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Press release: International photo competition to reward best photos on the diasporas of Europe


Press release: International photo competition to reward best photos on the diasporas of Europe
Participants to capture what makes them feel strongly about diaspora identity and pin it on the map of Europe to win a GoPro camera and have their photo exhibited at the European Parliament

On February 1, January the project “A Europe of diasporas” launched a competition for the best photo to illustrate the life and legacy of the Armenian, Jewish, Roma and Assyrian diasporas of Europe. The project as well as the competition are run jointly by the organizations AGBU Europe, Phiren Amenca and EUJS.

The competition is open to all and submissions must be made directly to the web site The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.

The aim of the competition is to help place Europe’s diasporas on the map: diasporas are recognizable not by the borders they draw, but by the contributions they make to European society, including memorable landmarks and individuals that marked their epoch.

To enter a picture, the competition, simply follow these 3 steps:
1. Follow “A Europe of Diaspora” on Facebook.
2. Upload a photo to our website that shows a place, person or moment that makes you feel strong about your Armenian, Jewish, Roma or Assyrian identity before 12:00 pm (midday) Central European Time on 31 March 2016.
3. Name the photo, pin the location in Europe and briefly tell its story.

“…The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” -Ernst Haas.

Questions and comments? Drop us an email at [email protected]

This competition is open to entrants aged 18 years and over regardless of their country of residence. More info on eligibility can be found in our terms and conditions.

About the ‘Europe of Diasporas’ project. A “Europe of Diasporas” is a European project and is a first step towards the establishment of a network of diasporas in Europe. This network will aim to help affirm the notion that diasporas have been part of the European story for many centuries and that they are an asset for Europe. It promotes the idea that diasporas identities need not be tied to a territory or to a source of authority to be legitimate and valuable.

Phiren Amenca is a network of Roma and non-Roma volunteers and voluntary service organizations creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement, in order to challenge stereotypes and racism.

The European Union of Jewish Students is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan umbrella organization that supports Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represents its members in international institutions and organizations.

AGBU Europe coordinates and develops the pan-European activities of the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Established in 1906, AGBU is the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization. AGBU Europe runs numerous programmes in fields relating to academic research, the preservation and promotion of heritage, education and culture as well as awareness raising, advocacy and leadership training.