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Eshaq Anis and Tahmina Saleem, two of the three winners of the Paiwandgāh photo contest

Eshaq Anis and Tahmina Saleem, two of the three winners of the Paiwandgāh photo contest

In a bid to encourage citizens to share their photographs and stories, Paiwandgāh, a citizen journalism platform by Impassion Afghanistan, recently conducted a photo competition in April 2015. The results of this photo contest were recently announced, and three winners were picked based on a jury selection and the votes that their photos received.

From a total of 25 participants who sent Paiwandgāh their photographs, three winners were chosen. Entries were received under two categories, one depicting the celebration of Nowruz Festival, and the other focusing on the start of new educational year across the country. These pictures were available on social media for public voting, and secured around 500 votes collectively.

These photos were then evaluated by a jury based on rules and regulations of the photo contest, and eventually three winners were shortlisted. Eshaq Anis was awarded under the Nowruz celebration category, while Abdul Ghafar Nazari’s photo was picked as the best depiction of the start of the Afghan school year.
Eshaq Anis's winning entry depicting Nowruz festival

Eshaq Anis’s winning entry depicting Nowruz festival

“As an active citizen journalist, I’m very excited to contribute to Paiwandgāh,” Anis said upon receiving his certificate. “It is a good opportunity for those who want to learn. and these kind of competitions help further enhance our skills,” he added.
Apart from this, another special award was handed out to an exceptionally great entry by Tahmina Saleem. “It was a new experience for me. But I am now going to use Paiwandgah as platform to showcase my photography and stories,” Tahmina explained.
Tahmina Saleem's winning entry for Paiwandgāh photo contest depicting Hamdeli celebrations during Nowruz

Tahmina Saleem’s winning entry for Paiwandgāh photo contest depicting Hamdeli celebrations during Nowruz

The photo contest was timed around the launch of the new website for Paiwandgāh to encourage users and readers to submit their stories and photographs covering wide range of subjects from across Afghanistan.

A section on the website focuses on photo stories that features photographs from citizens journalists.

Abdul Ghafar Nazari’s winning photograph that shows the enthusiasm that marks the beginning of the new school year in Afghanistan

Abdul Ghafar Nazari’s winning photograph that shows the enthusiasm that marks the beginning of the new school year in Afghanistan

You can also send your news stories and photos directly via the Paiwandgāh website – www.Paiwandgah.af or through an email (salaam@paiwandgah.af). You can also send us your stories through an SMS or a phone call on 0793129129.

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