Courtesy of Ronghui Chen

2020 Themes

The BarTur Photo Award is open to those working in the fine arts, documentary, fashion, advertising, journalism and all other fields of photographic image making. Echo the achievements of those who came before us or “push the envelope” with innovation.  Whether you are inspired by your personal experience or by the urgent issues of our time, you are invited to share your vision.
This year we are eager to support photographers whose work illuminates one of these two themes: UNITY IN DIVERSITY or CLIMATE CHANGE.

Courtesy of Raul Ariano

Unity in Diversity

As we move further forward into the 21st century, and our planet becomes smaller with increased internet connectivity and global travel, we see greater cross-cultural human interaction, but also a rise in tensions as culture, religion, politics and economies collide. Compounded by climate change and strains on resources, these tensions are likely to become a significant challenge to governments and institutions over the next decade. But yet, diversity is the DNA of humanity and its development of art and culture. 
Unity in diversity is used as an expression of harmony and unity between dissimilar individuals or groups. It is a concept of "unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation"[Lalonde] that shifts focus from unity based on a mere tolerance of physical, cultural, linguistic, social, religious, political, ideological and/or psycholog cal differences towards a more complex unity based on an understanding that difference enriches human interactions.

Climate Change

Venice is vanishing inch by inch.  Beijing is barely visible through the smog.  Ice receding, penguins and walruses search for anywhere to rest. “Ghost forests” of coastal trees are choked to death by salt-water. Islands of plastic garbage accumulate in oceans. Fires in California rage for days and destroy entire towns. Drought in Africa sparks wars – which send families fleeing to other continents - where they meet with hostility stoked by fear and political extremism. Climate Change is now, pressing on us. How can we make a change to save the planet and its inhabitants from disaster? 

Courtesy of David Gardner

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BarTur Photo Award is a not for profit organization that aims to find, support and recognize the best contemporary photographic talent. The award is looking for work that is unique, compelling and inspiring. To be judged by a panel of industry leaders.

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