IMAGES FROM THE HEART: Touching Lives, Bridging Cultures
A Curated Photo Exhibit by the
American Society of Echocardiography Foundation
Give Us Your Best Shot!

In recent years, we’ve been inspired by photographs taken by ASE members while traveling the world to participate in various humanitarian events. As ASE members, there is no doubt that you excel at taking images of the heart. Now we’d like to give you the opportunity to share the images you’ve taken from the heart. Perhaps you took a special photo of a child you met along the way, the chaos of traffic in India, a marketplace in China, daily life in Hanoi, or a new group of friends in Kenya.  We invite you to share these heartfelt memories (and tell us what they mean to you) for our 2nd annual photography exhibit, to be held during ASE 2017 in Baltimore, June 2-6, 2017.


Photographs taken while the photographer was participating in humanitarian or training events that were medical in nature. The photographs themselves need not be medically themed, but may capture faces of people met along the way, landscapes, cultural observations, etc.  If you do submit a photograph of a patient examination, we ask that you be respectful in protecting the privacy and dignity of the patient.

Photo right:  “Lineas de la Vida (Wrinkles of Life)” by Federico M. Asch, MD, FASE, photographed in Tartagal, Argentina, 2015.

Entry Rules:

The ASEF photo exhibit will be open to entries by all members of the American Society of Echocardiography, regardless of whether the medical humanitarian event was sponsored by ASEF or another non-profit/NGO organization. Non-members who participated in an ASEF-sponsored humanitarian event may also submit entries.


All images must have been photographed no earlier than January 2012 to be eligible.

Photo right: “Distress” by Timothy M. Cordes, MD, photographed in Kampala, Uganda, 2015.

Accepting Entries Now – How to Submit Photographs

Photo entries will be accepted electronically February 1 – March 31, 2017.  Please follow these instructions:

All entries should be emailed to Rhonda Price at by March 31, 2017.  For photo entries from the April 2017 ASEF event in Havana, the deadline for entries will be extended to April 30, 2017.

Please send one photograph per email, along with the accompanying descriptive information. This will minimize confusion about which description goes with which photograph.

For entry purposes, photographs should be a minimum of  72dpi, and should be in a jpg or tiff format.  If your entry is accepted in the curated photo display (limited to 26 photographs and selected by an external curator), you will be asked to mail an 11×14 copy of the photograph (300 dpi recommended) to the ASE Foundation by a designated date.

All qualified entries will be included in the electronic display, regardless of whether selected to be in the curated display. Entries submitted for the 2016 exhibit that were not included in the curated display may be re-submitted by the photographer for 2017.

Basic photo processing such as cropping, exposure, contrast, color balance and adjustment, saturation, sharpening and dust spotting is allowed.  Altering photos by adding or removing objects, backgrounds or skies, or combining two or more photos with different elements, adding colors or textures not in the original capture, and other major alterations that transform the image into something significantly different than the original capture are not allowed

Please name your photographs in the following way: your first initial/last name/underline/number.  For example, if EastWestJohn Smith submits four entries, his photographs will be named jsmith_1.jpg, jsmith_2.jpg, etc.  He would send each photo in a separate email.

Please also include the following information with each photograph (include in the body of the email or as an attached Word doc):

  • Title of the Photograph (not what you named the file, but a descriptive title you’ve selected).
  • Name of the photographer
  • Type of Camera/Phone used
  • Category:  Our categories for this exhibit are (1) People/Faces, (2) Places/Nature/Animals, or (3) Culture
  • Location/Name/Dates of the Event
  • Event Sponsor (ASE or other organization)
  • Background on the subject/ what it means to you (100 words or less).

An example of how this information will be used can be found below.

When your entries have been received and qualified, you’ll be sent a confirming email that includes a link for a release form allowing the ASE Foundation to display the image. There will not be a fee for entries, but everyone submitting an entry is encouraged to donate to the ASE Foundation to ensure continued ASEF support of humanitarian/educational events worldwide.

We encourage you to enter soon and often.  GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT(S)!

Photo above right:  “East Meets West” by Tu Nguyen, photographed in SaPa, Vietnam, 2015.

All photographs shown on this page were included in the 2016 curated photo exhibit.  

Title: The Barber

BarberPhotographer: Barry Canaday, RN, MS, RDCS, RCS, FASE

Camera: Sony Alpha Nex-5, Sony E 18-200 mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens

Event: ASE Global: Focus on India

Dates of event: January 18 – 24, 2012

Background:  On the drive back to New Delhi from Sirsa, there were many local barber “shops” along the highway.  This was the most colorful one of the bunch!

Barry Canaday was recognized with the “Juror’s Award of Excellence” for his body of work in the 2016 photo exhibit.