Rohingya from anywhere may participate for a chance to showcase their talent and win cash prizes
A photography competition for Rohingya refugees will be held from April 23- August 23, featuring two broad categories -Rohingya life and Response to Coronavirus. Rohingya from anywhere in the world may participate for a chance to showcase their talent and win cash prizes.
A selection of photographs will be exhibited at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) in Ottawa, Canada and the Oxford Human Rights Festival, Oxford, United Kingdom as well as online on social media. It is anticipated that other cities will also feature the exhibition. A London photography studio will run a series of the best photographs on its instagram account.
“The world is living through unprecedented times," documentary film-maker and organiser of the contest, Shafiur Rahman, said. "The Rohingya in the camps of Bangladesh are facing enormous pressures. A photography competition at this time, based in the camps and elsewhere, may help us visualise and understand the contexts in which they live and which we helped create. Such a competition would represent a notebook of the times. In my three years of filming and photographing in the camps, I have repeatedly encountered enthusiasm for photography - be it from a journalistic or artistic perspective. In this lockdown, and in these times of unseen threats, I believe the time is now to afford young Rohingya men, women and children, a chance at self-expression and bearing witness, albeit in this limited medium and limited way.”
Entries will be made by WhatsApp or Twitter or Facebook.