Global Campus Visual Contest

The Contest

Global Campus Visual Contest is the contest of photography, organised by the Global Campus of Human Rights.

The goal of the contest is to create synergies between academia, Human Rights defenders and artists to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection.

The Global Campus invites photographers, professional and amateur, from all over the world to submit their work.

A number of images will be selected to be displayed on a dedicated online gallery and in connection to GC events/activities ensuring international exposure also thanks to different partners and social media channels. The international jury is comprised of renowned international photographers such as Jim Marshall, Maika Elan, Carloman Macidiano Céspedes Riojas and Frank Finance-Madureira as well as activists such Joeri Kempen.

The best pictures could receive special mentions by the partners of the contest and will be presented at the events of the Regional Masters of the Global Campus in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South East Europe.

The entry period is from the 3 September to the 8 of February 2019. The images will be submitted on Instagram @gchumanrights (Read the Apply Section)

The theme

The theme of the 2018/2019 edition of the Global Campus Visual Contest is “Free and equal in dignity and rights: images of the everyday lives of LGBTIQ+ persons”.

This theme wants to challenge the frequently negative image of LGBTIQ+ persons in the media and to encourage the elimination of the stigma, prejudice and discrimination that are still associated with what is perceived as non-conformity to rigid sexual and gender norms as well as cultural and social constructs of feminine and masculine.

Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to violence or discrimination. We want to break the negative cycle of discrimination and violence based on reductive and discriminatory images. We want to see LGBTIQ+ persons as human beings with equal dignity and rights, in their everyday life, being active agents of their existence and working with others to facilitate inclusion and openness in culture and society. We want to see human beings without labels and enjoying their freedom because the opening words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are unequivocal: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”


About the Global Campus of Human Rights

The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred participating universities around the world, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research. This global network is promoted through seven Regional Programmes based in Venice (for Europe), Sarajevo/Bologna (for South East Europe), Yerevan (for the Caucasus), Pretoria (for Africa), Bangkok (for Asia-Pacific), Buenos Aires (for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Beirut (for the Arab world).

These Regional Programmes offer high-level, specialised post-graduate education and training in human rights and democracy from a regional perspective and with interdisciplinary content, as well as a multiplicity of research, publications, public events and outreach activities.

In this context, cultural events and art are considered to have a key role, positively influencing civil society and encouraging activism and concrete social change.