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Afghanistan photography contest kicks off

12. March 2015 - 11:24
Jalgsipatrull patrullbaasi Wahid lähistel 23.02.2011. Helmandi provints, Afganistan

The Estonian War Museum and the non-profit organization MTÜ Fotokeskkond have announced a photography contest called “Our Afghanistan 2003-2014,” open to all those who served on the missions and represented Estonia in Afghanistan: Defence Forces members, rescue officials, police officers, public servants, diplomats and healthcare experts.

The director of the War Museum, Hellar Lill, said the organizers want to use the medium to bring the sights and experiences of Afghanistan to the public.  

“We’re looking for photos from everyday services on the mission,” said Lill. “We want shots from combat situations, of the oppressive heat, homesickness and emotions, everything connected to Afghanistan.”

An exhibition will be compiled from the submissions, and the photographs will be added to the museum’s photo collection.  

The panel of judges will include acclaimed Estonian press photographers Erik Prozes, Raigo Pajula and Rauno Volmar and Defence Forces photographer Sgt. 1st Class Ardi Hallismaa, as well as Afghanistan operation veterans Maj. Eero Aija and Staff Sgt. Kristjan Prii. The judges will evaluate the photos’ expressiveness and emotionality, artistic and technical calibre and uniqueness.

The photos will be reproduced in the online media and the results will be announced on Monday, 23 April. The prizes for three best photographs will be photography equipment: a SLR Nikon D5200 and two hybrid Nikon 1 V1 cameras with lenses.

The entry instructions can be found at http://afganistan.itrotid.ee/, and contest entries can be uploaded at the same site. Submissions will be accepted until 6 April.

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