A photograph by The Cyprus Weekly’s Melissa Hekkers of an anti-bullying event at a Nicosia school is one of three winners of a photo competition organised by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) with the support of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus.
Working under the title “We Participate!” the theme for this year’s DigiMe photography competition aimed to highlight the importance of active citizenship in a time of transition in Cyprus and the EU as a whole.
The competition has been held annually since 2011.
The three winners were chosen from more than 150 entries from across Europe. Awards were given to Caghan Emirzadeoglulari for his photo “Rainbow Journey Towards Peace”, Melissa Hekkers for her photo “Junior & Senior School Children in Nicosia fight against bullying” and Christos Skordis with his photo “People: A volcano ready to erupt taken outside the 1st Cyprus Aid concert (April 1,2013). People came together for the people. Was it just another concert or maybe a big idea?”
“With the European Year of Citizens 2013 coming to an end, the competition intended to document those instances where people have contributed to our society, and encourage each and every one of us to keep on,” said the organisers.
Winning entries were judged on whether they could demonstrate positive instances of active citizenship in Cyprus, their photographic appeal and the attention drawn to them through online social networks.
The awards were handed out on Wednesday night, at the Home for Cooperation in the Buffer Zone in Nicosia.
More information about the competition can be found on http://www.digimecy.eu