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Human Rights, Camera, Action! - Council of Europe launches photo and video competition for young Europeans

To celebrate its 75th anniversary and to raise awareness of the role and impact of the Council of Europe, the Deputy Secretary General, Bjørn Berge, has launched a photo and video competition entitled “Human Rights, Camera, Action!”  aimed at young people, inviting them to use their smartphones or digital cameras to convey a creative vision of human rights in Europe through a photograph or a short video. 

Prize winners will be offered a funded trip to Strasbourg. Their winning entries will be exhibited at the Council of Europe headquarters and published on the organisation’s websites and social media posts. Participants should illustrate the place of fundamental rights in their daily lives, how they perceive human rights or human rights protections, or how they see the future of human rights in Europe.

In an online launch video, the Deputy Secretary General said:

“With so many challenges in the world today, we want to know what human rights mean to you and see those rights through your eyes. Send us your vision of human rights today in any of the four categories: photographs, videos, AI-generated photos, or AI-generated videos. Get creative, and good luck!”.

The competition is organised under the auspices of the upcoming Lithuanian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers (May-November 2024) and winners will be announced in autumn 2024.

Read more about the Competition and Rules.


  • 14 May – 14 July 2024: submission of entries by participants on Instagram.
  • 15 July – October 2024: selection of winning entries; contact with winners.
  • 6-8 November 2024: winners visit Stasbourg for the announcement and exhibition of winning photographs and videos on the margins of the World Forum for Democracy.

The competition was launched at the international youth event in Strasbourg “Confidence in Tomorrow: Sharing and shaping democracy and human rights together with young people”.

Deputy Secretary General Strasbourg 14 May 2024
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