Unity in Diversity

Courtesy of Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Diversity is our strength

Diversity is what makes humans interesting. Embracing different cultures, lifestyles and thoughts has led to some of history’s greatest accomplishments.
However, what can unite, can also divide. As we live through a time of heightened tensions, and nations divided, we have seen first-hand the damage clashing cultures and thoughts can cause.
Now more than ever, we need to celebrate diversity, and unite in the things that make us so fascinating as human beings. Diversity enriches our daily lives, whether through music, art, food or friends, we need to cherish our differences and share them with the world.
Nelson Mandela was committed to the idea of different cultures enriching each other: "Unity in Diversity" is a phrase we use often in South Africa, which is also a country of widely diverse peoples and cultures (Indonesia, 1997). Unity and Diversity asks you to consider these instances of enrichment through differences and share your stories around these events. 
To compete for the BarTur Photo Award, we are looking for commentary on Unity in Diversity. Your work should encourage us to find unity in the variety of human experience.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”


Nelson Mandela