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A new photography competition for positive social change
PhotoVoice is an award-winning, UKbased charity that works across the world to harness the power of participatory photography for social change. Now PhotoVoice has teamed up with Professional Photography to promote an exciting photography competition. Every two months, photographers worldwide will be invited to submit images based on a theme inspired by PhotoVoice’s projects, past and present. The winner will have their images featured in the pages of Professional Photography, in PhotoVoice’s quarterly publication Photo Voices, and on PhotoVoice’s website, as well as receiving a small cash prize. All winning images will be showcased at an exhibition in 2017.
The the me
In recognition of International Women’s day, the March competition theme is Discovery. This theme was inspired by a participant of the PhotoVoice project ‘MAMPU’, which worked with women affected by migration in Indonesia. In this image (shown left), Aini shares the importance of education and self-advocacy to promote positive change. “When we want to see change, it’s us who should make it happen. Learning shall not be done only at school. Learn about everything with everyone, whenever, wherever. Never stop learning. If we are not making the change that we want, then who will?” We want to see images that reflect on the theme of Discovery, in all genres of photography. How have new ventures and learning supported you, your family, a community or society? Please feel free to interpret the theme in whichever way you like.
How to enter
Entry is free for PhotoVoice members, or £10 to enter for non-members. The competition is open from the 2nd to 27th March 2017 and will be judged by Meredith Hutchison. To find out more about the competition and to enter it, please visit www.photovoice.org/competition
More about MAMPU
The Government of Indonesia and the Government of Austraila joined forces to launch the programme ‘Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction’ or ‘MAMPU’ to increase women’s access to public services and livelihoods in Indonesia. In 2015, PhotoVoice joined the MAMPU programme to work with 24 women affected by migrant work on two Indonesian islands. Using the camera as a communication tool, the women produced photographs that spoke out about their experiences. The project also provided valuable insight for local and national organisations who are working to address these issues, as well as vital case studies for campaigning work. Lily Bungay, 30, is part of a street photography collective who get together to capture the everyday happenings of London. “Each time we meet, we head to a different part of the city,” she explains. “It might be Columbia Road Flower Market, to take pictures of the stall sellers in all their bellowing glory, or Piccadilly Circus, to capture tourists behaving strangely.” Her winning image was taken one Sunday at the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival, she explains. ”It’s an eccentric British tradition which goes back 125 years where ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ of elected leaders of different areas of London dress up in suits and hats covered in hundreds of shiny buttons. “Naturally, an event of this kind brought all sorts out to witness the parade across town. In front of me, Morris dancers were performing whilst the Pearly Kings and Queens paraded in the square alongside a marching band, waving to the cheering crowd. I couldn’t quite get as close as I wanted to the buttoned-up royalty, so I took a few steps back and wandered around the thinning crowd at the back. “This is where I saw this formation of three perfectly random strangers. I think the police officer was being asked where the parade was heading next. It was a tableau that made me smile. It sums up modern society in London. The coming together of all walks of life, brought about by a proper London knees-up!” Bungay was delighted to win the contest, and looks forward to continuing her street photography. “It’s helped me slow down and appreciate London in a different way. By going to events which I ordinarily might not, I have discovered an eccentric, beautiful and wonderfully amusing side to London.”