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Photo assignment: People on the move
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Photo assignment gives you the chance to tell your stories in pictures.

More than ever before, people are crossing borders and embarking on what are sometimes long and dangerous journeys in search of a better life. Are you one of these people?

If so we'd like to see your story in pictures.

You may have photographs of your old life, you may want to take pictures of where you now live or perhaps capture the feeling of living in a new country or community.

Or you may work in this field, if so tell us your story and the stories of those you have helped.

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 during our forthcoming special feature on migration.

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 to help 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.

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 15 March 2004, 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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