Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest — https://unescosilkroadphotocontest.org/
The contest is organized in the context of the UNESCO Silk Roads Project, the UNESCO Youth Programme, and the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).
Visual arts serve as the primary communication tool for today’s youth. The power and importance of visual instruction in raising awareness for younger generations is paramount, especially concerning an understanding of key issues within the context of globalization. The Silk Roads is an expansive region, comprised of a network of maritime and land routes. It originates in South and Southeast Asia, passing through the Central Asian sub-continent, the Russian steppe, Iranian and Anatolian plateaus, and the Arabian Peninsula. It also stretches through North and Northeast Africa from Tanzania to Morocco, as well as through Eastern and Southern Europe, reaching France and Spain.
Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest provides an opportunity for youth living or travelling along the Silk Roads to more fully grasp their collective cultural heritage. In addition, it offers youth a means of using photography to express unique perspectives about their Silk Roads common legacy and pluralistic identities.
The contest is divided into two age groups: 14-17 years old, and 18-25 years old. Participants are invited to submit their photographs, which will then be examined by selected jury members.
The contest will culminate with an awards ceremony, with three winners being selected from each category. First place winners will receive a professional camera. Second place winners will receive a semi-professional camera, and the prize for third place will be a standard-model digital camera. In addition, winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the ceremony. Those under 17 years of age may be accompanied by one other family member, courtesy of UNESCO. A travelling exhibition of fifty photos which best represent the spirit of the contest will start its tour in UNESCO HQ in Paris, before travelling to other countries. To commemorate the occasion, these exceptional photographs will ultimately appear in a professionally bound collection of printed images.