In recognition of TDVAPM 2014, the RICADV hosted an Instagram Contest!
We asked young Rhode Islanders, "What does a healthy relationship look like to you?
Rhode Islanders between the ages of 12 and 24 submitted Instagram photos showing what healthy love is to them, and we reviewed submissions throughout the month from participants showing us they #KNOWwhatloveis.
After the contest closed on February 20, the RICADV, our Public Awareness Working Group PAWG (comprised of representatives from our six member agencies), and our task force of dating and domestic violence survivors, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), selected three winning photos out of almost 200 entries!
Each winning photo conveyed a healthy relationship through the unique perspective of the contest participants:
The first place $250 grand prize winner's photo represented the importance of showing healthy love for one's family and being a healthy relationship role model for the next generation.
The second place $150 winner's entry, a recreation of a popular meme, conveyed that "love is caring even when you're angry," respectful even when you disagree.
The third place $100 winner's submission depicted that former partners can still have a healthy relationship even if they're no longer together and that setting this example for your children can help shape their understanding of healthy love.
While healthy relationships take work and are all unique, the constant between all of them is shared respect and love.
Thank you to all of the contest participants for sharing your unique and beautiful depictions of healthy love with the RICADV and your community!
View the winning photos, honorable mentions and other top entries on Flickr, and check out the first place winner below!