Following the experience of the 2004 and 2005 projects on cinema and human rights, EIUC is pleased to announce a new activity in the field of human rights and visual arts: an amateur photo competition on the theme of  "Visualising Democracy". The jury of the EIUC Photo Competition will select the winning pictures on 26th and 27 August 2006.

The objective of this initiative consists in expanding EIUC activities in the field of representation on the theme of democracy and human rights in the visual arts. Considering that an image says more than thousands of words, the competition is also intended to raise awareness on democracy and human rights.



The entry forms for this contest are available since March and the deadline for entries is 4 August 2006.


  • Current students and alumni of the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA);
  • Alumni of the Regional Master's Programmes in Human Rights and Democratisation,
  • students of the EIUC and E.MA participating Universities and of Columbia University (NY).


There is no entrance fee.

Jury & selection

The judging takes place at the end of August. The prize consists of a visit to Venice with travel and accommodation paid. The prizewinning participants will be invited to receive their awards at the Opening Ceremony of the European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice in September 2006.

The contest jury comprises seven members with widely divergent backgrounds and is chaired by Mr. Nick Danziger, award-winning photographer, author and film maker. The jury acts independently of EIUC and the institution has no influence on its decisions.

Awards & prizes

Awards will be given in two categories, one for the best picture story and another for the best single image - to encourage the submission of striking images as well as in-depth photography.

For both categories, pictures will represent an issue, situation or event on the topic of "visualising democracy".

The photos must be accompanied by a justification explaining the representation of democracy.

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