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Encouraging African digital photography

March 2, 2011  »  EducationNo Comment
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{eLearning Africa}

A primary schoolteacher sits at the helm of a computer with an engaged group of young students before him. His blue sweater cleverly juxtaposes the students’ light-colored uniforms: the computer has arrived in Africa. Titled “One To Many,” it was this scene that captured first place in the 2010 eLearning Africa Photo Competition.

One year ago, we praised eLearning Africa for giving an opportunity for Africans to “re-create the African collective memory.” Fortunately, eLearning Africa is again sponsoring an African photo competition to show how ICTs are changing the way Africans live. After all, photography not only has the potential to encourage further ICT development, but can empower youth, and serve as proof to the rest of the world that yes, Africa has found its home within the digital sphere. According to the contest landing page:

The 2nd eLearning Africa Photo Competition aims to capture how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can nurture talent, skills and innovation across Africa. We invite you to send us your photos that depict outstanding achievements in Africa – empowered by ICTs, or that show innovative ways in which ICTs can foster the growth of people, communities and society.

Winners will receive either a camera, a netbook, or a Flip camcorder and the stories behind the top photos will be displayed during the 6th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training in Dar es Salaam this coming May. The contest  deadline is April 21st, so there is still plenty of time to enter.