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May 26, 2011

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Risk prevention in the frame

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its second photo competition to promote awareness of healthy workplaces and risk prevention at work.

Based around the theme of risk prevention, the competition, which first ran in 2009, challenges photo enthusiasts to capture their own image of safety and health at work, with a top prize of €3000 up for grabs.

The three best photos will be selected by an international jury, comprising several leading European photography figures and communication experts in health and safety. In making their decision, the jury will be looking for creativity and originality, as well as images that embody a universal European appeal. This year, there will also be a special Youth Prize for participants under 21 years of age.

The deadline for submission of entries is 31 August 2011, with the winners announced at the closing event at the Healthy Workplaces Campaign, which will be held in Bilbao, Spain on 22 and 23 November.

For those more interested in moving images, the Agency also has an award open to film-makers. Now in its third year, the Healthy Workplaces Film Award will see the recipient win €8000 in prize money, while 1000 copies of the winning film will be produced in 22 EU languages, plus Norwegian and Icelandic, and distributed across Europe.

The film should deal with health and safety risks that people face in their workplace. Other themes that could be explored include workers’ rights; the effects of political and economic change on the way we work; key sectors such as agriculture, or construction; or particular challenges faced by certain workforce groups, such as migrants, or younger and older workers.

The 2010 award was presented to Czech director, Tomáš Kudrna, for his film, All that glitters, which told the tale of a Kyrgyzstan goldmine. Receiving the prize, he said: “The film shows the importance of strict safety precautions when working at altitude with dangerous chemicals to extract gold from rock. It was a great honour to receive the award to bring this topic to the fore.”

EU-OSHA says the Healthy Workplaces Film Award will be given to a creative and artistic documentary, aimed at encouraging discussion among European citizens on the importance of safety and health at work. The film should have a specific point of view that convinces the jury through compelling narrative, strong characters, and excellent film-making skills in camera work, sound and montage.

Directors should submit their films by 10 July. The winning film will be selected by an international jury, comprising leading film professionals and OSH experts, during the DOK Leipzig festival in October.

For more information about the judging criteria and entry instructions, go to

Details of how to enter the photo competition can be found at:

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