Dan Eldon


The Creative Activist Contest0 Comments

17 Aug, 2012

Born in London, Dan Eldon grew up in Nairobi Kenya, where he discovered the power of “creative activists” who tackled challenges in their neighborhoods and communities with innovative, impactful solutions. At the age of 21, Dan became a photojournalist in Somalia in 1991, where he shot images that helped launch a global relief mission to bring aid to the troubled country. On July 12th, 1993, a U.N. bombing in Mogadishu targeting a Somali war lord caused several hundred casualties. Called by survivors to shoot the carnage, Dan and three colleagues traveled to the site, where they were attacked, stoned and beaten to death by a frenzied mob. Dan was 22 years old.

After his death, his family found 17 black-bound leather journals filled vivid collages about his world that have provided inspiration to countless artists, photographers and filmmakers across the globe. Dan’s spirit of creative activism lives on through the Creative Visions Foundation, which supports and empowers “Creative Activists” like Dan who seek innovative solutions to local and global issues and use arts and media to ignite positive change.


This is His Story- We’re looking for Yours!


Please submit a scan (at least 70 res) of an original piece of artwork inspired by the story of Dan Eldon that reflects your creative spark and demonstrates your passion for positive action. Each entry should be accompanied by a brief write-up explaining the inspiration behind the design. Art can include: A collage, drawing, painting, short film (no more than 5 minutes), or photogaph.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (pst) on September 7th, 2012. No purchase necessary to win. Contestants will enter by submitting their work in jpeg or .mov format via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). After a panel of judges reviews the submissions, fifteen finalists will be chosen to be featured on the Creative Visions Foundation and Dan Eldon Project facebook pages, where the design with the most number of “likes” will be featured in the Fall 2013 line of Dan Eldon Project T-Shirts. Additionally, the winning artist will receive a trip to Los Angeles to have dinner with Kathy and Amy Eldon at the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism.

ELIGIBILITY: This is contest open to all residents in the continental United States of America. Everyone with an inspired story is welcome and encouraged to participate. All participants must be familiar with the story of Dan Eldon and the mission of Creative Visions Foundation. Additionally, all participants, prior to entering the contest, must “like” the Creative Visions Foundation and Dan Eldon Project facebook pages.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified within 30 days after the determination date.


Here is some of Dan's work to inspire you!


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