Women and girls around the world play important roles in their communities, but their lives and work are often overlooked or unappreciated. Through this competition and exhibition PhotoForward challenged our photographers to share the amazing stories of women and girls from their families and communities through individual photographs and/or photo sets.
2016 EXHIBITION GALLERIES
More than 100 guests joined us at Sister Srey Cafe, in Siem Reap to celebrate women's stories and honor the remarkable Cambodian photographers whose photographs and insights are featured in this new exhibition.
It was a terrific evening filled with good food, great people, inspiring artwork, and lots of joy and laughter! We are deeply grateful to the whole Sister Srey team, our good friends at Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), our generous supporters, and the ever-growing PhotoForward community for making this exhibition a huge success.
PHOTO CHALLENGE SUBMISSION GALLERY
Through the 2016 Photo Challenge, PhotoForward called on our community of photographers to share the amazing stories of women and girls in Cambodia through using the skills they have learned through our workshops and peer-mentoring. Challenge candidates were asked to create a compelling visual story illustrating the value and strength of women and girls in their families and communities through a single photo or photo sets.
We received almost 200 photographs from a diverse range of 23 Cambodian photographers-in-training, ages 14 to 37, who are excited to share new stories, practice their skills, and improve their work.
MEET OUR INTERNATIONAL JURY
Meet the 2016 Photo Challenge International Jury! Representing 8 countries, 4 continents, and an impressive range of professional and creative expertise, we are so grateful to our amazing team of artists and advocates who have volunteered to share their insight and feedback with our Photo Challenge candidates!
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THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP
PhotoForward’s international arts and media programs empower artists and activists to share their own stories through photography, documentary film, community research, and mixed-media art. Since 2005, we have provided hundreds of children and adult learners in under-served communities with the opportunity to explore their cultures, express their experiences, and raise their voices. www.photoforward.org
Sister Srey Cafe is a social enterprise that supports their staff of young Khmer students through training in hospitality, English language skills, personal development, health and hygiene and banking. The Cafe works along side Hearts to Harmony Foundation, and 20 percent of profits go towards Hearts to Harmony to supports individuals through education, health and hygiene, and supports rural families. www.sistersreycafe.com
Map Your World is a global multi-platform project that puts the power of new technologies into the hands of young change agents, enabling them to map, track, and improve their own communities. Map Your World empowers communities to explore issues and ideas that matter, then collect data and create maps to make real change. www.mapyourworld.org
Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is a non-profit organization working in Southeast Asia to improve living conditions of underserved communities through health, education, economic, and emergency relief projects. Its mission is to run projects throughout Southeast Asia that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities, empower recipients and supporters in order to inspire ongoing social change. www.journeyswithinourcommunity.org