The IOM CA Photostory Project: Addressing the Migration from Central Asia through Photography and Story Writing

Deadline: 10 May 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Central Asia has launched  a photography award and invites University Students and Artists/Photographers (citizens of Central Asia) to submit photographs related to the theme Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia aiming to draw attention and stimulate dialogue around the theme of migration through powerful photography, story writing and open discussions with government and non government stakeholders, societies and communities; its key goals are raising awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities.

Theme

The theme for the IOM Photography Project is “Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia”.

Award Information

  • University Students
    • There will be two winners in this category. The award for the first winner and second winner will be a 4-6 months paid internship at IOM in Central Asia. During their internships the aim will be for both students to work together to create an online photo-book on migration themes based on IOM’s activities in Central Asia.
  • Artists/Photographers
    • There will be three winners in this category. The first winner will have the opportunity to present his work at Central Asia cities (Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe and others), travel to the openings of the exhibitions and also be one of the key speakers at IOM’s open discussions. IOM will work with the photographer/artist for the creation of an IOM CA photo-book. IOM will work closely with its partners to identify residency and other possible opportunities for the professional development of the winning photographer/artist. The second and the third winners will have their works produced by IOM CA and presented in the traveling exhibitions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any Central Asian University/College student (ages 18-26) can apply.
  • Photographs from both categories should bear a relationship to the subject/theme and can be of any photographic genre:
    • documentary
    • street photography
    • staged
    • conceptual, other.
  • A short text should also accompany the series of the photographs, either describing the images and telling their story or providing a short abstract which presents the concept of the artist.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • Photos
    • Number of photos: 10 to 15
    • Accepted series of images (the total number of photos that are included in the photo series shouldn’t be more than 15)
    • Accepted color or black and white photos
    • The size of each file: max 5 MB
    • File Format: .JPG, .JPEG
    • Image Resolution: 300 dpi
    • Consider photos only without additional inscriptions (no application to the logos photos, copyrights and signatures), frames, and other elements that have been added over the photos taken with the camera or after the post-processing base.
    • Don’t permit use photos made by other photographer, picture montage, add any addition elements that are absent in the photo.
    • Only moderate processing photos with the aim of improving the quality of the picture: reducing “red-eye”, improving color, sharpness adjustment level, etc.
  • Story
    • A short text accompanying the photographs (max.250 words) in English or in Russian. The text may be a story related to the series or the concept that lies behind them.

All submissions must be made online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan

For more information, please visit The IOM CA Photostory Project.

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