It helped me to find ways to explain myself and
                 to face my problems rather than running away
                 from them.

                            Maher Elhaggar, 16, from Egypt,
                            overall winner in 2007.
Photography is all around us. Across the globe, people are taking, sharing and looking at photographs
every day. Shoot Nation’s photography competition offers young people the opportunity to channel their
talents, ideas and opinions toward an issue that is pertinent to us all – climate change. In this way, the com-
mon language of photography can be used to communicate young people’s concerns to a wide audience.                    A

This is a project to be celebrated, developed and sustained.

Janice McLaren
Head of Education & Projects
The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Now in its third year, Shoot          international children’s charity Plan.   communication - without the need
Nations is a photography project      The Shoot Nations web-site               for language or literacy - as the
involving a global competition for    ( provides          pictures speak for themselves. The
young people, international           all the information young people         images submitted to the project        C           D
exhibitions and workshops. Based      need to take part. Each entrant          form a body of work that captures
on a specific theme, 11-24 year       takes three photos or draws              the feelings and opinions of the
olds are invited to use pictures to   three pictures based on separate         younger generation all over the
show what matters to them, what’s     aspects of the theme. The site           world on a given issue.
wrong or right with their world and   is available in six languages and
how they can make a difference.       has posters, resources and               To celebrate International Youth
                                      printouts for those communities          Day 2007, a group of young people
The project is a partnership          with limited internet access.            presented 48 of the best photos
between Shoot Experience and                                                   from the competition to the United
                                      Plan’s international network en-         Nations at its Headquarters in New
                                      sures widespread interest and            York. In doing so the central aim of
                                      young people themselves spread           the project was achieved, as
                                      the word to friends and contacts         expressed by Marie Staunton,
                                      via the internet. The project has        Chief Executive of Plan UK.
                                      broad appeal because adult in-                                                              F
                                      volvement is not required and
                                      because producing pictures can be
                                      done instinctively. Photography is
                                                                               the smallest family or community
                                      an ideal medium for cross-cultural
                                                                               issue in the most remote part of
Fiona Jade, Philipines                                                         the world can reach the highest
                                                                               level of global government.

This year’s theme is ‘Young people in a changing climate’, giving young people the opportunity to express
their views on how their environment is changing and what they want to do about it.
                                                                                                                                  A   Sara Dias            Front Cover
                                                                                                                                       Portugal            Tanja Zenkovich
The three aspects on which the pictures are based are:
                                                                                                                                  B   Lara Thordar         Belarus
• How is climate change affecting your life?                                                                                           Iceland
                                                                                                                                  C   Haley Trueman        Ryan Bonner
• Act now - Be the change!                                                                                                            UK                   Salisbury
                                                                                                                                  D   Ozcan Erdogdu
• Your world in the future.                                                                                                           Turkey               Caitlin Hernandez
                                                                                                                                  E   Katharina Kihnel     Australia
Selected photographs for 2008 are being exhibited at the Oxo Tower ( Bargehouse Street,                            F   Mark-David Pfeifer   Katharina Kihnel
South Bank) from 13th - 17th August to celebrate International Youth Day. A presentation of photographs is                            Germany              Germany
                                                                                                                                  G   Ong Zi Yan
also being made at the World Youth Congress in Quebec, Canada on August 12th.                                                         Singapore

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        F                   G




                    K       M

                                    A   Joe Kunin          I   Matt Caplin
                                        USA                    Australia
                                    B   Jaskirt Dhaliwal   J   Kirsty Andrews
                                        Birmingham             England
                                    C   Kingshuk           K   Barbara
                                        India                  Banastacio
                                    D   Urika                  Portugal
                                        Slovenia           L   Jaskirt Haliwal
                                    E   Vladimirs              Birmingham
                                        Latvia             M   Kim Muller
                    L               F   Isden Seidu            Morocco
    I   J
                                    G   Urika
                                    H   Nellie Daniel
                                        South Africa

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Shoot Nations 2006
The first Shoot Nations competition, run by Shoot Experi-
ence, a photography event management company, was in
July 2006 with the theme ‘Journeys’.

250 people from 36 different countries took part. An
exhibition of selected photos was held at the Association of
Photographers Gallery in London from 12th to 18th August
2006 to celebrate International Youth Day.

Shoot Nations 2007
Shoot Nations 2007 saw the competition expand as Shoot
Experience joined forces with international children’s charity
Plan. The theme was ‘Governance’, engaging young people
around the world to express their thoughts on power, control
and participation.

