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4 February 2013
Call for Chicken Photos & Stories

The National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) seeks photographs and stories demonstrating chickens’ unique personalities for its upcoming exhibit, “Un-Cooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken.”

This exhibit will explore the origins of and the cultural attitudes towards one of the most common—yet most often overlooked—of all domesticated animals: the chicken. The exhibit's aim is three fold: to explore our perceptions of chickens that shape our relationship with them, to examine the historical and current day ways we treat chickens, and finally, to discover who chickens truly are. This last component will be explored in part through a gallery of chicken portraits and brief stories or biographies introducing the public to members of this under-appreciated species.

To submit an entry for consideration in this gallery, please send one or more high-resolution digital photos to abbie@museumofanimals.org, accompanied by

• your name
• your address
• your phone number
• your email address
• the photographer’s name (if different from you)
• the chicken’s name
• a story or description that shows what makes this chicken special
(please keep under 500 words)

Entries should avoid use of props, costumes, and staged stunts. Close-up, portrait-type photos are preferred. NMAS reserves the right to decline any submissions that conflict with the exhibit’s standards. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. The exhibit will debut online in May 2013 to coincide with International Respect for Chickens Month.

Carolyn Merino Mullin
Founder & Executive Director, National Museum of Animals & Society

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