The Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia launched last week a photography contest that is aimed to encourage Khmers to value and appreciate the cultural heritage of the Kingdom and of Europe.
The photo contest is open to anyone – regardless of age, gender or nationality – who believes that photographs have the power to relay significant messages and drive positive social changes. Interested individuals are asked to submit original, hi-resolution photos (JPEG format, minimum of 5 megapixels) taken from their smartphones or cameras. A top prize of $700 worth of camera equipment is at stake.
At the launching of the competition, H.E. George Edgar, EU Ambassador to Cambodia, said that EU wants to highlight how cultural heritage shapes the identity and everyday lives of Cambodians. “It is all around us – in our towns and cities, in natural landscapes and in archaeological sites.”
“Cambodia is a country with a rich history and a rich culture. We are looking for photos that are original, tell a story, share a mood or a feeling and capture aspects of Cambodia’s culture in the widest sense,” the ambassador added, noting that this is the first time EU is hosting the photo competition.
The EU office in Cambodia will be shortlisting 10 photos from all the entries submitted on or before October 31. The top 10 photos will be exhibited at EU-hosted events around the Kingdom for the rest of the year. From the 10 entries, the best three photos will be chosen and be awarded. Announcement of winners will be held in November.
Participants can focus their photography on literature, traditional and cultural dances, clothing, ancestry, events, food and all other themes that show the cultural heritage of Cambodia and Europe. People can also submit photos they took before the competition was announced as long as they do not deviate from the contest’s main concept.
While the organisers announced that the competition is open to any photo lover in Cambodia, participants who are below 18 years old need to submit proofs of permission from their parents or guardians.
The contest – under the banner of “Our Heritage: Where the Past meets the Future” – is part of the celebration marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which has seen similar contests, exhibitions and events held around the world.
“This contest is not only about winning but this is about giving people the chance and opportunity to show their photos locally and globally,” Ambassador Edgar added.
On the awarding ceremony on December 6, the winner will be presented with a $700 gift voucher for camera equipment; while the second and third placers will receive vouchers worth $600 and $500, respectively.
For more information on the photo competition, visit https://eeas.europa.eu/cambodia or EU Cambodia’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/eu.cambodia/.