Second Phase of Global Photo Contest Sees Journalists Travel Africa

Aug 9, 2011

9 August 2011, Beijing ﹣ As part of the ‘Zoom-in On Poverty’ Global Photo Contest, co-organised by the Xinhua News Agency and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Xinhua and Reuters announced today that they will send a joint-photo journalists group to Africa to participate in this global campaign to combat poverty.

While in Africa, part of the Xinhua-Reuters team, along with local journalists and news correspondents, will visit the gold mining town of Gauteng in South Africa to capture some of the achievements made, and the challenges facing the fight against HIV/AIDS. They will also head to Kenya to cover such topics as the promotion of youth development in poverty affected areas and drinking water safety and water security.

The Liangjiang New Area in Chongqing was built to meet increasing demands for manufacturing and technological innovation, trade and financial industries and foreign direct investment, and is seen as a model for other cities to follow.

This project will cover a vast range of poverty-related topics in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the food crises and severe drought that is currently devastating refugee camps and local communities.

Speaking at the ceremony, Wang Yao, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Xinhua News Agency, Director of the Board of Judges of the contest, said, “the actions of these journalists to demonstrate how much media representatives across the world can raise the profile of human welfare and contribute to development through their work”.

Meanwhile, UNDP China Deputy Country Director, Napoleon Navarro, said, “UNDP attaches great importance to its partnership with Xinhua and is committed to working together to not only reduce the physical distances that exist between rich and poor communities, but also those which are less visible. More than anything that we do, bridging these gaps and reducing poverty, in all its forms, is central to our efforts to forge development pathways that are equitable, sustainable and people orientated.”

As an international event, this competition has received more than 5,000 entries, which have been submitted through the competition’s official website (www.zoom-inpoverty.org) by some 400 applicants from France, Italy, Australia, the United States, Israel, Singapore, Iran and Mozambique, among others.

Still, with the overall aim of this competition to encourage amateur and professional photographers to photograph the challenges and progress made in poverty alleviation, Africa is seen as an ideal location for this month-long photo shoot, having experienced poverty alleviation first hand, whilst also facing complex development challenges that threaten to undermine its development in the future.

The Zoom-in on Poverty Global Photo Contest is scheduled to conclude with an award ceremony in Beijing on 17 October 2011 – the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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