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Jump on Board With HashTagHIV -- Photo Challenge

By Robert Breining

July 4, 2012

#HIV Tweeter on Board @hastaghiv.
Aaron's Photo.

Aaron's Photo.

Robert's Photo.

Robert's Photo.

Jeromy's Photo.

Jeromy's Photo.

Daniel's Photo.

Daniel's Photo.

In the month of July we are asking you to jump on board with POZ I AM Radio & HashTagHIV and participate in another HIV/AIDS Awareness Photo Challenge. This month we are asking you to snap a photo of yourself and the #HIV Tweeter on Board sign. (see right)

Be Creative... Be Original ... Be a Trend Setter

What Is a Hash Tag?

The # symbol, called a HashTag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics. That is our Goal to make #HIV a Trending Topic.

What Is HashTagHIV?

HashTagHIV is a Global Initiative to trend the #HIV on Twitter for the first time ever in history during International AIDS Conference. The goal is to trend #HIV and re-engage the community and re-ignite the conversation about# HIV. You can help us our by following @HashTagHIV and by adding #HIV to your tweets.

How Do I Submit a Photo?

You can upload your photo directly to the HashTagHIV FB page. It is that easy ! Once it is uploaded to the page your submission is complete. You can also submit your photo by tweeting them to @HashTagHIV on Twitter.

What are the Rules?

The only rules are that the photo must include the #HIV Tweeter on Board Sign and the person submitting the photo. Photos can only be submitted by individuals. Yes we love group shots but the prize for this challenge can only be rewarded to a singe individual. So any group pics submitted will not be considered to win the prize.

How Is a Winner Decided?

The winner of the challenge will be chosen by a panel of 8 Judges which include the HashTagHIV Team (Kevin Maloney, Robert Breining, Daniel Bauer, Aaron Laxton, Michele Anderson and Jeromy Dunn), Maria Mejia (our last photo challenges winner) and Butch McKay of AIDSOASIS. The winner will be chosen based on mixture of creativity, originality and Likes. We take the number of Likes into consideration but the winning photo is not chosen solely on Likes.

When Is the Winner Announced?

The winner of this challenge will be announced live and the winning photo will be showcased at the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. during Daniel Bauer's Beyond Belief event. The winner will be notified beforehand to make sure he/she can accept the prize.

What's the Prize?

The winner of this challenge will be awarded a single scholarship to the Positive Living 16 Conference that takes place March 8-10, 2013, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The scholarship includes Registration, three nights lodging and all meals. Please NOTE -- The scholarship prize does not include airfare or transportation to Ft. Walton Beach Florida.

The photos included in this post were created by the HashTagHIV Team members to provide some inspiration for you photo. Submit your photo today.

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