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February 6th, 2009
Looking for Lincoln Photo Contest: How to Enter

Where can you find Lincoln near you? Do you see Lincoln in a statue or a plaque? Is a business or school in your area named for Lincoln? Or does the spirit of Lincoln live on in the actions of people in your community?

Submit a photo, including a description of what it shows and how it relates to Lincoln. Once approved, your contribution will appear in the public gallery!

The five best Lincoln photos will win the grand prize.

Contest Deadline: March 20, 2009


To enter the contest, you’ll need a Flickr account. Then, follow these easy steps:

  • Read all contest rules below before entering.
  • Join the LOOKING FOR LINCOLN Flickr group.
  • Upload your Lincoln photo to your Flickr account.
  • Tag the photo with the tag “lincoln”.
  • Add your photo to the LOOKING FOR LINCOLN Flickr group to complete your entry and share it with Lincoln fans everywhere. (How do I do this?) The photo must be added to our Flickr group in order to be considered. Limit: three photos per person.
  • Important: Be sure to check the email account you used to sign up for Flickr! If we select your photo, we will contact you through Flickr.

Make sure you follow these steps carefully, or your photo may be disqualified.


The producers of LOOKING FOR LINCOLN will judge the entries and select five winners. The five winning photos will receive a copy of the program’s companion book, Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon by Philip B. Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt and Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. The book contains more than 900 images, many from the renowned Meserve-Kunhardt Collection. The five winning photos will be featured in a Contest Winners gallery on the LOOKING FOR LINCOLN Web site.


Adding your photo to the LOOKING FOR LINCOLN Flickr group with the tag “lincoln” constitutes entry into the contest. By entering the contest you indicate your agreement to the following terms.

  • You must be the creator of any image you submit, and you must not submit any image for which the copyright is held by another party.
  • Contest entry is limited to three photos per person.
  • Regardless of any license settings on your photo, you give permission to PBS and WNET.ORG to publish the submitted image, your first name, and your location on the LOOKING FOR LINCOLN Web site at in perpetuity.
  • Employees of PBS and WNET.ORG, and their families, are not eligible to participate.
  • In the event that your photo is selected for our slideshow, you agree to be contacted through Flickr mail. If you are contacted by the contest administrator, you agree to respond within 72 hours. If you fail to respond within 72 hours of being contacted, your photo will be disqualified.
  • In addition to the above, you agree to abide by all Flickr site guidelines.
  • Arianna

    Abraham Lincoln Sounds like he was a good president,To bad he’s not here today,=[

    Sincerly Ms.Illinois

  • latoya


  • George Cook, Westfield, NJ

    These comments come following my viewing of Looking For Lincoln, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Havard University. On the two hundredth anniversary of his birth, I fear Mr. Gates has done President Lincoln a great injustice on two counts. First, he gives short shrift to Mr. Lincoln’s pro forma advocacy of the notion colonialization, which we know he deemed infeasible, and his full intentions surrounding the “infamous meeting” of August 14, 1862, which deserves a full accounting and a documentary of its own, as it relates to the history of the relations between blacks and whites in American. Second, by inexplicably omitting Mr. Lincoln’s storied walk through Richmond, on April 4, 1862, from his documentary, Mr. Gates fails to tell the entire story of President Lincoln‘s illustrative journey towards national emancipation.

    I cannot escape the regrettable feeling that Mr. Gates acts more in the role of used car salesman, than a professional historian, as he chronicles Lincoln’s political life with the whiz and flare of a bait-and-switch artist.

    Lincoln’s views on race reflect the social sentiments of most white Americans from the founding through the nadir of race relations in America that went well into the 1900s, as Lerone Bennett‘s early own life paradoxically points out. We cannot indict Lincoln for his earliest views on the inequality of the races, without indicting American society for the past 400 years.

    Indeed, it is fair to interpret that Jefferson’s liberating ideas on human equality were derived from the needs of all people and not their innate faculties. Illuminated in this light, Lincoln did believe – throughout his adult life – that the Declaration of Independence of the United States applied to all people. Why else did Lincoln refuse to let the slave states secede from the Union?

    On thoughtful reflection, it should surprise no one that Lincoln realized most white Americans would not accept Blacks as their equals for a hundred years following emancipation. Sadly, did not history ultimately prove him right? It has been said that Lincoln’s greatest attribute as a politician was his ability to see things as the truly were.

    In the end, Blacks have fought for racial respect for more than a century after Lincoln’s martyrdom. Notwithstanding the limits of his direct experience with African-American, prior to his presidency, Blacks have had no greater friend than Abraham Lincoln, throughout the annals of American History. If only he had lived, we would most surely have come out of Reconstruction a more united and equitable nation.

    Not until the last years of the Civil War – as hundreds of thousands of freed Blacks demonstrated their love for this country and risked their lives in mortal combat for its preservation – did Lincoln’s affinity towards Black Americans transcend stereotypical racism. It was only after what David Blight called that “infamous meeting of August 1862” on the feasibility of colonialization did Lincoln learn first-hand how much American Blacks loved this country and were prepared to make a go out of living freely, if not equally, along side American Whites. Until then, given how they had been so mistreated, what reason would he have had to believe that they would really wish to do so?

    With all that was discussed about the man, no image of Lincoln was more provocative than that of the statue of “Father Abraham the Great Emancipator,” which depicts a Black man bowing on his knees before Lincoln. Given the racial sensitivities of our era, it is difficult not to be a little mortified by this image. Yet, we need to remember this statue represents a real historic event. To my mind, this scene glorifies the day Lincoln risked his life to joyfully walk along the streets of Richmond, Virginia, among a jubilant crowd of Blacks, who had been enslaved only hours before.

    It would have been only fair and right to have quoted the President, who said to the man who kneeled before him – that he should stand up, knee only to God, and thank Him for his liberty. In this instant, Lincoln’s humane goodness shown through eternally. And so it is that Father Lincoln emancipated every American, who would follow him!

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