Photos requested for "One Day in May: 24 Hours in the Life of Indiana"

May 20th 2016 @ (All day)
A graphic image showcasing the One Day in May concept

On Friday, May 20, 2016, Indiana University Press will look to answer the question “What is a Hoosier?” as residents from all 92 Indiana counties are invited to submit photos of their lives taken on this one day in May.

Photographs of what Hoosiers do, see, and treasure during these 24 hours will be selected and crowdsourced into a new book, One Day in May: 24 Hours in the Life of Indiana, to be published this fall in celebration of the Indiana bicentennial.

One Day in May will be a visual celebration of a state two hundred years young—a remarkable, one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope capturing a Hoosier’s world on this particular day. Through their own photographs, Hoosiers will reveal their passage through an ordinary Friday, from city streets to farmyards, offices to homes, state parks to campuses.

The book will be arranged chronologically from midnight to 11:59 p.m., offering an unforgettable glimpse of the state’s beauty and grit.

Join our email list or Facebook event to receive notification about when the contest starts and directions on how to submit photos.

One Day in May Photo Contest Submission Guidelines

Participants may submit one picture per person with photo uploads due by Sunday, May 22, at 11:59 p.m. Photos should include a caption, the time taken, the city and location, a description, and the photographer’s credit. Selected contributors to the book will receive a complimentary copy upon publication. Photos not taken on May 20, 2016, are not eligible for this contest.

Submission window

A photo submission form will be posted on our website starting May 20 at 12:00 a.m. All images must submitted between May 20-22, 2016.

Image requirements

  • Must be an Indiana image appropriate for display to the general public
  • Image must be in color
  • Image should be around 1800 pixels wide and 2700 pixels tall
  • The file must be at least 300 dpi, high quality, jpg or tiff file


Please do not submit images taken by someone else. You must be the creator and copyright owner of any photo submitted. By your submission, you are giving the Indiana University Press staff permission to use the image in One Day in May.

Use of Photos for One Day in May

The Indiana University Press staff will make the final decision about what photos will be used in the book. Photographers will not receive monetary compensation if their photo is chosen, but will receive credit in the book and one complimentary copy of the book. Indiana University Press staff reserves the right to edit captions.

Photos of People


If the photo is of a person(s), the photographer affirms the person(s) in the photo has given permission to be included in the photo and for the photo to be used in One Day in May without any fee or other form of compensation. The photographer must also be able to provide proof of consent.

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Contact Info

Herman B Wells Library
1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-3403
(812) 855-2576 (Fax)
Carolyn Walters
Carolyn Walters - Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, Associate Librarian
(812) 855-3403