Submit your pictures to Chachipe photo contest

Chachipe means "truth" or "reality" in Romanes, and it can also mean "right." As organizers of the Chachipe Map international photo contest, the Open Society Foundations and OSA Archivum at Central European University invite you to show us through photos how you see your world, your reality and what you believe to be true.

The first Chachipe photo contest was announced in 2007, and a second contest, Chachipe Youth, was held in 2009. This year's contest puts a special emphasis on the geographical distribution of Roma culture and the symbolic "remapping" of events and actions related to Roma, a fact emphasized by the word "Map" in the title of the contest. If you upload a photo and specify the name of the place where the photo was taken it will appear on an interactive map on the Chachipe Map website. This year you can upload photos in the following three categories: Local Hero, Common Denominator, and Dream Come True.

The most important goal of the contest is to give you an opportunity to show how you see Roma and their situation in society and in the community where you live. We are seeking non-stereotypical photographs that are free of prejudices, that show Roma and non-Roma living together, that approach topics in an open manner and that might even employ radically new perspectives.

This call for entries is open to everybody. In order to be eligible for the contest, however, photos submitted must have been taken during the period 2005–2011 in countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.


More information about the Chachipe photo contest at The deadline for submitting photos is on January 15, 2012.