana

On March 7, 2020, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform a breathtaking concert in collaboration with Lafayette Travel and multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay.

The concert will feature choreographed images provided YOU—the talented people of Acadiana—projected across a huge screen above the orchestra.

With your help, the imagery will feature photos of Acadiana's people, our vibrant culture, lifestyle, towns and beautiful natural landscapes to create a truly unique local story. The imagery will be paired with a locally inspired musical work by Virgil Thomson called “Acadian Songs and Dances.”

What does Acadiana mean to you?

Words are not enough to describe all there is to love about Acadiana, which means we need your pictures to show what we have to offer. We want to see community celebrations and family events like festivals and crawfish boils, the breathtaking and diverse scenery and histories of Acadiana and the people you love who hold stories of resilience and beauty. Your pictures are what we need to help orchestrate the story that is Acadiana. Show us in images what you're passionate about.

Show us what Acadiana is to you by submitting your favorite photos!

Submit as many photos as you would like – both newly created as well as ones you have already shot or inherited. You don't have to be a professional either; everyone is encouraged to participate. Your submitted photos could be anything from a specific location like a landmark, restaurant, gallery, street, natural area or even something like your favorite statue or mural, local sports team, cajun dish, local musical performers, cultural festivals and local events. It could even be as simple as a picture of you with your friends, archival photos of Acadiana’s history, family portraits, or pictures from your past. The sky is the limit!

What’s in it for you?

Dozens of selected photographers will have their photos be part of the live multimedia performance on display during the ASO's concert on March 7, 2020. In addition, all finalists will receive tickets to the performance and artistic credit in the concert program.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 20, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Photo submission guidelines

Color images, horizontal orientation preferred
JPEG or TIFF file format
Minimum resolution 3300px X 2200px (higher resolutions are encouraged)
Panoramic images welcome
Photos taken by smartphones or DSLRs are equally welcome
No watermarks on photos
All photos should be from the Acadiana region
Use filename format “FirstName_LastName_Photo#”

How do I submit?

We are looking for images that define your life as a Lafayette and Acadiana resident. This could be anything from a specific location like a landmark, restaurant, gallery, street, natural area or even something like your favorite statue or mural, local sports team, cajun dish, local musical performers, cultural festivals and local events. It could even be as simple as a picture of you with your friends, archival photos of Acadiana’s history, family portraits, or pictures from your past. The sky is the limit!

To submit your photos, please fill out the form below and click submit. From there you will be taken to a Dropbox account where you can upload them. To receive credit, please make sure the filename of the photo includes your full name.

Photo Release

I understand and agree that I retain ownership and unrestricted use of all my photographs that are submitted to the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra ("PRESENTER"), Lafayette Travel ("PARTNER") and Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts ("ARTIST") for possible inclusion in a multimedia production ("PRODUCTION") with PRESENTER on March 7, 2020. I hereby grant PRESENTER, PARTNER and ARTIST the permanent and irrevocable right to use these submitted photographs, as they deem appropriate when related to the promotion, performance and documentation of PRODUCTION, without limitation or compensation. I hereby authorize the PRESENTER and PARTNER to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute these photos for any lawful purpose from the date of submission to December 31. 2024. In addition, I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my photographs appear without limitation or compensation. I have obtained all needed rights and clearances to use the photographs I am submitting and assume full legal and financial responsibility for the same. I will retain copies of my photographs PRIOR to submission to PRESENTER, PARTNER and ARTIST. I agree and fully understand that the copies of my photographs (including digital files) submitted to PRESENTER, PARTNER and ARTIST will not be returned. I also fully acknowledge that my submitted photographs may or may not be included in the finished PRODUCTION, which is at sole artistic discretion of ARTIST. IMPORTANT: To receive photo credit, your first and last name—or organization name, if appropriate—must be included in the digital filename of each submitted photograph (e.g. "FirstName_LastName_1.jpg" or "Organization_1.jpg”).

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