The International Festival of Social Photography


Beauty, Kindness, Justice, Truth

Sarcelles is staging a joyfully democratic photo competition aimed at … well everyone, anywhere who lives in a city. The competition is for images made on mobile phones (cell phones) of the city in which you live and has the theme of  “De la Couleur et du Bonheur dans ma Cité “ (Colour and Happiness in my City).

It’s open to everyone, whether young or old, amateur or professional, but entries close very soon – 18 August.

Sarcelles is a suburban district in the north of Paris. In the 1950s and 60s is became home to many of the French nationals who had been living in Algeria before Independence. With low-rent housing and an ethnic mix it is a cosmopolitan melting pot and more recently home to the International Festival of Social Photography, PHOTSOC. The festival embraces a Gallic egality “committed to sharing to create social bonds, driven by strong values”; getting back to basics, those values are: “beauty, kindness, justice and truth”.

The images will be selected on the basis of their creativity and visual power rather than subject matter. The organisers encourage participants to re-engage with their inner child – exuberant, inquisitive and confident in their creativity.

The entry process is clearly outlined (in French) on their website. If you don’t read French then Google will make a reasonable go of turning it into the language of your choice.

The Fourth PHOTSOC runs 14-23 September 2012.

More information here.


Upper: Sarcelles © Xavier Zimbardo
Lower: poster image © Jordi Cohen


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