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Call for Entries: Eating Disorders and Body Image Awareness Kicks Off Fourth Annual “Imagine Me” Art Competition

PRESS RELEASE: Pekin, IL (11/7/2013) – The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation (iaedp™) announces its fourth annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition sponsored by Veritas Collaborative. Created in 2010 as a key highlight of iaedp’s annual educational Symposium, the competition is designed to promote healthy awareness and acceptance of body images, using mannequins as a unique and realistic palette for artistic expression. The winning mannequin entries will be unveiled and spotlighted at the 2014 Annual Symposium in St. Pete, Fla., where they will be auctioned-off with proceeds going towards the iaedp Foundation.

The competition solidifies iaedp’s reputation for a standard of excellence in eating disorder education. Entries are accepted from October 14, 2013 through January 15, 2014 and are judged on clarity of theme, creativity and originality, quality of composition and design and the overall impression and presentation. Mixed mediums may be used on the mannequin. Past entries have included everything from paper mache to shards of mirror. 
“The highly creative approach employed by the competing artists is what sets this art competition apart,” said Bonnie Harken, iaedp’s Managing Director. “It was created to help people learn to accept who they are and be comfortable in their bodies. Feelings are hard to define by words. This competition helps people express those feelings through art.”
The iaedp Foundation’s Imagine Me Coordinator, Blanche Williams, stated, “We look forward to another stellar year of national and international voices, once silenced, being seen and heard through creative mannequin artworks and the stories they share.”
The art competition is open to all; however, iaedp strongly encourages national and international treatment centers and private practices to submit. Mannequins can be male or female forms in different body shapes and sizes. Entries must be electronically submitted to iaedp using photographs in jpeg format, high (300+) resolution files for enlargement, photos showing four different angles and agree to sign an artist release. The winner receives an artistically customized award, cash prize and their mannequin image highlighted throughout the year.
For more details, visit http://iaedp.com/Imagine_Me_Beyond_What_You_See.html. For any additional questions and to submit entries, contact blanche@iaedp.com.

About iaedp:
Established in 1985, iaedp is recognized for its excellence in providing education and training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of healthcare treatment providers who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems, from anorexia to bulimia to binge eating and obesity. The organization offers a rigorous certification process for those who wish to receive specialized credentials in their work with people with eating disorders. For more information about iaedp, visit www.iaedp.com