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SAY CHEESE! New EU funded project to support photographers in the Eastern Partnership countries

Photographers in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries will be supported in the development of their art and in the strengthening of their reciprocal cooperation under an EU-funded project SAY CHEESE!, implemented in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Culture programme. At the same time, the project has launched a large scale, on line survey to which all amateur and professional photographers are invited to take part until 28 February.

As part of the project, over the next two and a half years, each partner country will host a number of events including round tables, conferences, seminars, business forums, photo contests, exhibitions and open-airs. Partners will create a common online photo school and will publish an Eastern Partnership Family Photo Album, which will include best works of Belarusian, Armenian, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, and Azerbaijani photographers.

In March 2013, Minsk (Belarus) will host an international conference Prospects for the development of Eastern Partnership photography. Participants of the conference will have an opportunity to take part in round tables and discuss the challenges and opportunities of photography development in Eastern Partnership countries.

One of the first activities of the project is a large-scale, on line survey, designed to assess the state of photography development in all Eastern Partnership countries. The survey aims to define most relevant topics and areas of interest for amateur and professional photographers, to assess their educational needs and to find out whether photographers are interested in cooperation with their colleagues from other Eastern Partnership countries.
The SAY CHEESE! project  wants to boost capacities of EaP photographers’ associations and to encourage their networking with each other. The project aims at enhancing abilities of local professional and amateur photographers in the EaP region to create and sell high quality thematic EaP photos; finally, the project wants to promote thematic EaP photography within the EaP, the EU and at international level.

The €12 million Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries’ cultural networks and actors. (EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)

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