Just One Photo Challenge
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Welcome to the Just One Photo Challenge, a photo campaign designed to help minimize the bystander effect through inspiring a broader audience to take action, and teaching others through our own stories of times we pushed fear to the side and took action.

A few days a week we will post photos from our followers holding up the number 1 with their finger; this represents the one action it takes to move from being a bystander to a positive participant.

Want your voice to be heard? Send in a photo holding up the number 1 with an explanation about why it is important to take action, or with a personal story about a time that you took action to stop someone from going down a bad path. If you want to send in a story but wish to remain anonymous, that is perfectly alright.
Thank you to all of our contributors!

** We would like to make note, if the "1" is an inappropriate hand symbol in your culture, please feel free to hold up a paper with the #1 or some other symbol to show your solidarity. We welcome members of all nationalities and faiths. **


About the Campaign
 

"You never know the battle other people are facing. Just one person helping someone in need can improve their day, month, or even year. Doing good is not just about how it makes you feel, but the difference you can make in someone else's life." - Pennsylvania, USA
This pup wanted to show her support! She couldn't stop wagging her tail with enthusiasm!
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert Kennedy
"The simultaneous challenges in the mundanity of daily life can wear on me quite a bit, but whenever I think of giving up, I think of my friend that I kept from going down a dark path. Even though he's moved back home, he reminds me that I have the power to make a difference, and by pushing through I can make a greater difference in the lives of many." - Pennsylvania, USA
"Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander." -- Yehuda Bauer
"People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world." -- Michael Josephson
"Be the change you want to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi
"If a single drop falls into the ocean, it creates ripples. And these ripples spread. And perhaps - who knows - these ripples may grow and swell and eventually break foaming upon the shore.
Like a drop in the vast ocean, each of us causes ripples as we move through our lives. The effects of whatever we do - insignificant as it may seem - spread out beyond us. We may never know what far-reaching impact even the simplest action might have on our fellow mortals." -- Margaret Weis, The Seventh Gate
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -- Albert Einstein 
"Whenever one person stands up and says, 'wait a minute, this is wrong,' it helps other people do the same." -- Gloria Steinem
"Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters" From the poem Turning to One Another by Margaret Wheatley
"You see something scary, you should stand up and step toward it, not away from it. Instinctively, reflexively, in a raging fury." by Lee Child from Echo Burning
Happy Maryland Day!! The University of Maryland mascot, Testudo, was super excited about the Just One Photo Challenge! 
“There was a time two college age girls late at night knocked on the window of my car. I was at a traffic light and they told me that they had been at a concert and their friends left without them. They were looking for a ride to a bus back to school. I was nervous--I had never picked up anybody before. I could have said ‘I’m not getting involved’ out of that fear, but instead, thinking of my own children, I decided that there was no way I was going to leave these two young girls on the side of the road. I let them in and took them all the way back to their dorms.”
"Some people cross your path and change your course forever."
"See something, say something because tomorrow it could be you, your friend, or someone in your family."
“It’s difficult to intervene especially when dealing with a situation that involves people you are close to. There have been times when I see my friends not treating each other with respect and it’s been hard for me to step in and make things right. What people don’t realize is that you can be a bystander within your own friend group, it doesn’t just have to do with strangers”
"People need to take action. We need to hold each other accountable. Say something, you might save a life."
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” - Roosevelt

It’s important to stand up for people and intervene because you never know what someone is going through. Sometimes it takes one person, that person could be you, to let someone know you’re on their side and are there to support them.
"I was at a party recently, and this drunk guy kept trying to hit on a friend of mine. I kept putting a barrier of myself between him and my friend. He seemed like he was going to hit me, but luckily he was too drunk."
"Various famous people throughout history have been credited with the quote 'the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing'. I think people often think of this in terms of large scale conflict, like the rise of someone like Hitler or Mussolini. But it's true at the local level, at the family level, at the peer to peer level as well. We all have the ability to take action, to be empowered, to help out our friends and loved ones--and not only by being passive, but by taking an active role in caring for one another and having the courage to ask a caring question of someone who you think might be struggling."
"My second year was particularly hard: academically, emotionally, socially, etc. I thought that if I was busy, things would be better. My roommate noticed one night when we were doing work in our room and all she did was take a step back and not accept what I was giving her at face value. She's the one who saw I needed help before anyone else did. She asked more than 'how are you?', listened to what I had to say/get out, and asked what I was doing about it rather than tell me what I should be doing about it."
“It is important to intervene to set an example and be a good role model to the youth, and to show them that there are always people out there for you. I wouldn’t want my kids to be bullied or harassed and no one is there to stop it.”
"It Takes Just One" runner interacting with just one other runner to help spread the word. Conversation is critical -- one Palestinian runner speaking to one Israeli runner, one female runner speaking with one male runner, yes even one Republican runner speaking with one Democratic runner -- will make a difference. Don't just be a bystander - be involved! RUNNERS, HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER, SAFER PLACE. LEAD THE WAY - WIN THE RACE!!!