Don’t Forget to Document Your National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

National Cancer Survivors Day® 2020 will be one like no other. As we celebrate cancer survivors this Sunday, don’t forget to document this historic moment.

Though this year’s NCSD celebration may look nothing like those that have come before, it will no doubt be filled with special moments that everyone will want to remember. Make a point to capture them.

Try these tips for taking great photos of National Cancer Survivors Day® 2020:

1. Tell a story.

The best NCSD photos will tell the story of your celebration from start to finish. Taking photos of key moments will help build a narrative of your Celebration of Life.

2. Make a plan.

Before your celebration begins, think about what photos you want to take. You may even want to make a list. If you’re hosting a socially distanced parade, make sure to capture people as they walk or drive by. If you’re sending out cards or care packages to cancer survivors, take a few photos of the volunteers who are putting them together. You can also ask cancer survivors to send in photos of themselves opening their gifts. For virtual events, ask cancer survivors to take photos of their families celebrating at home.

3. Embrace the change.

Nothing in our lives is “normal” right now, including National Cancer Survivors Day® celebrations. Take photos that highlight our collective “new normal.” Look for the positive.

4. Remember to keep your distance.

When photographing people outside your immediate circle, remember to keep at least six feet of distance between you and your subject. Put your camera’s zoom function to good use. NCSD event coordinators can also ask participants to send you their own photos from the day so you can combine them into one shareable album.

5. Be selective.

With digital cameras, it’s easy to take hundreds of photos in one day. But that doesn’t mean you should share them all. Spend some time picking out the best ones to post or share.

Your NCSD photos could be featured in Coping with Cancer magazine.

Once again, Coping with Cancer magazine is featuring National Cancer Survivors Day® in its July/August issue. And your photos could be included.

If you’re celebrating NCSD this year, send the best digital photos of your Celebration of Life to Coping with Cancer magazine by June 15 to be considered for its official coverage of National Cancer Survivors Day® 2020. Coping has provided the following to help you prepare your entries:


Format: Close up, candid shots are preferred.

Photo Description: Provide a short description of each photo submitted; list people from left to right.

Digital Camera: Set your camera for the highest possible resolution (quality). Submit via email or file transfer service such as DropBox or WeTransfer.

Event Information: Please provide information about your event:

  • The name of the event host (sponsor) 
  • Event name 
  • Location (treatment center, park, etc.) 
  • City and state where event was held 

Also provide your contact information, including your name, organization, phone, and email.


* Email to: Send photos at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
* Send your DropBox, WeTransfer, or other file transfer link to:

* Email:
* Call: (615) 790-2400

By submitting your photo(s), you and your sponsoring organization(s) acknowledge that you have the rights to the photo(s) and grant permission to allow Coping and the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation to use submitted materials, in whole or in part, in print and electronic formats and for future publicity for National Cancer Survivors Day.

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