With the support of The Royal Photographic Society, and under the patronage of Amnesty International, the
European Commission and the British Council, Accademia Apulia UK now welcomes submissions for their
2014 Photography Award. This award is open worldwide and is designed to promote photographers of all
nationalities whose work explores the following:


“No one should be afraid to walk down the street holding hands with the person they love” (Barack Obama, 2012)
Most western societies enshrine in their constitution the rights of freedom and equality. Our leaders maintain
we are free to live our lives, make our own decisions. Yet intolerance, prejudice, injustice and even brutality is
suffered by individuals simply following their heart and attempting to love another person. Race, religion,
sexual orientation, disability, gender-identity still act as silent dividers of the modern era.
Challenging traditional belief systems can result in being ostracised, jailed or in some cases, death. According to
the Crime Survey for England and Wales there are an estimated 278,000 hate crimes committed on average
every year. People of all persuasions are often forced to leave their home and all that they know to be with the
person they love. History is rife with famous examples, including forbidden love at its finest: Romeo and Juliet.
FREEDOM TO LOVE aims to raise awareness on the difficulties many people endure every day worldwide, as
they try to express the most powerful and constructive human quality – love.
The judges are looking for photographs that testify that love is universal. Participants are invited to submit
images of love, communion and friendship that cross established social boundaries, be they racial, religious,
gender, age, or any other identifiable boundary.

Entries are free.
Entries Open: 07/10/2014
Entries Close: 07/12/2014
Finalists Announcement: 22/12/2014
Winner Announcement: 12/01/2015

Entrants will be assessed by leading figures in the field of photography:
Anne Williams, Director for Photography, London College of Communication
Bradley Secker, Photojournalist
Michael Pritchard, Director General, The Royal Photographic Society
Roberta Cremoncini, Director, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Roger Tooth, Head of Photography, The Guardian
Sue Steward, Photographic critic, The Evening Standard

Entitled Home, my Place in the World, the 2013 photography edition attracted over 700 entrants from 31 countries.
An international Panel of Judges short-listed 20 photographers, out of which three outstanding finalists were
selected and subsequently invited to exhibit their work at the Wandsworth Museum, London.
Launched in October 2008, Accademia Apulia UK is a non-profit multi-ethnic organisation based in London,
which has been set to foster a cultural and professional exchange and innovation between communities across
The Accademia’s commitment to nourishing an international artistic dialogue is reflected in the annual
Accademia Apulia Photography Award – an art prize designed specifically to promote cultural diversity and social
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