Creation of a prize for peace photography (Ecuador)
an article by El Universo, Guayaquil, Ecuador
The collective of photographers Paradocs and the
family of Ecuadorian photojournalist Juan Antonio
Serrano, killed last year in his native Cuenca,
have opened a competition to encourage the
construction of a culture of peace, through the
ethical practice of print and photo journalism.
Juan Antonio Serrano with his book Alguien. Copyright El Tiempo
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Jorge Luis Serrano, Juan Antonio's brother, told a
press conference that photojournalism has "a very
strong capacity to influence society to generate
the necessary climate of opinion on this delicate
topic," referring to violence and the need to
support a culture of peace.
In the contest, Juan Antonio Serrano
Photojournalism Award for Peace, Ecuadorians
photojournalists can participate if they have at
least three years of experience in the field.
Foreign journalists with three years of residence
in Ecuador are also eligible if they have ongoing
projects that promote, encourage or promote the
culture of peace in the country.
Although the subject is free, it is based on three
fundamental ideas: the ethical practice of
photojournalism, respect for the subject being
photographed and promotion of a culture of peace
in Ecuador, said Jorge Luis Serrano. He noted
that participation can be individual or
He said the award is worth 5,000 dollars raised
from the private sector. The award, which was
announced at a reception last Thursday, will be
held annually in honor of Juan Antonio Serrano,
brother of the Ecuadorian Minister of the
Interior, Josť Serrano. Juan Antonio was 34 when
he was killed outside a house where a party was
Serrano, whose murderers have been convicted, was
known for his documentaries, like the one on the
streets of Beijing, made in 2010, while serving
there on a scholarship. He was a stringer for the
Spanish News Agency, EFE.
(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)
Question(s) related to this article:
Do the arts create a basis for a culture of peace?, What is, or should be, their role in our movement?
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Latest reader comment:
Yes, the arts do create a basis for a culture of peace.
The question I would raise is where are the visual artists who have produced a Guernica like painting of Felluja? Paintings last longer than photographs which are too often fleeting.
Do the poets against the war meet annually?
I caught a bit of an interesting tv show which featured world class artists such as Wole Soyinka speaking in Israel/Palestine about ways to further the peace movement there. Did anyone else see the entire show?
I hope a local Peace Day could emulate the UN opening ceremony .