"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world."
"Imagine a new world"
Imagination is the faculty through which we encounter everything. Things that we touch, see and hear converge into a "picture" via our imagination. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental facility through which we make sense of the world.
Since the arrival of the new millennium, our world has increasingly to face global challenges such as demography and the environment, as well as different value systems. The world of today is getting more unstable and unequal. Traditional communities, values and ways of life are disappearing due to economic change and industrial restructuring. Today, Europe and the world are facing a downturn never witnessed since the 1930s. In this time of rapid changes we need to be more flexible and creative and make full use of human capacities. The recovery will clearly depend on creativity and innovation.
Photographers are asked to dig deep in their imagination and provide an original work where they express their vision of a "new world".
The European Commission is inviting all professional and amateur photographers, photography students and all other talents to submit their photographs to the “Imagine a new world” photo competition. It is open to anyone who is resident of an EU Member State or candidate country or of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway and who shares our passion for photography. This is an opportunity for you to express what creativity and innovation means to you.
Before submitting your photographs, please make sure you have read the participation requirements carefully. These are the steps to follow:
- Find out how to enter the Competition here
- Get more information about the requirements under Selection Process
- Fill in the online entry form with your details: Go directly to the Entry Form
The “Imagine a new world” competition Jury will be chaired by Professor of photography and President of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) Chris Wainwright. The entries will be judged by an international Jury of renowned professionals from the fields of photography and the arts who will select the winners.
Get more information on the Jury members under the Selection Process.
To participate in the competition, you need to use your camera to show others your vision of the future. Take pictures of what you think the future holds for you, Europe or the world. This is not only a chance to show what you can do as a photographer, but also an opportunity to convey your own message about the future and to inspire others to make use of their own talent and creative potential. As well as being recognised for your talent on a European level, you can win prizes such as a camera or photographic equipment and a trip to Stockholm for the closing ceremony of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.
Read more about the Prizes.
The competition is part of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation and how they contribute to our personal, social and economic development.
The deadline to enter the competition is 31 August 2009.