The International Photo Contest ”Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads”, taking place from 11 April to 15 July 2018, is organized within the framework of UNESCO Silk Roads Project, UNESCO Youth Programme and the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). This initiative, which benefits from the kind support and valuable advice of the renowned photographer and humanitarian, Reza, offers a good opportunity for young people from different regions of the world to visually capture their understanding and impressions of the Silk Roads common heritage in their respective countries.
Using photography in this way acts as a tool to highlight the significant historical contributions of the Silk Roads. Most importantly, it fosters mutual understanding and promotes peace amongst these diverse populations. The contest is divided into two age groups: 14-17 years old, and 18-25 years old.
The Silk Roads has played an essential role in linking different cultures. Rituals, art, music, craftwork, language, and gastronomy are all representative of intercultural interactions among diverse populations.
Monuments, archaeological sites, and architectural masterpieces are mirrors of the cultural interactions along the Silk Roads. They provide evidence of the past by acting as tangible sources of learning and transmission of knowledge inherent to local communities.
Over centuries, the landscape has provided the framework within which intercultural exchanges have occurred along the Silk Roads. Even today, it continues to serve as an important focal point among diverse populations.
People built, maintained, and traveled along the Silk Roads exchanging goods and knowledge. This was done by forging relationships with one another, beyond their territorial and generational boundaries.
The photography contest is open to everyone between 14 and 25 years old, regardless of his or her country of residence, except employees of UNESCO and the donor, China World Peace Foundation, and their family members (parents, children, siblings and spouses).
There will be two categories:
- 14 to 17 years old;
- 18 to 25 years old.
In each age category, three photographs will be awarded by the international members of the Selection Committee. It is composed of five international personalities who are recognized for their artistic work and designated by the UNESCO. Subsequently, the Selection Committee is composed of five members with a chairman, as well as a representative of the UNESCO Director-General.
- 1st Award: A professional digital single-lens reflex camera equipped with 18-55mm lens;
- 2nd Award: a Semi-professional digital camera;
- 3rd Award: Digital camera.
How to Apply?
- In order to participate, you should first create an account by completing the mandatory fields with the requested information.
- You will then be able to upload your photos to the contest’s website via your account. All participants will subsequently be divided into two age groups: 14-17 years old, and 18-25 years old.
All submitted information should be in English.
For more information please visit the official website.