Miradas en Movimiento: There Is Still Time to Participate!

2 December, 2016

The photo contest Miradas en Movimiento (Glimpses in Motion) that began last November is still receiving images that reflect the importance of protection for migrants.


Imagen Miradas en Movimiento concurso fotografíaThrough this contest, as part of its Mesoamerica Program, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) seeks to bring attention to the different initiatives designed to follow IOM’s principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. "The initiatives can be collective or individual, institutional, or civil society efforts that in various ways offer protection to migrants, whether by informing them of their rights, helping them to prevent the risks associated with migration, or providing them with assistance and support mechanisms. With this contest we want people to ask themselves, "What can I do to promote decent and safe and regular migration that will benefit us all?" explains Alexandra Bonnie, Regional Coordinator of the Mesoamerica Program.

The Miradas en Movimiento consists of two phases, and is aimed at people of all ages. Photos can be taken with cameras, mobile phones, or tablets. During Phase One, participants should send their photographs and documents by e-mail to miradasenmovimiento2016@gmail.com . The images will be evaluated by a jury that will select up to fifteen finalist photographs for Phase Two, which will consist of a contest on the InformArte en Movimiento Facebook page, where the public will choose the winning photos through votes or likes. The top three places will receive cash prizes of US$400, $300, and $200.

This contest is part of the activities of InformArte en Movimiento, a campaign with a focus to equip communities, especially young people, with tools to build awareness and promote safe and orderly migration. "This is why, through this contest, we encourage you to tell us what your community is like and how you experience migration and the protection of migrants from your own perspective" said Alexandra Bonnie, who also pointed out that all of the campaign activities also seek to generate mechanisms for social cohesion and to eliminate the myths and prejudices that generate a negative perception about migrants.

In addition to the first three places, honorable mentions will be given, and a travelling photo exhibit will be put together to be presented in several Mesoamerican communities. The deadline to participate in Miradas en Movimiento is December 18th, International Migrants Day. The competition rules are available on the Mesoamerica Regional Program website (www.programamesoamerica.com).