On 5 August 2015 UNIC Canberra took part in a photographic exhibition opening dedicated to the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
The competition, now in its fifth year, is a partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology, and focuses the work of CIT photography students around an annual theme picked from a United Nations International Year. In 2015, the theme of International Year of Light asked students to produce photographs in three categories, historically referenced, conceptually driven, and documentary. A winner in each category was awarded with a prize or an internship from one of the partners.
The overall winner will be sponsored by CIT to undertake a photographic assignment with the UN Women office in Suva, Fiji, where they can help document the work of the Office, whilst the winner of the student choice award won $200 worth of professional printing from CIT.
The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.