Professional and amateur photographers were awarded within the national contest "Equality through Lenses"
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11 December 2015

Winners of the National Photography Competition "Equality through Lenses" were awarded today, December 10, on the International Human Rights Day. The premiere was held within the launching event of the exhibitions and debates under the title "Women and men, seen through the lens of photographers: realities and inspirations”, at the Academy of Theatre, Music, Film and Fine Arts from Chișinău.

At the category professional photographers, the nomination "Inspiring Men", won Dmitrii Vosimeric. In the same category, the nomination "Inspiring Women", the award went to Andrei Mardari.

What concerns the category amateur photographers, the awards were split between Olga Gnatcova, winner of the nomination "Inspiring Men", and Kalisa Marcenco, winner of the nomination "Inspiring Women".

Besides the prizes announced within the contest, the winners received trophies from Ulziisuren Jamsran, country representative of UN Women in Moldova, who was delighted by the active involvement of youth in promoting gender equality through images. "I am pleased that the gender equality topic was promoted through photo. This shows that gender stereotypes can be changed through art also", noted Ulziisuren Jamsran.

The premiere took place in a broader context. On the International Human Rights Day started the national exhibitions and debates under the title "Women and men, seen through the lens of photographers: realities and inspirations”. The exhibition includes 50 photos entered in the competition finals.

"This contest has given to us, including to me, the opportunity to think about what, so far, remained after shot. In direct and figurative sense. Not incidentally, the photos from the contest are so different, but interesting in the same time. Yet, in Moldova is not a clear understanding of gender and such exhibitions and debates certainly bring the subject closer to the public," said Olga Gnatcova, a competition winner.

The guests of the event had the opportunity to see all 50 photos, images that reflect the subjective perception of gender equality in view of amateur and professional photographers, but also about the life of both women and men from Moldova. The visitors could find also the inspirational stories behind the photos. The exhibition was accompanied by a session of debate about the exposed photos, both in terms of shooting techniques and the gender. After the debate, the participants could vote for three most iconic photos under the nomination "Public sympathy". Awards for this nomination will be offered to the winners at the end of all the exhibitions.

The exhibits and debates will take place in five universities from Moldova during December 2015 and January 2016. More details about the National Photo Contest can be found on the Facebook page -

This photo competition was organized by PR Agency "Profile" with the support of the UN Programme "Women in Politics", implemented by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with East Europe Foundation and Center "Partnership for Development", financed by the government of Sweden. Selected pictures and their messages do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of the UN Programme "Women in politics", other implementing partners or donors.

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