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Photo contest gets citizens to action

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The photo contest ‘Citizens in Action' organized by the associations Golden Rose, Inspiration, Damla, Koza and Cedicow of our Platform Woman & Society was a success. The contest's finale took place on the first of June. 


60 pictures were chosen for the national finale from hundreds of pictures sent from all over Belgium. The finale pictures were first selected by a regional jury in the regions Brussels, Antwerp, Liège, Ghent, Hainaut and Limburg.

The opening speech of the national finale that took place on the first of June was held by the President of the Platform Woman & Society Elif Alduman. In her speech, Alduman, stated that the purpose of the photo contest was to create an awareness for active citizenship and social responsibility through the universal language of photography. She also declared that the organizing associations aim to make a contribution to social cohesion, volunteering and intercultural dialogue by their activities.

Deputy Mayor of Schaerbeek Sadık Köksal held a brief speech before the award ceremony and underlined the importance of ‘The European Year of the Citizen’ and congratulated the Platform Woman & Society for the organization.

The jury consisted of tremendous artists and academics like Charif Ben Helima, İlknur Cengiz, Christophe De Jaeger, Michael Hendryckx, Filip Naudts and Johan Swinnen. Aurelie Geurts from Ghent won first prize for her picture of a migrant family’s home. Onur Çıldır from Brussels came in second with the photo he took during a journey in Palestine. Joyce Kiebooms from Antwerp was the third finalist who tried to express the issue of dilemma by pressing two different pictures on one sheet.
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