PRISMA Human Rights Photo Contest

UnFrame Photographers support the first edition of the Prisma Human Rights Photo Contest – Photography and Human Rights Contest open to all. We encourage any committed photographer to apply for to this  single photo competition. The image submitted should illustrate the relevance of “Freedom” as a fundamental human right and the importance of defending it.


  • Yanki, Sechil and Helin. Helin is from Ordu and her friends Yanki and Sechil are from Gaziantep originally, they all came to the city 3 years ago. Istanbul, Turkey. August 2010. Photo: Rena Effendi

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Relatives of coptic victims carrying coffins out of the Abasseya Church to be burried. October 10, 2011. Photo: Rena Effendi

    Relatives of coptic victims carrying coffins out of the Abasseya Churc
  • Ruth Mihipaygbe 25 y.o. lost her sister, grandfather and her brother in law in one of LRA raids on her native village of Ngilima. All three were killed by the LRA subsequently. Ruth and her other family members, along with her children ran away from the attack and never managed to go back to the village to pick up the bodies of her family members. Dungu, July 25, 2013. Photo: Rena Effendi

    LRA raids
  • Dasan Cavanaugh, age 10, has not cut his hair since he was born.  St. Michaels, Spirit Lake, North Dakota. April, 2013. Photo: Rena Effendi

    Dasan Cavanaugh, age 10, has not cut his hair since he was born

All photos by  Rena Effendi

Official Press Release:
Opening – 11 September 2015
Photo Exhibition – 11 September to 11 October 2015
Monastery of San Nicolò, Lido – Venice
The first edition of PRISMA Human Rights Photo Contest is organised by The Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation in collaboration with Lightbox.
PRISMA was officially launched during the Venice Art Biennale opening with Alfredo Jaar as special guest, at My Art Guides: Venice Meeting Point.
The photo contest is open from May 1 and will accept submissions through July 6 2015.
Photographers, professional and amateur, from any part of the world are invited to submit their work. The theme of 2015 is “Freedom”.
Among the members of the international jury there are Rena Effendi, internationally renowned Azerbaijani photographer; Isabel Gattiker, General and Programme Director of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva; Almir Kolzic, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, organisation comprising creative arts and cultural projects exploring refugee and migrant experiences; and Alberto Prina, photoreporter and founder of the Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine and of the Festival of Ethical Photography.

The selected images will be displayed, along with photographs by the special guest photographer Rena Effendi, in an exhibition in Venice, at the Monastery of San Nicolò, the premises of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) from 11 September 2015, during the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, to the 11 October 2015.
The day of the opening of the exhibition will be marked by a special event with talks on the theme “Freedom” and the connection between art, photography, cultural production, media and human rights.
The value of Freedom is at the very core of the concept of human rights: freedom from oppression, freedom of speech and belief, freedom of movement, freedom from fear, freedom of thought and freedom of opinion.
The images submitted for the photo competition should illustrate the relevance of “Freedom” as a fundamental human right and the importance of defending it.
PRISMA aims at being not only a photographic contest but also to become an annual event for photography on human rights worldwide. PRISMA’s purpose is to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in strengthening the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
Furthermore, the goal of PRISMA is to complement academic research with other media of knowledge, such as photography, to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of human rights issues and their protection.