When you campaign about aid, you’re always looking for new ways to tell the story. We know that in recent years, thanks to aid money, the Rwandan government eliminated user fees for primary and lower secondary school education; in Sierra Leone the government was able to remove user fees for mother’s and babies and now millions more people are alive thanks to anti-retroviral drugs. These are great achievements but we still need to find ways to show the public that aid money changes lives around the world.
But we need to do more than tell people about the difference that aid can make. With this in mind, we've teamed up with the European Journalism Centre to launch an exciting new photography competition, CL!CK ABOUT IT.
Too often, in European countries, aid is seen simply as cheques going out the door. It’s difficult to visualise what this money actually represents, what it can actually do. Aid is about transforming lives. It’s about health services, schools and institutions that transform communities. This may seem remote when you live in places like Barcelona or London but they are fundamentals that matter to people all over the planet.
Fancy yourself as a photographer?
If you think you’re pretty nifty with a camera then get snapping. By capturing images that demonstrate how crucial these services are you can play a role in telling the story of how government money can make a difference to people’s lives.
In CL!CK ABOUT IT we want you to capture moments that show how people's lives and communities are being transformed by tackling poverty, health, education, gender, environment and agricultural issues. This is what aid is all about. We want your creativity, so you can think beyond these areas.
If you want to find out more, and see what great prizes there are, have a look at the official site.