Polish student wins European Union’s photo competition
BRUSSELS—A photography student from Poland has been selected from more than 600 students from across the European Union (EU) as the winner of the EU’s “Breaking Stereotypes” photo competition. Krzysztof Goluch, from the renowned Czech Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic, impressed judges with his depiction of an ageing man in a wheelchair facing a flight of stairs, a thought-provoking metaphor for the many barriers and forms of discrimination facing people in their daily lives.
An exhibition of the best photos is now touring Europe.
The European Photo Competition for Diversity was launched in March 2007, under the five-year “For Diversity. Against Discrimination” information campaign, and as part of the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. The aim of the contest was to create awareness amongst students about how diversity can enrich society. It was also a chance for the EU to listen to what the students themselves think and to see how discrimination is viewed from their perspective.
An international jury of photographers, professors and anti-discrimination experts chose the prize winners. Explaining their selection, the jury commented: “At first glance the winning photograph evokes a sense of deep solitude and helplessness. It is this rawness and emptiness that draws the viewer to the image. Depicting facets of discrimination, such as age and disability, gives the photograph a lasting impact on both a visual and emotional level. It promotes reflection, encouraging those who look at it to speak out and stand up against discrimination.”