There were 1,500 entries from 85 countries. An international
roadshow of exhibitions and workshops followed. A group
of young photographers gave a presentation to the UN on                                           2006 winning photo
                                                                                                          Andra Marin
International Youth Day.                                                                                    Romania

                                                                                                                                                                             2007 shortlisted photo
                                                                                                                                                                          Raphaela Rosella, Australia

                                                                 To take part in Shoot Nations meant for me
                                                                 to show the world as I see it, to make visible
                                                                 my own private collection of the world whilst
                                                                 giving it back to the world itself. Essentially                                 This photograph reveals our determination
                                                                 I was inspired by the chance to participate                                     and our will to break free through the circle
                                                                 and by doing it to actually materialize what                                    of life and its problems.
                                                                 governance really means – participation,
                                                                                                                                                             Overall winner in 2007
                                                                 accountability and responsiveness.                                                          Maher Elhaggar, 16, from Egypt.
                                                                             Overall Runner up 2007
                                                                             Barbara Anastácio, 22, Portugal

                                                                                                                        2007 winning photo
                                                                                                                        Maher El Naggar

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                                                                                                                             NEW DELHI, INDIA -
                                                                                                                             Max Mueller Bhawan
                                                                                                                             The 2007 roadshow culminated in a suc-
                                                                                                                             cessful visit to India. Over 1,000 people
                                                                                                                             attended the exhibition and 100 people
                                                                                                                             took part in the accompanying workshops.

                                                                                                                             The exhibition patron was Mr Raghu Rai,
                                                                                                                             eminent photographer and ‘Padmashree’
                                                                                                                             (awarded for his coverage of the Bhopal
                                                                                         Winning Image, “Team Hellies”       industrial disaster in 1984). He spoke of
                                                                                               2007 London Workshop          the importance of listening to young peo-
                                                                                                                             ple and of the power of the camera as an
The Shoot Nations exhibition and      they discussed which of their
                                                                                                                             instrument for capturing and documenting
workshop tour kicked off in London    photos were most powerful and
                                                                                                                             social issues.
in September 2007 at Tate Modern.     how they could use the images
Twenty-five young people took part    to generate change. The young
                                                                              The extraordinary variety                      Two workshops were run alongside the
in a workshop exploring photogra-     photographers also looked at how
                                                                                                                             exhibition: one for local Plan and partner
phy’s effectiveness in conveying      some iconic photographs had             and the quality of the images
                                                                                                                             NGO staff and one for 65 young people
the opinions of the younger           changed the world and the best          submitted reflects young                       from Delhi. The staff workshop briefed the
generation and in acting as a         ways for young people to ensure         people’s determination to be                   participants on the Shoot Nations concept
catalyst for change. The              their views are listened to.            seen and heard.                                of campaigning and communicating using
participants took to the streets of
                                                                                                                             photography and how this can enhance
the South Bank with a set of clues    After the workshop, the Shoot                      Maitreyi Maheshwari,                young people’s influence and media
to find certain physical locations    Nations London Exhibition opened                   Tate Modern youth                   literacy. During the youth workshop,
and abstract features to              at Southwark Cathedral Refectory.                  programme curator.                  teams of young people went out on the
photograph. Back at Tate Modern
                                                                                                                             streets to take pictures which represented
                                                                                                                             issues important to them. They then
BERLIN, GERMANY - Labyrinth Kindermuseum                                                                                     presented their photos to the group and
Shoot Nations was launched in         articulate their opinions, fears and                                                   explained why they believed the pictures
Berlin on 23rd September 2007 by      agendas. Dorrie praised the engag-                                                     were important and how they could be
internationally acclaimed director,   ing and proactive nature of Shoot                                                      used to bring about change.
writer and actress Doris Dorrie.      Nations and expressed a hope
Dorrie and Plan Germany board         for more projects run on the same
member Antje Arold-Hahn spoke         lines, suggesting film as another
about the need to listen to young     appropriate form of communication.
people around the world when they
                                                                                                                               Instead of thousand words, a good
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO - International Conference Centre                                                                    photograph is enough to say the
The exhibition and workshop           example of global youth advocacy.      children’s rights. The teams then                 same. I have learnt that in Shoot
received a fantastic reception in                                            selected one of their photographs                 Nations Workshop.
Burkina Faso. More than 2,000         85 teenagers from Ougadougou           to present to the rest of the group,
people visited the exhibition         participated in the workshop. They     explaining what it represented                                  Pankaj Kumar,
which coincided with a major Plan     were given a crash course in digi-     and why it was important. They                                  Umang group, Uttarkashi,
conference on children’s rights.      tal photography and then went out      discussed what they could do with                               New Delhi workshop.
Delegates were invited to view the    in the city to take photos inspired    the photo to raise awareness of
Shoot Nations exhibition as an        by four specific issues relating to    the issue involved.

                                                               My drawing expressed my indignation for
                                                               the disastrous consequences of the
                                                               Dafur crisis and the war in Iraq on children.
                                                               Through my drawing, I would like to raise
                                                               people and the youth’s awareness so that
                                                               we all say NO to war!

