Global Campus Visual Contest 2017 - Memory and Reconciliation

Publish Date: Mar 20, 2017

Deadline: Jun 30, 2017

About the contest

Global Campus Visual Contest is the contest of photography and video-making, organized by the Global Campus of Human Rights.

The goal of the contest is to create synergies between academia, Human Rights defenders and artists to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection.

The Global Campus invites photographers and video-makers, professional and amateur, from all over the world to submit their work.

The competition will have two category levels, for professional artists and amateurs to which students and Alumni from the Global Campus are particularly encouraged to apply. A number of images and videos will be selected to be displayed on a dedicated online gallery and in connection to GC events/activities ensuring international exposure also thanks to different partners and social media channels. Winners will be determined by an international jury composed of leading experts in the field of photography and documentary filmmaking and of members of the GC network.

In connection to the awarding ceremony of the European Master’s programme in Venice at the end of September 2017 the winning photo and best short video will be presented to an audience of around 500 people composed of academics, students, representatives of UN, EU, International organisations and NGOs. Other events organised at the venues of the different Regional Masters of the Global Campus will further promote the results in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South East Europe.

The theme

The theme for this edition is Memory and Reconciliation.  Memory and how do we envision the past has a potent impact on the creation of the present and future of a country and the current understanding of human rights concerns. Sometimes a traumatic past of conflicts and atrocities generate contrasting memories and selective narratives that might be instrumentalised by the political power.

A collective memory manifests itself in decisions regarding the commemoration of dates, trials of former oppressors, establishment of sites and museums of memory, artworks and memorials and its role in the public education. This photo and video competition seeks to promote reflection on the various collective rememberings and experiences of the past and to which extent it is possible to establish conditions for crime recognition and forgiveness.

About the Global Campus of Human Rights

The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred participating universities around the world, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research. This global network is promoted through seven Regional Programmes based in Venice (for Europe), Sarajevo/Bologna (for South East Europe), Yerevan (for the Caucasus), Pretoria (for Africa), Sydney/Bangkok (for Asia-Pacific), Buenos Aires (for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Beirut (for the Arab world).

These Regional Programmes offer high-level, specialised post-graduate education and training in human rights and democracy from a regional perspective and with interdisciplinary content, as well as a multiplicity of research, publications, public events and outreach activities.

In this context, cultural events and art are considered to have a key role, positively influencing civil society and encouraging activism and concrete social change.


Rules for photographic entries

The Global Campus Visual Contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

The theme for this edition is Memory and Reconciliation. Memory and how do we envision the past has a potent impact on the creation of the present and future of a country and the current understanding of human rights concerns.

The entry period is from 1 May to the 30 of June 2017.

During the entry period, you can submit your photo by uploading it on this website. Entries submitted by e-mail or regular post will not be accepted.

The number of images submitted by each participant is restricted to one.

The uploaded image must be in digital format, longest dimension should not exceed 1900 pixels (minimum 800px width), JPEG/72 dpi recommended. Selected candidates must be able to provide a high resolution digital file (minimum 2000px wide at 300dpi) for publication or display purposes related to the contest.

Read carefully the regulation and fill the online entry form.

All entries must be accompanied by:

  • name and surname of the photographer
  • date of birth
  • country of residence
  • a description (maximum 100 words in English) of the submitted material explaining how the image represents the theme “Memory and reconciliation”
  • a caption to include the object, date, location

Participants will be the 100% owners and creators of the photo they submit. Copyright of the image will remain at all times with the photographer. The photo must not contain material that violates, misappropriates, or infringes upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property rights.

Images will be used in connection to the Contest and may be used also to promote the educational objectives and activities of the GC. To promote the Contest and related events, Global Campus is granted the right to display the images submitted on social network websites. The name of the author will be always indicated.

To comply with Italian privacy laws, participants must agree on EIUC handling their personal data and publishing their original material in relation to the promotion and realisation of the contest and related events. Any information you submit, including your photo, may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by the Global Campus and its affiliates for the purposes of administering the contest.

Entries will be judged by nominated judges on the basis of subject, originality, and style.

There is no entrance fee.

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