Share your pho­tog­ra­phy, sup­port a char­ity

A new pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion for pos­i­tive so­cial change

Professional Photography - - Rising Stars - Lily Bun­gay

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.”

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