The theme: “Blowing soap bubbles”. Deadline: July 22nd, 2015. Towards the IPF World Week (5-11 October 2015)

The Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Week was created in 2012 as an initiative to inform people around the globe that Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a rare and poorly understood chronic and ultimately fatal lung disease. Each year, around 35,000 people in Europe are newly diagnosed with IPF, with this number likely to increase in the future. Each year during one week, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patient associations across the world join together to drive action for greater awareness of IPF, call for better access to care, and bring hope to those living with the condition.

This year’s IPF world week will take place 5-11 October 2015
Visit IPF website

The 2015 photo contest.

The theme to raise awareness on IPF is “Blowing soap bubbles”. Deadline July 22

Blowing soap bubbles is a joyful activity. When you are healthy, it takes less than a second to blow bubbles. If you are a patient with IPF, this simple activity can be very challenging. The Breath of Hope Campaign aims to raise awareness of IPF while reminding about the importance of lung fitness/health.

Blowing soap bubbles can be done alone or in a group/with your family/with your doctor/with your pet – one can blow big or small bubbles; one can blow them from a special location or while doing an activity.

Some initial ideas for the photo contest:

Get some members of your organization together, wearing the organisation’s branded t-shirts and blow bubbles
Form the letters of IPF with people on a piece of grass while blowing bubbles
Get a family generation together (grandparents, parents, children) and blow different sizes of bubbles
There are two ways to portray “blowing soap bubbles”, namely by submitting photos. Details for the submission of either contest are explained here.


What is the photo contest all about?
On behalf of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patient associations across the world, we would like to repeat the idea to run a photo contest. The aim is to submit an image that represents at its best the theme “blowing soap bubbles”.

Why should you participate?
The winning image will be used as key image across all the 2015 IPF World Week campaign materials.

Who can participate?
Registration is open to everyone of any level of capability, experience or country of origin. Both professional and amateur photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos.

How can you participate?
The photo needs to visualize a portrait of a subject blowing soap bubbles. A maximum of three photos per submission is allowed. You need to submit your images via the IPF World Week website or send it to no later than July 22, 2015

What are the technical requirements?
The photo must be submitted in colour, with a minimum size 200 mm x 300 mm and a resolution of 300 dpi/inch.

When do you submit your images?
Photo entrees must be submitted no later than July 22, 2015 and sent to the following email address:


Selection Procedure
Who will choose the winner?

Patient associations participating to the website will vote the winning photo.
When will the voting process be completed?
The voting process will be closed by July 22th, 2015. The winner will be informed via email.

Legal requirements
What are the legal requirements to participate?
Complete a registration form (available hereas well as in annex)

All entrees must be submitted together with a registration form duly completed that allows and its affiliates to use the submitted competition entrees as part of its disease awareness raising activities. Details of permissions and licenses granted are featured on the reverse of the registration form. By signing the registration form, participants are agreeing to all the terms and conditions stipulated. If there are any questions, please send an email to
Personal release form (available hereas well as in annex)
All subjects either photographed must sign a personal release form, which grants permission to use and reproduce their image. A personal release form is contained in the registration pack. For any subjects below the age of majority, the legal parent or guardian must sign the personal release form on their behalf. If there are any questions, please send an email to

Contacts of secretariat

IPF World Week secretariat:
Rosalba Mele
AMA Fuori Dal Buio
Via del Pozzo, 72
41100 Modena, Italy

Weber Shandwick Geneva
Daniela Negri / Virginia Hasenmeyer
Passage Malbuisson 15
1204 Geneva, Switzerland