„Europe is MORE than you think” Award

Youthmedia.eu has launched a contest for the young media makers from all over Europe. Young journalists, photographers and videographers are invited to compete for eight prizes in the ‘Europe is More Than You Think’ Award 2009, launched on 7th September. The award is organised jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Youth Press (EYP), the largest network of young media-creators. We are you: Where, how, when is Europe MORE than you think?

The contest's poster

The contest's poster

Journalists, photographers and videographers are expected to share the EYP values, to look beyond the headlines which dominate the common understanding of Europe – big government, international finance and trade agreements – and capture the Europe which, all too often, goes unnoticed.

The challenge to young media specialists is to cut through the stereotypes and received opinion of what Europe is, to show what Europe really stands for and what it means to be European in the 21st century.

For 60 years, the Council of Europe has promoted human rights, democracy and the rule of law. As an international institution, it has sought to bring a human touch to the European agenda, working, for example, to stop the death penalty, improve economic and social rights, safeguard the quality of medicines and end discrimination in all its forms.

The award is open to residents of Council of Europe member states, with the most important rule being that entrants must be aged between 18 and 27. The closing date for submissions is 6 December 2009. The top submissions will be announced in December 2009. The first prize winners in each of the four categories will receive a 4-day paid visit to Strasbourg, France, to attend and report on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which takes place on 26-30th January 2010. Second and third prizes are Software packages by Adobe and books.

More information and participation possibility on www.youthmedia.eu/more and the Youthmedia.eu blog.