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Call for Entries: Chachipe Map Photo Contest

The Open Society Foundations and OSA Archivum announce the Chachipe Map photography contest. Chachipe means “truth” or “reality” in Romanes, and it can also mean “right.”

You’re invited to show through photos how you see your world, your reality and what you believe to be true.

The first Chachipe photo contest was announced in 2007, and a second contest, Chachipe Youth, was held in 2009. This year’s contest puts a special emphasis on the geographical distribution of Roma culture and the symbolic “remapping” of events and actions related to Roma, a fact emphasized by the word “Map” in the title of the contest.

Show How You See Roma People in the Community Where You Live

The most important goal of the contest is to give photographers — both amateurs and professionals — an opportunity to show how they see Roma in the communities where they live.

Chachipe Map seeks nonstereotypical photographs that are free of prejudices, that show Roma and non-Roma living together, that approach topics in an open manner and that might even employ radically new perspectives.

The Chachipe Map Photo Contest has three categories: Local Hero, Common Denominator, and Dream Come True.

Chachipe Map will Award 3 Prizes in Each Category

The international jury will award 3 prizes in each category — of 1000, 500, and 300 Euros, respectively — and may also award special prizes.

Winners will be announced on the Chachipe Map website in December 2011, and selected photos will be exhibited at OSA Archivum in Budapest in the beginning of 2012.

Chachipe Map is Open to Everybody!

Chachipe Map is open to everybody, but in order to be eligible photos must have been taken since the beginning of 2005 in countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.

Entries can be Submitted on

Photos can be uploaded on the contest website between 19 October and 20 November 2011. The detailed call for entries can also be found there, in English and in the national languages of the Decade countries.