TELLING OUR STORY – PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION HIV/AIDS ART EXHIBITION

TELLING OUR STORY PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION HIV/AIDS ART EXHIBITION
Theme: Zero ignorance, increased visibility for HIV/AIDS

BACK GROUND
As at 2010 total number of persons infected by HIV/AIDS is 560,306 with prevalence of 5.3% among young people aged 15 – 49 (2011-2015 National Strategic Plans for the fight against HIV/AIDS) with over 54000 children living with HIV/AIDS. As the clock ticks and days go by, we realize we are running out of time in attaining the MDG and our global goal to attain zero new infections, zero HIV/AIDS related deaths and zero stigmatization and discrimination. 2015 is just around the conner so it is prerogative that we take action.

PROJECT CONTENT
Telling our story is an art competition that would give youths the opportunity to share and tell their stories in commemoration of the 24th edition of the World AIDS Day to be celebrated on the 1st of December 2012. Telling our story shall be a photographic project calling on youths in my communities to share their stories and opinions on stigma and discrimination, same sex relationships, use of contraceptives, alcohol, sexual abuse, multiple sex partners in the context of HIV/AIDS through pictures. It shall draw particular attention to affected and infected persons by HIV/AIDS communicating a message of hope, endurance and love.
An exhibition will be carryout to on the 1st of December during which the winner will be announced.

OBJECTIVE: Create greater awareness, promote primary prevention and engage youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

TARGET GROUP: Youths 18 – 25years

Communicate a message of hope endurance and love in the case of HIV/AIDS through photos that tell a story. We all have a duty to make our world and community a comfortable and healthy place to live in. your participation in “TELLING OUR STORY PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION” will touch lives and redefine our perspectives about HIV/AIDS.

Areas of focus
• Stigmatization and discrimination
• Same sex relationships
• Use of contraceptives
• Alcohol and drug abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Multiple sex partners,
• Mother to child transmission

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Entries open to all youths over the world between the ages of 18 –25 but competition reserved for Cameroonians only

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES?
Entries should be sent with a short narrative of not more than 160words explaining the message the picture portrays with your name, date of birth, location, e-mail address and telephone number. It should be sent to ruwdec@yahoo.co.uk or buea.ruwdec@gmail.com. For more information call 77 77 04 96 or 33 32 31 24.

JUDGES
The first 10 best pictures shall be selected by the organizing institution. Pre-selection of the top 5 will be voted by partner institutions and final selection be done by general public by vote on the day of the Exhibition

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Assessments would be done based on how appealing, original, self explanatory the picture is as well as message of content and must not infringe the right to any third party (pictures of people must be taken with their permission) or be abusive in any way.

DEADLINE AND TIME FRAME
• Call for entries begins in July
• Death line of entries : October
• Review and selection of entries (October – November)
• Exhibition and announcement of winners (1st December 2012)

PRIZES
First price: 100.000fcfa
Second price: 60.000Fcfa
Third price: 40.000fcfa

The first 5 best entries will be called to record a video that would be projected during the exhibition.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES
Submit your entries to Rural Women development center located at Brigade junction opposite BHS Buea, or send to ruwdec@yahoo.com or buea.ruwdec@gmail.com. For more information call 77 77 04 96 or 33 32 31 24.

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