With the theme I Love Nature, I Fear Pollution, the Contest is a unique opportunity for young people to use photography to highlight crucial issues and share their vision with others throughout the international community.
The Festival and Exhibition will be a chance to view the Contest entries and winning photographs. An international event, the Festival and Exhibition will visit major cities around the world and will raise global awareness about environmental issues.
Who are we?
The Children's Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, Festival and Exhibition 2012 was initiated by Leyla Aliyeva, founder of the non-governmental organisation IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action) and REZA, photographer and founder of the non-governmental organisation AINA World.
IDEA is the sponsor of The Children's Eyes On Earth initiative, which is also supported by WPO (World Photography Organisation), National Geographic Kids UK, SDN (Social Documentary Network), Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports, FotoEvidence, Aina World and Webistan Photo Agency.
How to enter:
Anyone aged 17 or under (at the time of entry) may enter the Contest and all entrants must submit at least one image illustrating the theme "I Love Nature" and one image illustrating the theme "I Fear Pollution". Entries will be assessed by an international judging panel, with a special "Your Choice" prize being awarded by public vote. All entries must be in digital format and can only be submitted through the official Contest website, www.childrenseyesonearth.com
- The Contest is now open and the deadline for entries is 5 September 2012.
- Entries will be assessed by the judging panel from 6 September 2012.
- The Festival and Exhibition will begin the first week of October 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan and thereafter will visit major cities around the world.
- 1st prize: SLR camera, a laptop computer and a photo printer.
- 2nd prize: SLR camera, an iPad and a photo printer.
- 3rd prize: SLR camera and a photo printer.
- "Your Choice" prize: SLR camera and a photo printer.
The prize winners, each accompanied by a legal guardian, will travel to Baku in Azerbaijan and participate in The Children's Eyes On Earth Photography Festival And Exhibition. The winners will also have an exclusive photographic workshop in Baku with photographer, Reza.
IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action) The sponsor of The Children's Eyes On Earth Photography Festival And Exhibition is the non-governmental organisation, IDEA, founded by environmentalist, humanitarian and artist, Leyla Aliyeva, in Azerbaijan in July 2011. IDEA works with young people to put environmental awareness and action at the heart of family, community and
national life and is based on the principles of dialogue, action, leadership and education - all essential ingredients for equipping a generation to create positive and sustainable environmental change.
"Around the world, young people are waking up to the challenge of the environment. It is in our hands to create a future where we live in harmony with the nature which supports us and gives us life," says Leyla.
A philanthropist, idealist, architect and extraordinary photographer, REZA initiated the The Children's Eyes On Earth project with IDEAʼs Leyla Aliyeva. REZA has worked in over 100 countries, photographing conflicts and human catastrophes, but also the beauty of the humanity. Since 1983 he has been running photographic training programmes around the world and in 2001 he founded Aina World, a nongovernmental organisation supporting local information initiatives in damaged civil
societies, with a specific focus on women and children.
REZA says: "The world is my field of vision. From war to peace, like the ineffable moments of poetry, my images are intended as a testimony of our humanity, as we follow the roads down which the world leads us."
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