Chachipe: Roma Decade Photography Contest on June 01, 2007

What is Chachipe? Chachipe means truth, reality or right in Romanes. The Open Society Institute and OSA Archivum at Central European University announce an international photography contest under the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

The Roma Decade began in 2005 with the participation of nine governments (Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia), the World Bank and numerous nongovernmental organizations. Its aim is to fundamentally improve the socio-economic status and social inclusion of Roma. In keeping with that broader goal, this contest aims to help combat visual stereotypes associated with Roma and to present Roma people and
Roma culture sensitively and artistically.

The contest is open to all, regardless of citizenship, residence or ethnic affiliation, but submissions by photographers of Roma origin are especially encouraged. The contest is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. After voting by an international jury of professionals and the public, prizes will be awarded in five categories. The best of the submitted photos will be displayed in an exhibition at Galeria Centralis in Budapest in fall 2007, and a selection of photos will appear in a publication early next year. Digital or scanned photos taken in the nine Decade countries can be uploaded from June 1 to July 31, 2007, at or sent to OSA Archivum in Budapest.

More information:

Ilona Nagy: +36-20-572-6283
OSA Archivum: +361-327-3250