February 9, 2015
TheBody.com hosted a photo contest in honor of World AIDS Day 2014 that focused on HIV's groundbreaking emblem: the red ribbon. We encouraged people to upload pictures inspired by the iconic red ribbon and share their opinions about the current state of HIV and how it affects them. HIV affects more than just those who are HIV positive -- whether you have a loved one who is positive, you are an activist or advocate, or you feel strongly about public health, HIV means a lot to a lot of people.
We were inspired by all 60+ entries, and are excited to announce the winners selected by our panel of judges, which included Mark S. King, an award-winning blogger, author and HIV/AIDS advocate; a representative from Visual AIDS, the organization that created the red ribbon; and a representative from TheBody.com.
Grand prize winner of two tickets to the Lifebeat VMA concert for HIV/AIDS and $1,000 to fund the trip: Alicia Diggs of North Carolina
"The #RedRemindsMe contest has given me the opportunity to really tap into who I am as a strong HIV positive woman and activist. The contest has also given me the opportunity to reach even more people to show another face of not only HIV, but love." -- Alicia Diggs
Alicia sits on the board for the North Carolina AIDS Action Council and serves as a well-known HIV speaker and activist in her community.
Second place winner of $250: Harold Scott of Tennessee
"Campaigns such as #RedRemindsMe are excellent tools to bring much needed attention to HIV/AIDS and the stigma still attached to it. It sometimes feels as if people like me in rural areas are out here on our own. Being recognized for this campaign makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile, and it reminds me of why I decided to 'go public' with my positive status over twenty years ago on World AIDS Day, 1994." -- Harold Scott
Harold is an HIV/AIDS speaker and educator. He is also a regular contributor on Healthline.
Third place winner of $100: Rick Martin of Colorado
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in #RedRemindsMe's success! All of the entries we received were outstanding. Keep an eye out for more chances to share your story with TheBody.com.
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