June 7, 2014 10:49 pm

WATCH: A look at Vancouver’s troubled Downtown Eastside through residents’ eyes

A community known for its struggles showed off its strengths yesterday.

Live music helped residents of the Downtown Eastside kick off the 12th annual Hope in Shadows photography contest.

The three-day contest aims to give residents of the troubled neighbourhood a chance to take pride in their community.

Residents are given a free camera and are expected to submit more than 3,000 photos for cash prizes.

Their photos are also printed into a calendar, which is then sold by low income residents who share the profits.

More than 75,000 calendars have been sold since 2003.

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