Call for photos: exhibition on cultural heritage in times of conflict

The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO announces a call for photos for an open air photo exhibition that it, in partnership with the Municipality of The Hague, Blue Shield Netherlands and the Flemish UNESCO Commission, will organize this spring.

From 10 May until 15 June 2014 the Commission will launch a photo exhibition on heritage protection in times of conflict. The exhibition will be shown at the Lange Vijverberg in the city centre of The Hague, as part of the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict.

An American soldier looks at a Jewish Scroll. Frankfurt, July 1945.

We invite organizations, voluntary groups and experts working in crisis, conflict and post-conflict situations to send in photographs to be displayed in this exhibition.

We are looking for photos that not only show the heritage endangered or the efforts for its protection, but that also refer to those persons and organizations involved. The images should emphasize the personal and emotional involvement that people have with their heritage. The exhibition will also highlight the work of those organizations, groups and persons that strive to protect cultural heritage under dangerous, tense and complicated circumstances.

If you wish to participate in this exhibition, send a maximum of three pictures to info [at] Final date of submission is 21 February 2014. Hereafter a committee will select a total number of 20 photos that will be part of the exhibition.

More details on the criteria for selection and a description of the exhibition can be found in this document

Darul Aman Palace (Foto: CC / Bruce MacRae)

Diverse internationale verdragen dragen bij tot de bescherming van cultuur: De Haagse 1954 Conventie helpt cultureel erfgoed te beschermen in geval van een gewapend conflict. De Conventie uit 1970 draagt bij aan de bestrijding van illegale handel in cultuurgoederen en stimuleert teruggave van ontvreemde culturele objecten.


Tijdens de post-conflict expertmeeting in december is een aanbeveling geformuleerd die binnen UNESCO zal worden verspreid en een leidraad biedt voor concrete vervolgstappen voor het ontwikkelen van beleid in post-conflictsituaties. 


Lees op meer over de hulp van UNESCO aan Mali. U vindt hier ook de mogelijkheid om te doneren.

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