The selection panel for the photo competition "My Social City" will meet on 8 October to select the three winners of the 10th anniversary competition. Winners will be invited to an award ceremony to take place at the headquarters of the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 27 November.
They will spend three days in the EU's capital on a cultural journey and will win the prizes listed below.
The names of the winners will be announced by mid-October, together with their photos.
Ms Winter is State Secretary for Europe and Culture in the Thuringia State Chancellery (Germany), and has been a CoR member since 2015. Working initially in the area of public relations for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ms Winter was then head of the Department for Environmental Policy in the Thuringian Ministry. She has been CoR rapporteur for "Cultural heritage as a strategic resource for more cohesive and sustainable regions in the EU" and for the "Circular economy". Ms Winter earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Münster.
After studying cultural management and following an internship at Magnum Photos, Ms Ganaye joined the VU’ agency in 2003. She was responsible for international development in VU's editorial department from 2007 to 2015, building up a network of a dozen partner agencies worldwide and collaborating with key parts of the international media. In 2015, she began work as a freelance photography consultant. She has been editorial manager of MAPS since it was launched in September 2017. She is regularly invited to give portfolio reviews in photography festivals and institutions, such as Les Rencontres d'Arles, Fotoleggendo (Rome) and the Photography Museum of Charleroi.
Mr Reuter has been Secretary General of SOLIDAR, a European network of civil society organisations working to advance social justice in Europe and around the world, since 2006. He is also co-chair of the European Economic and Social Committee's Liaison Group, co-founder and member of the Civil Society Europe Steering Group, co-founder and board member of Social Services Europe and member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Workers' Education Associations. Before moving to Brussels, Mr Reuter worked in Paris and Berlin, heading up the Franco-German Youth Office Department for School and Youth Exchanges (1998-2006), working at La Ligue de l’enseignement in Paris on European projects (1990-1998), and heading up La Ligue's liaison office in Germany working on Franco-German youth exchanges in professional and vocational training (1985-1990).
Mr Turine is a member of the VU' agency in Paris. He is the author of several books, including "Blindly", a work on cooperatives for the blind in West Africa, "Being 20 in Kabul", published after several trips to Afghanistan, "Today is tomorrow", a long-term work with paediatric oncologist Eric Sariban, "Voodoo", on the Voodoo cult, from its African origins to Haiti and the United States, and "Down town" about the Haitian capital. He has also participated in many collaborations. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals. He has been awarded scholarships in Europe and the United States. Mr Turine teaches workshops in various countries and is the photojournalism and documentary photography teacher at ULB, the main public university in Brussels.
The three winners of the competition will be selected by a jury chaired by a member of the CoR PES Group and composed of experts in the field of photography and social issues.
Winners will be awarded:
Two return travel tickets to Brussels, the capital of Europe
Two nights in a unique photography concept hotel
A "Brussels Card " giving free access to 39 museums, unlimited access to public transport and more.
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Only JPG images are accepted.
Please, name your file with your full name (eg: laura-smith.jpg)
Maximum width of your image should be 1920 px
If you are in search of inspiration for your photo, have a look at the animation below containing several issues addressed by the competition.
Still looking for inspiration? Have a look at the winning photos of the past editions on our Flickr page .
Read and share the press release available in all EU languages.
The visual kit, available in all EU languages, contains 2 PNG image files optimised for social media and a poster in high resolution PDF.
Use the arrows to navigate to the language of your choice and click on the image to download the kit in a zip file.
To share the competition on Twitter, you can either create your own tweet, using the official hashtag #MySocialCity or retweet the official competition tweet (below), using the buttons to select your language.
— PES Group CoR (@PES_CoR) March 23, 2018
Towns and cities - whether in urban or in rural areas - are being confronted more and more with acute social inequalities. To restore citizens' trust in the European project, we need European policies that foster equality of opportunity, protect social rights, address job precariousness - not least within the context of the vertiginous rise of the platform economy - and ensure access to quality public services.
In order to mitigate the consequences of the social challenges at hand, the EU has been investing for decades in people and their skills through its cohesion policy and in particular, the European Social Fund, as well as through key measures laid down in the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The aim of this competition is to encourage amateur and professional photographers to depict social projects and/or social relationships in their towns and cities. Access to health, education, housing or employment, working conditions or the integration of disadvantaged people into society can offer inspiration for such a photo.
The competition is organised in cooperation with SOLIDAR , the European Network of Civil Society Organisations working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.