Due to an unprecedented number of entries to our Street Photography competition, our judge Eric Kim certainly had his hands full deciding a winner. He has sifted through all 579 photos and come up with a winner and five honourable mentions.
Winning Photo is Tri, dva, jedan by Ivan Aleksic Beautifully composed. All of the elements seem to be positioned exactly where they need to be. Ivan has waited for the precise moment when the walker is in the right place within the frame. The strong contrast emphasises the graphic lines and perfect proportions.http://www.siliconbeachtraining.co.uk/blog/street-photo-comp-winner/
China International Photographic Art Exhibition is one of the most important events hosted by China Photographers Association. This large-scale international photography exhibition, patronaged by FIAP, is hosted every two years since being approved and established by Ministry of Culture of PRC in 1981, and has been successfully held 13 times in total by 2009. China 14th International Photographic Art Exhibition has drawn 72,678 entries by 7,298 photographers from 88 countries and regions, and set a new record with the amount of entries received.
My first image and knowledge of Kosovo comes from the famous Serbian film "The Battle of Kosovo"
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InvewtJ0GGM ) which I first saw the late eighties, early nineties, when I first went to primary school. Of course I was too young to realize the message that the film is wearing and the then situation in Kosovo, but remember that I was impressed by our courage and bravery of the few army outnumbered the Turkish army. One of the things I realized, was "Who was the winner? ". Soon I was in school to "clarify". Serbia was the moral victor, and the meaning of "moral victor" I only later understood, precisely a few years ago when I visited Kosovo. http://www.kosovodiary.com
As I wrote im ireport, Kosovo has for several years, especially after the unilateral declaration of independence, a very topical issue and a powerful political weapon in Serbia, while very little is known about the real life of Serbs in Kosovo, and even less to the Albanians. What is obvious is that there is great hatred between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo. This hatred existed for centuries in the area, but has escalated the past few years.
After the war and NATO bombing in 1999, soldiers of KFOR came to Kosovo to maintain peace artificially. I have seen that such a peace is only apparent, because both Serbs and Albanians have used every opportunity and inattention KFOR to hurt each other. When I talked with the Serbs, I heard terrible stories about Albanian crimes against Serbs: A pregnant woman who was murdered on the terrace, while the hairdryer clothes, by Albanian snipers and a bomb was thrown into a crowded nightclub during the weekend are just some of examples. Also when I talked to the Albanians and they had their own stories against the Serbs. The Albanian man told me about a time when he studied in Pristina and the roommate who one day went to the store and gone forever.
I realized that reconciliation between the two peoples is impossible. But hope has given me an Albanian who told me that his child was born after the war and that it will not remember the crimes that occurred during the past year. If peace continues, and this new generation of children grow up in peace, there is a chance that the future of Serbs and Albanians to live harmoniously.
Albanians and Serbs still live in Kosovo so close but so far. An interesting example is the town of Kosovska Mitrovica in northern Kosovo which is the center of the conflict. Serbs live in the north, and Albanians in the south. The town is so small it literally from the balcony they can see what is happening on the other side. Divided by only a small bridge over the Ibar River. The bridge who lost their purpose to bring together people, he now divides people.
They live in different realities that co-exist but “do not recognize each other”. There are to many misunderstandings and barriers that still hinder normal communication between Serbs and Albanians, displaying both still present obsession with history and identity. Many Serbs are in confusion as a result of the establishment of parallel institutions. Kosovo Serbs do not know who to ask - if the parallel institutions selected in the last Serbian elections, which does not recognize UNMIK to Kosovo institutions, which you run the risk of being labeled traitors or institutions that have nothing to Serbia in Kosovo and the powers that they can not solve the problem.
But currently is difficult to be a Serb in Kosovo because Kosovo two years ago was part of Serbian state and the Albanians were a minority. And today is the reverse, when the Albanians in 2008 unilaterally proclaimed independence, Serbs have become a minority in their own country. Since then, a large number of Serbs left Kosovo, and if you lived there for generations and is considered the Kosovo Serbian holy land with the highest number of monasteries and historical monuments. This is life in the same space, but in different "states". Albanians related to Kosovo Serbs to Serbia ". And some still say that Serbia is the " moral victor ". Galleries>>
Gypsies, often called Romani or Domari, are made up of two groups: the Ghorbati and the Nawari. Both groups speak a dialect of the Gypsy language called Romany, which is related to the North
Indo-Aryan language of India. Their dialect, Domari, contains many Arabic words. Gypsies call themselves Rom, which in their language means "men." Rom is derived from the Indian word Dom, meaning "a man of low caste who gains his livelihood by singing and dancing." The Ghorbati are named from the Arabic word, gurbet, which means "stranger." In the Arab world, Gypsies are called Nauar, hence the Nawari Gypsies.
The problem of the “Rom” or Gypsies has deep cultural roots. A radical lack of alternatives, marginalization, doors to a different future shut tight. The inescapability of this condition is at the core of this project. In the Rom culture, traditional elements and codes — the ethnic identity — are kept alive by inter-generational relations. Ethnic identification through self-perception — the ability to identify oneself with one’s ethnic group — is quite strong among the Rom and the women, with their keen maternal instinct, raise their children to the same destiny, thus perpetuating the vicious cycle.
It is difficult to change the order of things. Born a Rom, die a Rom.
Today, Gypsies are “Super people” - They do not have their land and live in all countries of the world, do not have your music and play all the music of the world, do not have their own language and speak all the languages of the world, do not have their religion and have all the religions of the world - and no one feels deprived , no one feels "threatened." They do not have their government, they do not have their own army and do not think they have it- why should when they do not have their state. They do not mean to attack anyone or win - and why should, but they are all already won through peaceful means. Galerries>>