UPEACE participates at the launch of the Second Costa Rican National Photography Contest in Commemoration of the International Day of Peace




  • Rector Rojas gave a motivational lecture to inaugurate the National Photography Contest in Commemoration of the International Day of Peace, organized by the Costa Rican Ombudsperson's Office .

26 May, 2016. Veritas University, San José, Costa Rica. The University for Peace worked alongside the Ombudsperson's Office of Costa Rica at the launch of the Second National Photography Contest, in Commemoration of the International Day of Peace, a day that is celebrated the 21st of September, every year.

This event took place at the Roberto Sasso Sasso Auditorium where Ombudsperson, Montserrat Solano, the Rector of the University for Peace, Francisco Rojas, and the Rector of the Veritas University invited professional or amateur photographers to participate in this special contest and to create awareness in Costa Rica and the world.

Rector Rojas delivered the inaugural lecture, in which he stressed the fact that we possess many powerful tools to educate for freedom and create awareness, and that one of them is the power of photography, motivating everyone to participate in this important contest.

In this second edition of the contest, photos must allude to freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom to live free from fear and freedom of necessity. These freedoms underpin the construction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The photographs that participate in the contest will be used to create itinerant galleries to educate on human rights, and also in other spaces such as exhibitions, books, and workshops.

Participants must be over 15 years and cannot submit photographs that have participated and won awards in other competitions of any form. Photographs should be sent in digital format and the contest closes on Wednesday August 31 at 11:59 p.m.

The competition rules and the instructions on how to send images are here.

The contest is being organized in coordination with the University of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Institute of Technology, the National Distance University, the School of Photography of the Veritas University and the University for Peace.

For more information, please contact Ana Lucía Guerrero at aguerrero@upeace.org or call +506 2205-9000