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Posted by on May 2, 2010 in Art, Photography, South Africa | 7 comments

A Moment in Time – New York Times Global Image Project

New York Times "Moment in Time" Project submission linkUpdate (03 May): The editors have put a couple of the first submissions up to view already, with more planned for a Tuesday or Wednesday interactive gallery of several thousand pictures that can be sorted geographically or thematically.

It seems that the Moment in Time submission form is proving to be problematic for some people trying to submit their photos to the NYT. This is because of the unexpected volumes of submissions the Project has, and still is receiving: “But your response was so generous — more than 10,000 photos had arrived by early evening — that it flooded our technical capacity to accept submissions.

If that’s your situation (it was mine), never fear.

If you cannot get the submission form to work, you may e-mail your photograph to us as an attachment to an e-mail message at Be sure to use the word “moment” in the subject line of your message. In the body of the message, please include your name, the location where the photograph was taken (city, town, village / state, province, county, territory, region / country) and a one- or two-sentence caption explaining the picture’s significance. Your JPEG file must be less than 5MB.

Remember that even though your picture must have been taken as close as possible to 15:00 U.T.C. on Sunday, May 2, you have until Friday, May 7, to submit it.

I’ve emailed my submission off earlier this morning. And as promised below, I’ll put it and the other submitted picture (yip, singular at this stage, my fault for not getting this info out any earlier…) into a separate post later today.

The offer to add your submission to our mini-gallery still stands to anyone reading this now – I’m thinking that with the 1000’s of submissions that the NYT is receiving that it is going to be difficult to find individual photos. The contact details are in the original post below.
It may be a little short notice, but I’ve just learned of an interesting photography project that the New York Times is planning for today: A Timely Global Mosaic, Created by All of Us

If you are about, and are able to, I think it would be a great opportunity to share some South African images with the rest of the world. Here’s a brief outline of what’s expected:

Where will you be on Sunday, May 2, at 15:00 hours (U.T.C.)? [That’ll be 17:00 on Sunday 02 May here in South Africa!]

Wherever you are, we hope you’ll have a camera — or a camera phone — in hand. And we hope you’ll be taking a picture to send to Lens that will capture this singular instant in whatever way you think would add to a marvelous global mosaic; a Web-built image of one moment in time across the world.

We extend the invitation to everyone, everywhere. Amateurs. Students. Pros. People who’ve been photographing for a lifetime or who just started yesterday.

Check out the FAQ information on the NYT site to find all the details and submission information.

Let us know if you do participate, and mail a copy of the image you submit to us at – We’ll add it to a gallery of submissions from BlaBlanians (with all the appropriate credits of course, and a link to somewhere if you want – let us know where in your mail.)

!!Please send a link ( to this post to all of your friends and family and let’s try to involve as many as possible!!


  1. Oh what a cool idea. You'll have mine sometime this afternoon!

    • Thought so too – the good idea bit. Even though I may have to cut my Sunday siesta a little short…

  2. My lunch(which I'd considered cancelling) became the most delightful and entertaining afternoon; stretched into evening and when I got home (after 9), I realised that I'd missed the boat on this one.

    • YOU considered cancelling lunch?! That would have taken some doing 🙂

      No worries Cindy, some things are just more important. Like Sunday lunches with good company, good food and good wine, that stretch into Sunday evening.

  3. Sorry, but my picture of me pulling a ZAP SIGN at the proteas for making such a feeble attempt at beating INDIA might not be the best submission from SOUTH AFRICA….

    • Probably not. It's that performance that caused me to step outside for a while around 5 – was getting a little irritated by things on the field as well.

  4. great post as usual!

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