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Announcing the 2011 Genetic Diseases of Children Conference Photo and Positive Expression Contest

image of  Alanna, Chromosome 18
Alanna, Chromosome 18

image of Keke, Albinism
Keke, Albinism
photos courtesy of Rick Guidotti
of Positive Exposure

The 2011 Genetic Diseases of Children Conference, in partnership with conference sponsor Positive Exposure, is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to share positive perspectives related to advancing medical research and health care for kids living with genetic disorders.

Our goal is to engage a celebration of human diversity while generating enthusiasm and awareness for the 2011 Genetic Diseases of Children Conference. Creative thinkers are encouraged to join us in celebrating the beauty of human diversity by submitting a photograph, illustration or creative expression that you feel reflects a positive perspective related to advancing research and care for kids living with a genetic difference. Twelve entries will be chosen and featured in the 2011 Genetic Diseases of Children Conference Calendar, "Positive Perspectives Make a Difference." The calendar will be distributed at the conference.

Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important so, too, is a flair for challenging stereotypes and reflecting the positive beauty of human diversity with dignity. This has been a primary mission for Positive Exposure since its inception, and a theme adopted by the 2011 Genetic Diseases of Children Conference.

Entries will be judged on creativity and effectiveness in conveying a positive message that embraces the spirit of difference and empowers kids to be kids. Join the fun; submit your entry today. We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference!


A panel led by one of Positive Exposure's founding partners, acclaimed photographer Rick Guidotti, will judge the entries using a positivity scale. In addition to Rick, the judging panel will include professional staff from the Wadsworth Center who maintain a passion for making the Genetic Diseases of Children 2011 Conference a unique experience and a signature event that celebrates the spirit of difference.

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Rick Guidotti,
Founder and
Executive Director,
Positive Exposure

Rick Guidotti, Director of Positive Exposure, completed his education in photography and filmmaking at New York's School of Visual Arts and established a studio in Manhattan, specializing in portraiture and fashion for 15 years. During that period he also worked in Milan, Paris and London for clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Revlon, L'Oreal and Life Magazine. In 1998, Rick founded Positive Exposure, a non-profit organization, that challenges stigma associated with difference by pioneering a new vision of the beauty and richness of genetic diversity. Rick's photo essay "Redefining Beauty" in Life Magazine won the Genetic Alliance's "Art of Reporting" award.