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If you, someone you love or one of your patients is living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), in collaboration with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., encourages you to submit your original artwork for “PIcture My IBS Campaign,” an initiative aimed at helping individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) express their experience artistically, with the goal of improving patient-physician communication and patient care.
Picture My IBS seeks to engage, connect, inspire and motivate the IBS community to speak openly with their physicians about the impact of their symptoms. The campaign’s purpose is to encourage patients and their physicians to communicate more openly about IBS management and treatment strategies.
How to Enter
Visit the Picture My IBS campaign hub – PictureMyIBS.org – to submit your original artwork for a chance to win a trip for two to New York City.
To learn more, see samples, review the contest terms and conditions, and find out how your patients can submit original artwork, please visit PictureMyIBS.org.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Two nights and three days for two at a luxury hotel and spa in New York City
$1,800 in prize money to cover spa expenses during your stay
$1,200 American Express gift card
Your artwork featured at events and on the Picture My IBS website
FIVE HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS
$100 American Express gift card
Your artwork featured on the Picture My IBS website
The deadline for submissions to the contest is February 28, 2017.
About the Art Contest
The College launched the campaign via the Picture My IBS Art Gala during its 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas. The gala featured previously collected original artwork depicting the impact of living with IBS. The artwork remained on display at the meeting through October 18.
“IBS is not a condition that is easy for people to talk about – the Picture My IBS campaign allows patients to express the impact symptoms have on their life through the artistic medium of their choice,” said Dr. Brian E. Lacy, Co-Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology and a judge, along with Eamonn M. M. Quigley, MD, MACG, for the Picture My IBS art contest. “The College recognizes Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals for their collaboration to bring the Picture My IBS campaign to life. ACG’s goal is to help physicians better understand the serious impact IBS can have on patients.”
The gala buzzed with visitors for the two hours it was open. The art display and the accompanying stories had a profound effect on many visitors. Gala attendees and those in the IBS community shared their reactions on social media by including #PictureMyIBS in their posts. Visit the ACG Blog to see some of the posts