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Photo assignment: Living with HIV
Laina Choma, 11, Masshambanzou Aids Clinic, Harare. ©Simon Roberts
Laina Choma, 11, Masshambanzou Aids Clinic, Harare. ©Simon Roberts
Photo assignment gives you the chance to tell your stories in pictures.

To mark World Aids Day on 1 December we want to see photo essays from readers around the world, portraying what it's like to live with HIV.

You may have HIV or Aids yourself and want to tell your own story.

You may be a care worker, or you may have lost a relative or friend to Aids and want to tell their story using pictures of their life.

It's for you to decide, but we invite you to interpret the brief as widely as you can - don't just think of the obvious.

We will publish the best photo essays on BBC News Online in the run-up to World Aids Day.

Or, if you simply want to send a single shot which captures your experience, email it to us and tell us your name, where you are from, and some information about the photo.

There follows a brief guide and a completed assignment by an Aids doctor in South Africa to help guide you.

Ideally you should aim to take a variety of photographs - it's a good idea to plan the story before you start. A good first photo would be one that introduces the subject to the readers.

Daily Lives: South African Aids doctor

Makes sure you take some close-up photos as well as some wider pictures to show the subject's environment but remember to include something in the foreground to add impact.

When you take the picture, remember to look up or down to see what's around you. You might get a better shot if you kneel, or find a position to look down from.

The completed photo essay will have no more than 10 photographs, but you can send us more to choose from.

Make sure you have permission from anyone pictured before submitting the photographs.

Each picture will need a caption.

Who, what, why, where and when is a good place to start when gathering information for the caption, but where possible quotes from those pictured and a description of how you are feeling will help bring the essay to life.

We don't need many words - no more than 80 per picture.

How to submit a photo essay

Please e-mail your completed photo essays, or any questions you may have, to our Picture Editor by 20 November 2003 (deadline extended), with the subject "Photo assignment", to


Look out for more assignments to come.

If you submit an image, you do so in accordance with the BBC's Terms and Conditions.

In contributing to BBC News Online you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media. (See the Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our rights.)

It's important to note, however, that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to BBC News Online. This means you are perfectly free to take what you have produced and re-publish it somewhere else. Please note that if your image is accepted, we will publish your name alongside it on the BBC News website. The BBC cannot guarantee that all pictures will be published and we reserve the right to edit your comments.


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