6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR


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The Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Secretariat of the Ministerial Commissioner for Water Diplomacy, Export and the Danube Region Strategy, is calling for entries to the international photo contest “One Day of the Danube” as part of the program series of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.


The Strategy for the Danube Region

The countries in the Danube basin have been celebrating Danube Day since 29 June 2004. On this day, the Danube River Protection Convention was signed in order to ensure the protection of Danube and the other rivers in its basin. The raison d’être of the international day is to draw attention to this wonderful river and engender a sense of solidarity within the communities living within its catchment area, with the specific aim of preserving the inherent values of the river itself.  

The theme of the competition

 “One Day of the Danube”

The Capa Center, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Ministerial Commissioner for Water Diplomacy, Export and the Danube Region Strategy, calls for entries to an international photo contest entitled “One Day of the Danube”. The competition, which will end on 1 July 2017, is open to all those who reside in the countries of the Strategy for the Danube Region (9 EU Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia; and 5 countries from outside the European Union: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, the Ukraine). 

The theme of the photo contest revolves around one day in the life of the Danube  and the rivers found in its basin which flow through the 14 countries engaged in the Strategy. Only photos taken between 27 June and 1 July of this year are eligible for the competition.

The contest is intended to encourage the conveying of messages – in the form of photographs, insofar as they are taken within the specificed time period – falling within the scope of the aforementioned theme: one day in the Danube basin. We hope to receive photographs which illustrate the importance of the Danube to the life of the region and which showcase its various characteristics and unique nature, be it from a historical, natural, artistic, or cultural perspective. The entries may also accentuate the mythical, folkloric connotations of the Danube.    

Bringing attention to the essential values of photography is among the objectives of the contest, together with shedding light on its inevitable documentary nature, through which it speaks to posterity – and of course to the present as well. The easy-to-use tools, which are available for everyone by now, are perfectly suitable for focusing on and exploring complex cultural, social and environmental questions.

Further inspiration:

On the official site of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (www.dunaregiostrategia.kormany.hu)

The official website of the European Commission (www.danube-region.eu)

Capa Center:  imagesvideos.

Magris, Claudio: Duna [Danube]. Európa Könyvkiadó, 2012

Contest Awards

I.: LEICA D-LUX camera + a voucher worth HUF 50 000, which may be used for scanning, printing or for analog photographic processing

II.: A voucher worth HUF 50 000, which may be used for scanning, printing or for analog photographic processing + a book voucher worth HUF 25 000 

III.: A book voucher worth HUF 25 000 

Members of the jury evaluating the entered works

Éva Keleti, Kossuth and Prima Primissima Prize-winner photographer

Dániel Kovalovszky, photographer

György Lukács, senior advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

Zsófia Pályi Zsófia, photographer

Ábel Szalontai, photographer, Director of the Media Institution of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design   

Duration and Schedule of the Contest

Announcement of contest: Monday, 29 May 2017

Contest open between: Tuesday, 27 June 2017 – Saturday, 1 July 2017

Start of submission period: Tuesday, 2 July 2017 midnight

End of submission period: Thursday, 6 July 2017 noon

Announcement of the winners and award ceremony: Saturday, 14 October 2017

The contest is announced by the Capa Center under the title “One Day of the Danube” as part of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. 
Any individual may submit an entry with a photograph fitting the requirements of this call for competition. The entries may consist of at most 3 photographs or a series of minimum 3 and maximum 6 images taken between 27 June 2017, 00:00 and 1 July 2017, 23:59. 

There is no requirement for the photos to fit any specific formal or technical photohraphic style; in other words there are no genre restrictions and interpretative freedom is welcome.

The entrants shall upload their works with the specified technical qualities electronically, via the drs.capacenter.hu website. 

The works entered will be evaluated and awarded by a professional jury. They jury will evaluate and award only those entries which have been uploaded in accordance with the call for entries.  The contestants will be notified of the results via an e-mail from the awarding organization.

An entry shall be considered valid only insofar as it satisfies the following conditions.

Entrants may only submit works of art that are in their own possession; they assume full responsibility for their work and third parties are not entitled to any rights regarding the copyright of the submitted photographs, nor are they permitted to restrict or prohibit the usage or presentation of the photo(s) in any way; furthermore, the entrants shall agree to fully comply with all laws in force in the process of creating the said submitted works of art.

The awarding organization shall disseminate the submitted works of art at the public awarding ceremony; furthermore, it shall use them in the course of the communication related to the “One Day of the Danube” project and in connection with the satellite events of the project, without any restrictions of place, time, or known way of usage; it shall reproduce them in as many copies and on as many occasions as it deems necessary, make video or audio records of them, distribute them, copy them via a computer or to electronic media; it shall convey the works of art to the public in any known way. The awarding organization is obliged to observe the moral rights of the authors during the utilization of the artworks. 

The awarding organization excludes those works of art from the competition that offend public morals or public taste, are suitable for discrimination, and those that are against legislation in force.


Details of the entrant:

  • name (first name, last name)
  • notification address
  • e-mail address
  • phone number
  • submission ID

Technical parameters of the photographs entered:

  • each image counts as a separate item
  • image title (maximum 150 characters)
  • one file may contain only one photograph
  • formats: JPG, JPEG, PNG
  • the longer side of the images to be uploaded must be between a minimum of 2000 and a maximum of 6000 pixels; otherwise, the system will not allow uploading

The awarding organization or the jury may ask for the original files and other original documents related to the submitted material during any phase of the competition.

Further information regarding the competition:                     

Technical issues:

eContest Helpdesk (helpdesk@econtest.hu)

Questions regarding the competition:

Capa Center (Orsolya Huszár: orsolya.huszar@capacenter.hu)


opens on 1 Aug 2017
Registration 1 Aug – 9 Oct
Event 18 Oct – 19 Oct
Language English, during the Plenary Sessions simultaneous translation into Hungarian is provided
Venue Budapest Congress Centre