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Editorial Without Words 50 Year celebration

Editorial Without Words 50 Year celebration

Join us in celebrating 50 years of the iconic Editorial Without Words

Be part of the celebration by submitting your photos and sharing what the image means to you.

Fifty years ago this June, news photographer Randy Dieter snapped the image of Shriner Al Hortman carrying young Shriners Hospitals for Children patient Bobbi Jo Wright. It inspired our Shriners Hospitals for Children logo, and statues based on the image (sometimes referred to as the Silent Messenger) stand outside Shriners fraternity buildings and Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.

A special celebration of this anniversary is planned for the 2020 Imperial Session in Kansas City, Missouri, the annual business meeting of Shriners International. We invite our Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children employees, patients, families and supporters to be part of the celebration by sending in your photos of the statue and sharing your thoughts about what the Editorial Without Words means to you.

What to send

  • Photographs of the Editorial Without Words statue nearest you
  • Photographs of you, your family and friends with the statue
  • One to three sentences about what the Editorial Without Words means to you or what you feel when you see the iconic statue

Photographs should be high-resolution and include the names of everyone in your photo. Names won’t be published but are necessary for internal use only.*

Where should I send my photo submission?

Please email your contribution to by May 1, 2020.

*Due to an expected high volume of submissions, not every photo will be used. By submitting your photos, you give permission to Shriners International to publish your photos in any/all multimedia projects. Photos will not be used for or shared with any third party partner or vendor.

Staff in front of statueEditorial Without Words statue