Promoting Sustainable Living through photography

CIT students at launch of UN CIT Photography competitionUNIC Canberra joined the Canberra Institute of Technology to launch the 2016 Photography Competition. Now in its seventh year with the theme of “Living Sustainably”, the competition aims to challenge photography students to picture one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in a way that would encourage each and every one of us to take action towards their achievement.

The launch at the CSIRO Discovery Centre was done in conjunction with competition partners the CSIRO, National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial.

UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe introduced the photography students to the theme and it’s international relevance.

“We don’t want people to feel like ending poverty, tackling climate change and reducing inequality is something only policymakers can do. We don’t want them to think it’s difficult to achieve – it is all doable and your efforts can help us do this through the lens of your cameras.”, he said.

CIT Photography Coordinator, Julian Stevenson outlined the technical aspects and requirements of the competition while representatives of the CSIRO and the National Gallery of Australia shared their expectations of the participants and the opportunities available to the winners.

The 2016 competition category winners will be awarded internships at the participating institutions, and the overall winner will gain an internship with the United Nations, which may be completed overseas in one of its field missions in the Pacific.

One of the highlights was an inspiring presentation of last year’s winner Eva Schroeder who spent time with the UN Women Pacific Multi Country Office photographing their work as well as the challenges faced by women in Fiji.

Completed works are expected to be displayed to the public, and competition winners announced in October 2016 at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.