Chachipe Map Photo Contest

Deadline: 15 January 2012
Open to: Everybody
Prizes: 3 prizes in each category—of 1000, 500 and 300 Euros, respectively


The Open Society Foundations and OSA Archivum announce the Chachipe Map photography contest. Chachipe means “truth” or “reality” in Romanes, and it can also mean “right.”
You’re invited to show through photos how you see your world, your reality and what you believe to be true.
The first Chachipe photo contest was announced in 2007, and a second contest, Chachipe Youth, was held in 2009. This year’s contest puts a special emphasis on the geographical distribution of Roma culture and the symbolic “remapping” of events and actions related to Roma, a fact emphasized by the word “Map” in the title of the contest.
The most important goal of the contest is to give photographers — both amateurs and professionals — an opportunity to show how they see Roma in the communities where they live.
Chachipe Map seeks nonstereotypical photographs that are free of prejudices, that show Roma and non-Roma living together, that approach topics in an open manner and that might even employ radically new perspectives.
The Chachipe Map Photo Contest has three categories: Local Hero, Common Denominator, and Dream Come True.


The contest is open to everybody, but in order to be eligible photos must have been taken since the beginning of 2005 in countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.


The international jury will award 3 prizes in each category—of 1000, 500 and 300 Euros, respectively—and may also award special prizes. Winners will be announced on the Chachipe Map website in December 2011.
A selection of the best photos from the Chachipe Map contest will be exhibited in Budapest in 2012. The opening of the exhibition will also serve as the awards ceremony for the contest.

How to apply

Participation in the contest is free of charge, and you can apply irrespective of your age and citizenship. You can enter your photos in the contest from October 19 through November 20, 2011, by uploading them to English-language website.
Uploaded photos will appear on the public Chachipe website after a 24-hour delay, without the name of the photographer. However, the jury will only evaluate photos if the photographers have signed the Author’s Declaration and sent it by mail or fax, or uploaded a scanned copy to the Chachipe website, before the closing date of the contest. Should you need any help with completing the application form, please contact the program coordinator Zsófia Horváth at or +36 30 250 2635.
You may only enter photographs that have not been published or exhibited previously. (Posting on a personal website does not constitute publishing.) A photographer may enter a maximum of 10 photos in the contest.
The contest only accepts digital or digitalized photos in JPEG format, with a minimum resolution of 2048 x 1536 (3 Mpixel). You must upload the photos yourself. Manipulated photos will be excluded from the contest. Photos are considered to be manipulated if parts are added or deleted, colors are changed or filters are used.

The deadline for entering the photos is extended to 15 January 2012.

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