European Year for Development

European Year for Development


Through the Lens of Human Rights

Through The Lens Of Human Rights
Ekvilib Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 photographic contest Through the Lens of Human Rights, held as part of the Tax Justice Together project, co-financed by the European Commission and programme Global SOFA – Art for Changes. The contest promotes socially responsible use of photography as a tool for protecting and promoting human rights and expressing a critical outlook on global social developments and processes. This year's focus of the contest, which is fifth in a row, is tax (in)justice. We invite urban wanderers with the passion of observing the streets and with critical insights, yet not necessarily in possession of professional photographic equipment, to participate in this contest. The number of pixels and the composition is not essential – originality of the photography and the comment below is what counts. Also, the winner, chosen by the expert jury and the Internet audience, will receive a special award.
Background Information:
We pay taxes to pay for the health systems to look after us when we’re sick, for the roads we use every day, the justice system and other basic services. The multinational companies are using these same services too, but are not prepared to pay their share of taxes for. Because of that, there is a lack in tax revenues, destroying the life chances of millions of people across the world.
This injustice has caused widespread public anger at a time when many governments are cutting public services and money is tight. But the scandal of tax dodging is even more shocking in the world’s poorest countries. Here are some killer facts about taxes that cause social injustice across the world:

  • As Europe struggles financially and its citizens suffer from severe budget cuts, EU member states lose around €1 trillion annually to tax evasion and avoidance.
  • For every $10 that poor countries gain in aid, they lose $15 because of tax dodging by big companies.
  • More than half of all banking assets and a third of multinational company investments are routed via tax havens.

HOW can i get involved?

Take a picture of a detail on a street that you associate with tax (in)justice, upload your photo with a comment  in Slovene or English to a webpage ( Uploaded photos will constitute a digital photo gallery where the best ones will be chosen by the Internet audience through voting* and by the jury of experts: Blaž Gselman, philosopher and activist, Matej Leskovšek, photographer, director of Slovenia Press Photo, Anita Ramšak, PhD., Human Rights Expert and Aleš Šifrer, project manager.

WHEN can I share my photo?

The contest is now open; the deadline for uploading photos is 30th September 2015.

WHY would I participate in the contest?

Global and national tax policies may sound boring and beyond our control. Sadly, in a current situation this is often the case. But the truth is that these policies have big impact on our lives and on lives of our fellow citizens of the Earth. Many countries still enable multinationals’ and individuals’ tax avoidance, which means that there is not enough money left to provide quality public services, such as education and health care.

It is important to use the power of photos and words to clearly show our awareness about the world we live in and about the world we want to live in. Together we can create the pressure needed for change. Every little stone in the mosaic of these efforts counts, every photo and every word.

Photos will constitute a digital photo exhibition, while the best 15 will compose an international exhibition, which will travel throughout Slovenia and Europe.

 Submit your photos here!


   This project is funded by
      the European Union



Published on Dec 9, 2013
Every year developed countries send developing countries approximately $10 billion in development aid. However, these same developing countries loose more than $100 billion as a result of tax evasion and avoidance by global multinationals. Therefore, quite rightly, we ask how it is possible that money being sent to the global south is allowed to travel back the north, and what role do tax havens play in this?


About the partner

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Tax Justice Together is a collaboration of 24 organisations across 16 EU countries and 3 in the Global South. Our goal is to mobilise European citizens to put tax justice at the heart of the European agenda during EYD2015 and beyond. More...