EU NEIGHBOURS EAST and FOTOFESTIWAL invited professional photographers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to enter an EU-funded photo contest on Family Connections, which ran from November 2022 to January 2023. From a total of more than 400 applications, a team of five top international judges drew up a shortlist of three photographers from each country. Six winners were announced at a Gala in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the end of March. They were each awarded a prize of €1000.
Scroll down to see the shortlisted photographers and winners. You will also find links to the projects they entered. These individual project pages are in English.
Why Family Connections?
This contest invited artistic, social and above all personal interpretations of the theme ‘family connections’ in a series of photos.
How does our family connect us to our roots, culture, traditions, attitudes and future? Which connections define a family and make us belong? How do these connections adapt to changing worlds, technology, conflict, love and loss?
Rarely have we experienced the importance and fragility of ‘family connections’ more than in the last three years. Covid-imposed social distancing brought suffering and isolation and transformed many connections, but intensified others. Last year, the whole world saw how war can rip families apart in an instant and how many opened their family homes to refugees.
About the Organisers
The contest is organised by the EU NEIGHBOURS EAST programme, in partnership with Fotofestiwal. EU NEIGHBOURS EAST is an EU-funded regional communication programme that raises awareness of the European Union, its policies and support projects in its Eastern Neighbourhood. The programme complements EU Delegations communication in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as a collective of professionals working with photography, since then it has grown into one of the most relevant photographic festivals in Europe. Over 20 years, it has developed a wealth of experience in running competitions and showcasing results.