UNESCO announces the winners of
the Second Kabul Photo Biennale
11th October 2017, UNESCO Office for Afghanistan—UNESCO announces the winners of the Second Kabul Photo Biennale on the theme of REBIRTH.
The Second Kabul Photo Biennale (2017) is an event organized by the Government of Afghanistan and UNESCO within the framework of the NPCE—the National Programme for Culture and Creative Economy.
The 2017 Biennale organized a nation-wide open photo competition between July 13th and September 13th 2017, inviting professionals and enthusiasts to submit photos on the theme of REBIRTH.
The winners were selected anonymously by an independent jury of five photographers and filmmakers composed of, Mr. Reza Deghati (President of Jury), Ms. Sadie Quarrier, Mr. Massoud Hossaini, Ms. Nelofer Pazira and Mr. Atiq Rahimi, with the results available on the UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/kabul) and the Photo Biennale websites (http://www.kabulphotobiennale.org), as well as on the Biennale’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/kabul.photobiennale).
From more then 2000 and 1000 photographs received respectively in the camera and mobile-phone categories, the Jury selected the following:
Camera: 1st prize - Martial Arts, by Hedayatullah Amid
2nd prize - Around and Around, by Rahmat Gul
3rd price – Floating, by Jawad Jalali
Honorary mention - In Front of Darul Aman Palace, by Omer Khan.
Mobile-phone: Top 3 photo - Soldiering On, by Abdul Latif Azimi
Top 3 photo - Playing at Dusk, by Khoshhal Barialai
Top 3 photo - Mister Afghanistan Competition, by Farshad Usyan
The jury commented on the first winning photo taken by Hedayatullah Amid adding that, “The photo has perfection in its composition and its subject. It shows the image which goes beyond general understanding of Afghan women, and poses positive strength of the country driven by the people of Afghanistan.”
A first show of the sixty photographs short-listed by the Jury was organized in the gardens of the Presidential Palace on occasion of the Senior Official Meeting (SOM) on October 4th and 5th, showcasing photographs from the past and present Biennales.
The photographs will be on show in Kabul at the Queen’s Palace, Babur Gardens between October 12th and November 11th in an exhibition open to all. Future venues will be announced.
The NPCE (National Program for Culture and Creative Economy) closely adheres to the Government of Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework for 2017 – 2021, which recalls that the country must use “its rich cultural heritage to build a national identity and sense of citizenship that rise above local enmities and perceived differences”. The NPCE is funded by the National Trust Fund for Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries that was established in 2016, as a result of an Agreement between Government of Afghanistan and UNESCO.
The NPCE covers eight Thematic Areas; one of these areas is the promotion of the Right to Culture that puts forward the right of all Afghans to access culture. In a context of post-war recovery, the emphasis on people’s right to culture is seen as instrumental in raising the awareness of the broader critical goals of reconciliation and peace building. As part of this process, photography and the visual arts means of expression and information exchange that can make an important contribution to social and cultural integration.
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