Youth on Assignment
EYE SEE Australia, RMIT University, Melbourne. © Nicholas Walton-Healey
The Youth on Assignment project has been created by WPO in partnership with Sony to continue our commitment to students. This program is for students participating in the Sony World Photography Award Student Focus programme, providing a real life, educational experience in documenting and communicating important social issues.
“Youth on Assignment” gives a live and educational opportunity for students to experience the importance of documentation and communication in the field of social issues. We invite them to Sony’s various CSR projects in the world and let them document and communicate what they find as young witnesses.”
Kambe-san, Sony Vice President, CSR Corporate Communication Sony Corporation
In each project, WPO will work with a local school to choose 2 students. This pair will have the opportunity to work to a live brief giving them practise in the field, supported by professional photographers under the supervision of their professor. The students will also have their images published on both the WPO and Sony websites to further raise awareness of each cause while also promoting the students’ profile.
Sony will donate operational cost for shooting, and the equipment for the students to use for each project, which is subsequently gifted to the school’s photography department for use by all the students providing ongoing opportunities for many students.
Project 4: EYE SEE Australia
Partner: Sony, UNICEF and Amity
About: "EYE SEE" is a UNICEF digital photo project for children supported by Sony. EYE SEE workshops support human rights and help children develop the ability to express their feelings through a camera lens and broadcast their discovery to the world. The workshops support children to often share social injustice and barriers they have to realize their rights. Australia Darwin, is the 11th project of its kind having started in Pakistan in 2006.
Project 3: Public Viewing in Tanzania
Partner: Sony, AMREF, Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography
About: 'Public Viewing in Tanzania' which took place in November 2011, offered Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, a Student Focus school, the chance to document a Sony and AMREF project to raise awareness of HIV/Aids in Tanzania.
Project 2: Folk Tales
Location: Lilongwe Rural
Partner: Sony, UNESCO, GFCT (Global Future Charitable Trust)
About: Malawi Folk Tales project aims to collect and document the tradition of folktale itself and their culture of storytelling for education purposes. To help safeguard Malawian cultural heritage before it disappears in this age of mass communication.
Project 1: Mobile Library Project
Country: South Africa
Partner: Sony, SAPESI (South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative)
About: Sony group and SAPESI, an NPO based in South Africa support for the "South Africa Mobile Library Project," jointly launched by SAPESI and the South African Department of Education in 2005, as part of the Department of Education's efforts to improve literacy levels by loaning books to pupils and teachers at primary and middle schools across the country.