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Reporters Without Borders co-launches Photojournalism Competition on Human Rights of the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival

December 4, 2008

Reporters Without Borders co-launches the first edition of the Photojournalism Competition on Human Rights of the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival

Reporters without Borders Canada is proud to announce its active participation in the first edition of the Photojournalism Competition on Human Rights, due to take place within the 4th edition of the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival (MHRFF) March 12 to 22, 2009. This competition is organised by Anthropographia and defends the same values of freedom of press and freedom of expression dear to Reporters without Borders. It is an open competition representing a great opportunity for all photographers who wish to have their works known to the public and show their attachment to values related to human rights. The photographs will be presented as exhibitions and slideshows in venues like the UQAM's Chaufferie during the MHRF (March 12-22) and Cinema du Parc, from May 1st to June 1st, 2009. The event should reach 25000 persons; all reportages will therefore get an exceptional visibility.

Photographs must be sent before January 15, 2009, according to a particular subscription procedure described on the website A selection will then determine the works that will be part of the exhibition and the slideshows screened at cinema du Parc.

The jury will remit various prizes during the MHRFF Award Ceremony, on March 21, 2009. Members of the jury are personalities known for their commitment in the field of photography and human rights:

- François Bugingo, President and founder of Reporters without Borders Canada
- Benoît Aquin, Montreal photographer and recent Pictet Prize laureate
- Pierre Pascal, Chief-editor and Publisher of Passe-Frontières magazine
- Mary Ellen Davis, social and political documentary director
- Roy Hartling, artist

The Jury's Grand Prize for Photojournalism on human rights comprises $1000 offered by and a publication in Passe-Frontières. During the same ceremony, two other prizes will be remitted: the Audience Prize forphotojournalism on human rights offered by Reporters without Borders consisting in a twelve-portfolio collection, and the Young Montrealer Reporter Prize for a photograph rewarded by the jury whose author will receive a photo album offered by Magnum photos and a publication of the photograph in Photosolution.

For more information contact:
Katherine Borlongan
Executive Director
Reporters Without Borders Canada
Phone: 514-521-4111

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