Envisioning Human Rights: The UDHR Photo Project

The Envisioning Human Rights: UDHR Photo Project, an initiative of the Center's Student Advisory Board (SAB), is a new quarterly competition that encourages members of the WCL community to submit photos that link to a specific theme taken from the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Center, together with a special Guest Judge, will select winning photos taken by WCL students, faculty, staff and alumni, representing their interpretation of specific articles of the UDHR. Winning photos will be displayed prominently at the Center and on the Center’s website. The UDHR Photo Project will culminate in a photomontage in Spring 2013 displaying a visual interpretation of what human rights means to the WCL community.

Announcing the Winner of the Second UDHR Photo Project Competition


The Center is pleased to announce the winner of the second UDHR Photo Project competition: Congratulations to Lejla Hasanovic, whose winning photo (shown left) is titled "In Front of Our Doors: Homelessness in DC. "

The second theme of the competition was Article 25 of the UDHR:"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” Award-winning photojournalist Betsy Karel served as this quarter's Guest Judge.

Ms. Hasanovic (right) is an International Visiting Scholar at WCL and is sponsored by the Fulbright Program. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she is currently working on her thesis in Private International Law. Ms. Hasanovic started her professional career as an Associate for the law firm Maric & Co, and she is also an Advisor on the Legal Professions for the Fetzer Institute, which supports projects related to human rights around the world. Upon her return to Bosnia, she would like to continue to work on human rights projects as a legal practitioner.

Ms. Hasanovic took the winning photo during her first weeks in DC. She was surprised that there are so many homeless persons in DC, living on the streets, sleeping on the sidewalks, and begging for money when there are so many international organizations that operate in DC and that focus on human rights issues. Ms. Hasanovic was motivated to take this picture because homeless persons in DC are a vulnerable group, and she calls on human rights activists in DC and the Government to pay more attention to these people and their needs.

Click here to learn about the Winner of the Spring 2012 UDHR Photo Competition.