                                                                       Oumarou Ouedrago, 19, Burkina Faso
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         Countries that participated in

         Shoot Nations 2007

         Workshop or exhibition location


Shoot Nations 2006                              Shoot Nations 2007                                    Shoot Nations 2008
Theme: Journeys                                 Theme: Governance                                     Theme: Young people in changing climate
Number of participants: 131                     Number of participants: 950                           Exhibitions:, London
Number of photos submitted: 341                 Number of photos submitted: 1,500                     Other activities: Presentation to the Global Youth
Number of countries: 35                         Location of workshops and exhibitions: London,        Congress - Quebec, Canada
Exhibition: Association of Photographers        Berlin, Ouagadougou, New Delhi
Gallery, London                                 Other activities: Presentation to the UN in NYC
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International Youth Day (IYD) is a United Nations                 Dominican Republic, England and the USA spoke
initiative which started in August 2000. It is intended to        at the UN HQ about the need to listen to young
promote awareness of a UN programme of action to                  people’s voices and gave examples of how children
address the problems of young people and increase                 across the world are successfully involved in
opportunities for their participation in society. The             improving their communities.
programme recognises the right young people have to
shape their future.                                               The students presented a light-box art installation of 48
                                                                  Shoot Nations photographs to the UN. The light-box is
On International Youth Day 2007 a group of stu-                   now permanently displayed in the Youth Department of
dents representing Shoot Nations from El Salvador,                Economic and Social Affairs at the UN Headquarters.

                                              As I was stood outside of the United Nations building I
                                              was thinking to myself, ‘I’m actually here, the place where
                                              changes can be made, voices can be heard.’ When I’m
                                              older I will make sure that more young people can come
                                              and talk to delegates about matters that affect them.

                                                                   Elly Stanyer 16

                                                        I think we stood on stage with an innovation and
                                                        passion no one else in the room could match,
                                                        because we were people talking about what
                                                        mattered most to us, other young people across
                                                        the world.

                                                                             Katy Washington 16

International Youth Day gives the world an opportunity to recognise the potential of youth,
to celebrate their achievements and plan for ways to include them in the development of
their societies. Showcasing young people’s ideas on governance through the Shoot Nations
project will further help young people to be heard and seen.

                Fred Doulton, UN Youth Programme

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                    Shoot Nations is a joint partnership between international children’s charity Plan UK and Photography
                    events company Shoot Experience to encourage young people to express their thoughts on global issues
                    through photography and drawings.

                    Shoot Nations takes place each year to coincide with the United Nations’ International Youth Day, 12th August.

                                                    Founded 70 years ago, Plan is one of the largest child-centred community devel-
                                                    opment organisations in the world reaching 11 million children worldwide. Plan
                                                    works in 62 countries on projects and initiatives that address the causes of pov-
                                                    erty and its impact on children’s lives. Plan works with children, their families and
                                                    communities to build a world where they are safe, healthy and capable of realising
                                                    their full potential. One of Plan’s key aims is to link people across the world to build
                                                    a better future together.
                                                   Shoot Experience produces interactive photography events, competitions,
                                                   workshops and courses; connecting cities, people and ideas, encouraging
                                                   thousands of ordinary and extraordinary people to take to the streets and take
                                                   photographs. Using photography and audience participation, Shoot Experience
                                                   projects open people’s eyes to their surroundings fusing art, culture, technology
                                                   and community. Shoot Experience also produce corporate team building events,
                                                   represent photographers and sell royalty free photos.

                                                   The Department for International Development (DFID) is the UK Government
                                                   department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of pov-
                                                   erty. Shoot Nations is part funded by DFID.

                                                   Times Online have supported Shoot Nations in 2008 by providing a media part-
                                                   nership, and promoting the project via their environment pages. Times online are
                                                   providing a picture editor to judge the winning photos, and supporting the private
                                                   view on International Youth Day at the oxo gallery.

                                                   Times Online readers will be judging one category from a shortlist of 10 images.
                                                   This winner will travel to the World youth Congress in Quebec, Canada to repre-
                                                   sent young people and lobby Youth involvement in Climate Change negotiations

                    We would like to thank the following organisations for their continued support:

          , the National Geographic Society, and for providing
                    prizes for our winners. A special thanks to for printing of the exhibitions.

                    We would also like to thank the United Nations for their interest and involvement and for providing a
                    platform for young people on International Youth Day.
       Zabir, 19,
     Bangladesh     Many thanks to the judges, Nick Ray (Times Online), Janice McLaren (The Photographers’ Gallery), Hamish
                    Mackenzie (Plan) and Hannah White & Brett Jefferson Stott (Shoot Experience) for their time and expertise.
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        I heard about the competition on the radio and realized that this was all
        about letting the youth’s voice be heard. It appealed to me very much!
        This was an opportunity I couldn’t miss! I felt that someone finally wanted
        to here what I, as the Youth, thought about the government. The situation
        in South Africa also proved as great inspiration. This country needs to be
        heard and shown to the world. I also found that representing my country
        was a great thing!

                      Nellie Daniel, 19, Winner, South Africa

                                                                                      Mohanad Al-mshaikh

                                                                                      Ryan Bonner

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