"14 days to Save the World"
Deadline for entries is December 10, 2009 at midnight.
The challenge is to illustrate one of the 30 human rights in a photograph or a photo story with a Leica camera and/or Leica lens. There is no limit for the number of human rights concepts you illustrate. You can illustrate one, five or as many as you like (see list of human rights below). Entry is free.
Entry and formats:
Pictures must be submitted no later than midnight your local time on December 10, 2009. The end date, December 10, marks the 61th anniversary for the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (see more in the bottom of the page).
Each picture will end in a format of 640 pixels wide in the gallery why this is the minimum format to submit. You may resize your image(s) to fit that format (the jury may require a larger version if needed for proper judging).
The format must be JPG and file size no larger than 8 MB per image.
Each single image should contain: Photographers name, camera and and lens used. Maintain EXIF data and as much as possible information in the file. If you feel an image needs a caption, feel free to add this in the caption field of the file (open the image in Photoshop > File > File info and then insert the caption in the "Description" field). You may also enclose the description as text in the e-mail.
Single images entry: Add a prefix to the file name 01-, 30-, 22-, etc. depending on which Human Rights article the image is illustrating. Example: An image about copyright would be human rights article no 27 why the image file name would be for exampe: 27-9990168.JPG.
Stories entry: Send a folder or a zipped folder where the folder has a prefix for the human rights article you are illustrating. Example:
The images inside the folder should be named with a number and letter to illustrate the human rights number and the sequence of the images, for example:
There is no limitations as to when the images were taken. Only that the image(s) was taken by you, using a Leica camera and/or Leica lens. This includes Canon cameras with Leica R-lenses, Panasonic cameras with Leica lenses, Nikon cameras using Leitax-fitted Leica R lenses, Epson cameas with Leica lenses, Minolta cameras with Leica lenses, etc.
A main winner will be announced on January 10, 2010 and will be awarded a certificate "Winner of the 2009 Human Rights Photo Competition for Leica Photographers" and a 160GB iPod Classic in black or silver (or a gift card) from the competion sponsor, B&H Photo Video.
Winners in each category of the 30 human rights will be abbounced and will recieve a certificate. The judges may also issue honorable mention of more than those images.
The gallery of images:
A gallery with the images will be made public at a point after December 10. By submitting images you allow your image(s) to be shown in the gallery. You retain copyright on all image(s) and these will not be used any other place than in the gallery without your permission.
Steve Huff, an Illinois-based photographer and photo enthusiast who also runs the stevehuffphoto.com website with tests and reviews of cameras.
Chris Weeks, a Los Angeles-based photographer known for his Leica and Street Photography passion, latest expressed in the 42 min video "Documenting the Human Condition".
Thorsten Overgaard, a Danish feature writer and photographer who also runs the Thorsten Overgaard Leica Sites.
What are the human rights?
The background for this competition is the human rights. Yes, we all know them, it's ... year, what are they exactly? How many rights are there? Who are they for?
Don't be shy to admit you don't know them by hearth. Here's the short version of them for inspiration and so you can get going with ideas. Further below is a longer story on the human rights and their background.
The 30 human rights in short form:
(Click here for the long form at the United Nations website in English):
01: We Are All Born Free & Equal
02: Don't Discriminate
03: The Right to Life
04: No Slavery
05: No Torture
06: You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go
07: We're All Equal Before the Law
08: Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law
09: No Unfair Detainment
10: The Right to Trial
11: We're Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty
12: The Right to Privacy
13: Freedom to Move
14: The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live
15: Right to a Nationality
16: Marriage and Family
17: The Right to Your Own Things
18: Freedom of Thought
19: Freedom of Expression
20: The Right to Public Assembly
21: The Right to Democracy
22: Social Security
23: Workers' Rights
24: The Right to Play
25: Food and Shelter for All
26: The Right to Education
28: A Fair and Free World
30: No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights
(Click here for the long form at the United Nations website in English):
The background for human rights
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," so says Article 1 in the Declaration of Human Rights. It's an rather important point that it is for all human beings, and that you are born with them. You don't have to register for it, and it doesn't require education or wealth. Even if you're a criminal in prison you still have those rights.
Now, my personal experience with human rights, and one of the reasons I thought of this photo competition, is that claiming ones own human righs are easy. What is the really hard thing to do is to observe others human rights. Let's just take a very simple human right which is the Article 27 that deals with copyright. It is easy to read that when you take a photograph, you are the owner and have rights. The tricky part is to observe that others rights are also respected. Do you allow friends to pirate copy movies? One thing is that it is illegal and a hot issue these days, but could - or should - you do something to observe that right for others? And when some say we should skip copyright on the internet, what should we think about it? And why was it a human right in the first place?
In some countries we consider our self to be well within human rights. But is that so? Well, first thing is to find out what the actual human rights are, next thing is to look around and see how that would apply. When is physical violence an act of torture, and when is mental harrasment an act of torture? Can you force school kids to do home work, can you threathen the canteen lady to serve you more patatoes? What does torture mean and could torturing someone be the greatest good for mankind as some have implied?
Many wars have started because some considered others less worthy
One could say that the Declaration of Human Rights was made in 1948 after two world wars to "end all wars and conflicts" because what it seeks to install is respect and peace. It was adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948.
The idea of human rights was not new in 1948. The Cyrus cylinder from 539 BC is considered to be the first document of human rights, created following the Persian conquest of Babylon. In 1215 came Magna Charta (the Great Charter of Freedoms) which was an attempt of the Barons of England to limit the kings powers by law and protect their privileges. And so it goes on with the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776, and Bill of Rights in 1791 and the Geneva Conventions in 1864.
Today all 192 member states of the United Nations have adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and a body of international law exists to protect them. The Declaration remains the central call to freedom and justice for all peoples throughout the world.
Yet although human rights exist, are recognized at least in principle by most nations, and form the heart of many national constitutions, the actual situation in the world is far distant from the ideals envisioned in the Declaration.
Though the Declaration of Human Rights was in place already in 1948, Martin Luther King was marching for them in the sixties. As one example of the fact that just because something has been written down and agreed upon by many nations it doesn't mean that it's a reality from that moment. It takes understanding and work to make human rights a reality!
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights served as the inspiration for the European Convention on Human Rights, one of the most significant agreements in the European Community. The Convention was adopted in 1953 by the Council of Europe, an intergovernmental organization established in 1949 and composed of 47 European Community member states. This body was formed to strengthen human rights and promote democracy and the rule of law.
The Convention is enforced by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Any person claiming to be the victim of a violation in one of the 47 countries in the European Community that has signed and ratified the Convention may seek relief with the European Court. One must first have exhausted all recourse in the courts of their home country and have filed an application for relief with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.