Envisioning Human Rights: The UDHR Photo Project

Submission deadline: April 9, 2015 at 12noon EDT

The Envisioning Human Rights: UDHR Photo Project, an initiative of the Center's Student Advisory Board (SAB), is a competition that encourages members of the community to submit photos that link to specific themes taken from the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR Photo Project has taken place various times, including the 2012 UDHR Photo Project.

In 2015, the community will select winning photos taken by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the local community that display a visual interpretation of what human rights means, via online public voting on the Center's Facebook page. Winning photos will be displayed prominently at the Center and on the Center’s website. The 2015 UDHR Photo Project will culminate in a display of the winning photos at the Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

The 2015 UDHR Photo Project will focus on the following human rights:

    Article 16 - Right to Marriage and Family
    The face of marriage and family has evolved substantially over the years. Some have argued that marriage is not only a privilege but also a right. Others have viewed marriage strictly in the legal context and have viewed it solely as a contract. The concept of family has also been under strict scrutiny. It is undeniable that both concepts bleed into each other. Family and marriage and can be depicted through a variety of concepts. It is not only limited to religion or the court system, but can also be expressed in other ways. Creative pictures expressing various evolutions of family and marriage are welcome.

    Article 26- Right to Education
    The right to education is a fundamental human right. It promotes empowerment and creates opportunities that lead to development. There are many ways to depict the right to education, whether it be through pictures of a student in a classroom or a graduate on their big day. But, remember, classrooms can be vastly different depending on their context, their location, or their students. And, education is not limited to the classroom. People educate themselves at libraries or at home, through written word and oral traditions. Be creative! Remember that a good education has a tremendous impact on those who are privileged enough to receive it.

    Article 27 - Right to Cultural Life
    At the core of human rights is the principle that individuals can embrace culture in ways that best suit their identities.  The UDHR explains that everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community.  This right also ensures that individuals lack the liberty to dominate and direct other cultures as well as inflict their culture on us.  The parameters for cultural identity and corresponding cultural life are vast, so feel free to be imaginative when choosing a photo to best represent this right.

Submission Guidelines and Deadline:

    • Digital photo files and completed Entry Form should be emailed to the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law’s Student Advisory Board at humanrightssab2015@gmail.com.
    • The submission deadline is April 9, 2015 at 12noon EDT

Competition Rules:

    • American University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the local community, are encouraged to submit a photo representing their interpretation of the designated theme of the competition: articles 16, 26, and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
    • Each participant may submit up to three (3) photographs.
    • Digital files must be high resolution, JPG files (300 ppi minimum) suitable for printing.
    • Participants will be asked to provide a title for each photograph submitted.
    • Submissions will be judged by the public on the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law's Facebook page on the following criteria:
      • How the photograph links to the theme of the Competition (i.e, the specific article of the UDHR);
      • The visually compelling nature of the photograph; and
      • The photograph’s ability to tell a story.
    • Things to consider before submitting a photo:
      • Does the image respect the dignity of the subject portrayed?
      • Is this image giving a representation of the subject portrayed in a wider context?
      • Have all the subjects of the image agreed to this application of their image

Questions about the UDHR Photo Project can be directed to Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law’s Student Advisory Board at humanrightssab2015@gmail.com.