The Pursuit of Happiness: a photography competition from ENO

July 3, 2008

The Pursuit of Happiness??...

Candide: The Pursuit of Happiness??...

Calling all budding photographers! English National Opera, in association with The Photographers Gallery would like to offer you the chance to win a funky fifties style Diana camera, a year’s membership to The Photographers’ Gallery (London) plus two free tickets to see Candide and a bottle of champagne.

Voltaire’s Candide is a naïve optimist whose travels around the world in pursuit of happiness are challenged by a series of adverse circumstances – to great comic effect! Inspired by Voltaire’s masterpiece, Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, On the Town) wrote the musical Candide which maximises the deliciously rich content of the novel by combining the philosophical, the dramatic and the comedic in one witty and entertaining masterpiece.

ENO is delighted to be staging an outstanding production of Candide at the London Coliseum from 23 June to 12 July and in this adaptation, Director Robert Carson has set the story in post-war America of the 1950s offering a new angle on Candide’s optimism in the wake of the international horror of WWII.

Voltaire’s Candide has, therefore been an inspiration to creative talents across the centuries! How does it inspire you?

We want to see your photographs inspired by Candide’s travels in pursuit of happiness. Taking inspiration from this story in its various guises we’d like to hear what Candide’s philosophy means to you!

For more inspiration, check out our interview with director Robert Carsen: or watch our series of behind the scenes films:

To Enter The Pursuit of Happiness competition

Upload your photograph entitled ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ to our Flickr group: Deadline is Thursday 10 July. A winner will be chosen and notified by Friday 11 July 2008 and the winning image published in our blog

We look forward to receiving all your entries and wish you the best of luck. You can enter as many images as you like, but the winner will be chosen on its relevance to the title ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and to ENO’s production of Candide.

ENO Interactive

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