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My Story, My Rights. New Contest is Open
March 12, 2013 Belgium

We call for young Roma to share their story in images through the RomaReact platform! Come on boys and girls, share this with your friends!

Participate, compete, win, travel to Brussels, tell your story and make your voice heard. If you missed the first contest, then this is your chance ;)

To win, just follow three easy steps:
  • Illustrate your story with one image (photo, painting, drawing or comic strip) or with a story board (one story told with maximum 6 images).
  • Upload your entry to the RomaReact platform or send it to us via email; if you do not have access to the internet you can send us your story by post.
  • Wait to hear the results. If you win, we will see you in Brussels in June 2013!
Please read carefully the terms and conditions of the contest below.
  1. What is this contest about?

ERGO Network and Amnesty International are calling for your contribution to the RomaReact interactive map for the contest “My story, my rights” with the aim of highlighting the voices of young Roma on the European map. Share your story with the world, make everyone see, through your own eyes, who the Roma are, and help us fight anti-Roma prejudice and discrimination.

The contest is open from 12 March and will close on 30 April 2013. 

The contest is part of the launch of Amnesty International’s campaign “Human Rights Here. Roma Rights Now” which is aiming at getting the EU and governments to take stronger action to end anti-Roma discrimination and racism. The campaign will be launched on 4 April 2013. 

2. Which stories are we looking for?

Think small, think local, think effective:

  • Which picture you have in mind when you think of human rights, of your rights, the rights of those around you?
  • Find an interesting story from your home or neighbors,
  • Focus on the contribution of an individual or a group to the wider society, or to the fight for equality for you and your community.

It can be anything around you that concerns the contribution of Roma to their wider community; that shows that Roma should be considered equal members of society, who hold rights that must be respected. It can be from all spheres of life – for instance, you can present a story of a Romani student in the class who fights for better understanding of his fellow non-Romani students and share with the others what it means to be Roma -the beauty and the burden- or a story of a Romani teacher, shopkeeper or an artist that make the others understand and appreciate the Roma through their art, profession or individual contribution to society.

The story should represent the positive approach of Roma individuals and groups who want a better relationship between Roma and non-Roma and who demand equality and rights for themselves, their families and communities. It can be also about you!

Terms and Conditions
  1. Participants
  1. This contest is for young Roma (16 years old and above) of all skill levels in photography, painting or drawing from a European country (including Turkey).
  1. Materials to be submitted:
  1. One entry per contestant is allowed. Please submit one image (photo, drawing or painting) or maximum 6 images if you are submitting a story line.
  1. The formats allowed for the photos are: jpeg or PDF. The photos can be both colour and black and white. If you are submitting a painting or drawing online it should be scanned and submitted as jpeg format.
  1. All entries must be accompanied by the enclosed form to be filled in by you with your personal details (name, surname, age, country of residence) and contact details (postal address, email address, phone number), and with a brief description of the photo (max 100 words) either while uploading their entry on the RomaReact platform or to be enclosed in the email or post submission.
  1. Submission of materials:
  1. To enter the photo contest, after you have read and accepted these terms and conditions, you may alternatively:
  1. Upload the photo on the RomaReact online platform at: http://romareact.org/reports/submit. You must log in with a Facebook account (otherwise you will not be able to submit the image online).
  2. If you do not have a facebook account, submit your entry via email to romareact@gmail.com. The title of your entry or subject of your email should begin with “My story, my rights Contest”
  3. If you do not have access to the internet, send your entry via post to ERGO Network - office Brussels, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels (B), tel: +32 (0)2 893 10 49 or one of the ERGO network members offices or Amnesty International national offices in your country. 
  1. The closing date for submitting the entries is 30 April 2013 at 11.59 pm CET.
  1. Winner selection and announcement
  1. The winners in the contest “My story, My rights” will be selected by the RomaReact team and Amnesty International. The first ten winner(s) will be announced by the third week of May (date to be confirmed) on the RomaReact platform and Amnesty International platforms.
  2. One Grand Prize winner will be invited to Brussels to participate in the Amnesty International and ERGO network activities in the occasion of the delivery of the Amnesty International’s global petition to the European Commission calling on them to take strong action to fight discrimination against Roma in June (date to be confirmed). All costs (travel, accommodation, food) will be covered.
  3. The first 10 winning stories will be promoted on the RomaReact platform and Amnesty International’s platforms and social media and as part of campaigning activities. The first 10 winners will receive Amnesty International and ERGO campaign gadgets and merchandise.
  1. Content of the material:
  1. All entries must be your own original work and must not have been previously published elsewhere in professional materials (for example, photos previously uploaded on your Facebook and Flickr pages will not be excluded from the contest). Materials already submitted for other competitions organized by public/private, national/international organizations/institutions, or whose copyright is shared by third persons cannot be submitted.
  1. You warrant and undertake that photos submitted will not infringe intellectual property, privacy or any other right of any third party. You must ensure that any person or persons whose image is used in an entry has given valid consent for the use of their image or has waived any rights they may have in the image submitted. Failure to adequately demonstrate such consent may result in the entrant’s disqualification and forfeiture of any prize.
  1. By sending an image to ERGO and Amnesty International you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive, indefinite license to use the image in any way that we want, in any media worldwide. ERGO and Amnesty may also use their discretion to allow use of your image by media and other external organizations/individuals (eg: NGOs) in connection with our work on human rights.
  1. If the image is published, we will credit the image to you. You remain the copyright holder of the image and therefore there are no restrictions on your use of the image. Though we ask that you not use the photos in any way that may compromise the security or reputation of the subjects.
  1. Any form of plagiarism is prohibited. ERGO and Amnesty International will take no responsibility for issues that may rise due to copyright issues.
  1. ERGO and Amnesty International reserve the right to use, reproduce and distribute the submissions for non-commercial purposes, such as research, publications and other campaigning materials.
  1. No responsibility is taken for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete due to server functions or failures, virus, bugs, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any other causes outside ERGO and Amnesty International’s control. Proof of entry is not proof of receipt.
  1. ERGO and Amnesty International shall not be responsible for the return of entries.
  1. ERGO and Amnesty International reserves the right to use the names of winners and photos of them in relation to the promotion of any publicity. Prior agreement will be requested from the winners.
  1. Any personal data submitted by you will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and ERGO and Amnesty International’s privacy policy.
  1. Amnesty International and ERGO are in a position to invite persons to Brussels who have valid travel documents. ERGO and Amnesty International will assist with any VISA requirements as necessary.
  1. By participating, you agree to these terms and conditions and to the decisions of the selection committee, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects.

 

Further advice, information, assistance: romareact@gmail.com

 
 
Annex : Personal and contact details + description of the photo/painting/drawing

 

Name: ………………………………………..............Surname:………………..……………………………………

 

Age: ……………………………Country of residence: …………………………………………………………….

 

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E-mail address:…………………………………………….………………………………………………..……………

 

Telephone number: ……………………………….…………………………………………..………………….

 

Brief description of the photo (max 100 words): ………………………………………………………………

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Add month and year of birth and signature of parents if under the age of 16

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      I have read and agree with the terms and conditions of the contest “My story, My rights”

 

 

Signature …………………………….…

 

 

 

 

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