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Top 5 Tips for Taking Incredible Photos of Your Survivors Day Event

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

woman painting National Cancer Survivors Day®, on Sunday, June 3, 2018, will be filled with special moments that everyone attending will want to remember. And you’ll want to be sure to have a camera on hand to capture them all. Is your camera ready? 

While some people choose to hire an event photographer to document their Celebration of Life, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take incredible photos of your NCSD event. Just follow these 5 tips for capturing those unforgettable moments from National Cancer Survivors Day® 2018:

1. Look for candid moments. Candid shots of people caught up in the moment capture the spirit of National Cancer Survivors Day® much better than posed photos in front of the same background over and over again. 

2. Capture the action. Pictures of people doing something are much more interesting than photos of people sitting still or posing. Instead of photographing cancer survivors passively listening to a keynote speaker, try to capture those special moments of laughter or tears during the motivational speech. Better yet, take photos of NCSD event activities – like crossing a finish line, lighting a remembrance candle, dancing, marching in a cancer survivor parade, giving hugs or high fives, or creating artwork.

3. And capture the interaction, as well. Take photos of your Survivors Day guests interacting. When you photograph people together, it introduces a relationship into the shot. After all, National Cancer Survivors Day® is about bringing cancer survivors together to celebrate life. Capture those special bonding moments in your photos.

4. Try to fade into the background. When people know you’re taking photos of them, they either get nervous and tense up or turn on the fake smiles and pose. To capture those candid NCSD moments, you’ll need to work on fading into the background so the cancer survivors attending your NCSD event don’t even notice you’re there. 

5. Take a LOT of photos. When you shoot multiple images, you can get some great shots that you’d have never gotten if you shot just one. You may even capture a candid moment before or after a posed shot. By taking many photos, you’ll increase your chances of getting that one perfect National Cancer Survivors Day® shot.

Your NCSD photos could be featured in Coping with Cancer magazine.

Once again, Coping with Cancer magazine is featuring National Cancer Survivors Day® in its July/August issue. And your photos could be included – maybe even on the cover of Coping magazine. 

If you’re hosting an NCSD event this year, send the best digital photos of your event to Coping with Cancer magazine by June 11 to be considered for its official coverage of National Cancer Survivors Day® 2018. Coping magazine has provided the following to help you prepare your entries:

• Format: Close up, candid shots are preferred. Front cover candidates should have a vertical format and space left at the top for the Coping logo. Inside coverage candidates can be vertical or horizontal.
• Photo Description: Provide a short description of each photo submitted; list people from left to right.
• Digital Camera: Set your camera for the highest possible resolution (quality). Submit via email; CD; or for large files, via FTP.
• Event Information: Please provide information about your event:
     • The name of the event host (sponsor) 
     • Event name
     • Location (treatment center, park, etc.) 
     • City and state where event was held
Also provide your contact information, including your name, organization, phone, and email. 

• Email to: Send photos at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
• Overnight digital photos to: Coping NCSD Issue, 1107 Lakeview Drive, Suite C-2, Franklin, TN 37067.
• Mail digital photos to: Coping NCSD Issue, P.O. Box 682268, Franklin, TN 37068-2268.
• To send digital photos by FTP: contact

• Email:
• Call: (615) 790-2400

We Can’t Wait to See Your Photos!

Make sure to share your National Cancer Survivors Day® pictures and stories with us on social media by using the hashtag #NCSD2018 and tagging us in your posts. And don’t forget to send your best shots to Coping with Cancer magazine. Your photo could be featured in the July/August issue of Coping.