The competition was opened from 1st of April till 15th of May 2011. Around 30 photographers from different European countries applied with more than 100 photos. The best 3 photos won a prize while 2 more got praise. Together with 15 more competition photos and 1 cover photo they became part of exhibition „Volunteers in action". The project is supported by European Union and Council of Europe.
The exhibition will be opened on 22nd of June 2011 in galery Blackbox in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will be presented in Valjevo (Serbia), Tirana (Albania), Bitola (Macedonia, Crnomelj (Slovenia) and other places in South East Europe region during 2011.
1. Andrija Vrdoljak, 1978, Livno - Fire extinguishing
2. Nemanja Šiljegović, 1985, Banja Luka - Volunteers in action
3. Adeline Charnet, France/Valjevo - Crayons
Mahir Vranac,1985, Visoko/Višegrad – Aid distribution
Arnej Misirlić, 1993, Maribor/Svrake- Vogošća, BiH – Trash bags
You can see all exhibition photos on this link:
The top twenty photos, and also the winning photos of the photo competition Volunteers in action
have been chosen due to the fact that they managed to respond to the given topic from different
perspectives and in the same time showed various ways of perceiving volunteering in general.
All chosen photos had not only managed to show the voluntary action and document the activities such
as helping the children, cleaning green areas from waste, raising ecological consciousness or collecting
aid for the part of our planet that was in trouble, but they also evoked the specific atmosphere of volunteering,
collectivity and unity about a noble idea, and also showed great skills of the authors in using
technical abilities of the chosen media. Smile, caught environment, details from the behind or spontaneous
arm movement became the echoes of the original idea of voluntarism visible in these photos.
The winning photos have in common the subtle detachment from the concrete topic: Andrija Vrdoljak
managed to describe the extinguishing of fire in that way to remind us more of the oil on canvas
than of documented photography, Adeline Charnet was devoted to the details by which we
can only anticipate which activity and help could be presented, while Nemanja Šiljegović paid attention
to the serenity and content which come after work done for the benefit of the community.
Such illustrations, slightly removed from the direct representation of the action, speak much more in the
direction of what we should know about volunteers and volunteer acts: their aim is fulfilled only with good
feelings of all participants, enjoying the acting and smiles on the faces of both the helpers and those in trouble.