By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is an annual visual studies and educational initiative designed to promote the common heritage of the Silk Roads. It officially launched on 19 September 2019 and is open to participants aged 14-25 living in or travelling along the Silk Roads, the UNESCO said in a statement.
The organization invited participants to express their unique creativity and individuality through the medium of photography, sharing images that highlight the significant cultural interactions inherited from the Silk Roads.
“This year photographs must highlight Silk Roads common heritage through the three themes of: gastronomy and food production, music and dance, and traditional sports and games,” according to UNESCO, adding contributions will be examined by an international Selection Committee composed of renowned experts. The deadline for contributions is 6 January 2020 23:59:59 (GMT+1).
The UNESCO says that there will be two distinct categories for winners: 14-17 years old, and 18-25 years old. “Three winners, each to receive prizes, will be selected from each of these categories, and their names will be announced online on 21 March 2020.”
“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 an awards ceremony. Additionally, a travelling exhibition of around fifty photos that best represent the spirit of the contest and its themes will be exhibited in various countries around the world,” the UNESCO said in the statement, adding the selected photographs will also appear in a professionally bound collection of printed images.
UNESCO says that in the rapidly evolving globalized community, the power of visual instruction in raising awareness among younger generations is vital. Sharing images that capture elements of cultural interaction stimulates dialogue, fosters mutual understanding, and promotes peace among diverse populations, the organization added.
UNESCO encouraged everyone eligible to participate in our Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest.