Send us your photo, illustration or text that shows your views on the right of association, the right to peaceful assembly (protests) and freedom of speech in the digital age.
Deadline: June 1, 2021
If you are an artist, if you are engaged in photography, painting or writing and if for you art is a megaphone for expressing a civil position on important, public topics - dare and apply to the 4th edition of the competition for socially engaged art
The right of association, the right to peaceful assembly (protests) and freedom of speech are being recharged with new content and a way of exercising in the virtual world. How do you perceive this digital transformation - more opportunities, more freedom or more limitations and challenges? What does your imagination say?
Show us through your photos, illustrations or texts - send them to us by June 1, 2021 and participate in the competition.
You can use one of the following questions as a starting point for your creative idea:
>> How do we fight censorship, misinformation and fake news in the online environment? – the intersection between freedom of expression, critical thinking and telling lies.
>> How do we protest from virtual squares? - digital tools that help to express a civil position on important public issues.
>> How do we associate and work online in the name of common causes? – the voice of civil society organizations and their communities in the online space, new forms of unification and association in the virtual boundless world.
The author's works can be built on real examples and events that have inspired you to share your point of view as an artist on the theme of digital recharging of the right of association, the right to peaceful assembly or freedom of speech.
>> Applying for the CIVIC ALARM CLOCK 2021 competition: April 1 - June 1, 2021
>> Online public voting: June 15 - July 15, 2021
>> CIVIC ALARM CLOCK FESTIVAL, awarding the authors and opening of the exhibition in Sofia: August 26, 2021
>> Concluding the award contracts with the awarded authors: at the end of August - beginning of September 2021
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marin Bodakov ("Text"), Miroslav Marinov ("Photography") and Velina Mavrodinova ("Illustration") are part of the jury of the CIVIC ALARM CLOCK competition since 2019. They will lead 3 creative workshops in which they will share valuable guidelines and techniques on how to develop a conceptual idea and turn it into a text, photograph or illustration of high artistic value. The members of the jury will also give a lot of practical advice that will be useful when you want to convey through your work a socially engaged message. The meetings will be held in Bulgarian.
The workshops will be very useful for the candidates in this year's competition. Don't miss this incredible chance!
>> Two names, e-mail and telephone number for contact with the author / author's team;
>> Category of the work / series of works;
>> Title of the work / series of works;
>> Short argumentation of the creative idea, referring to the chosen right / rights (maximum up to 100 words);
>> A short history of the work / series of works - when it was created and what provoked the author / author team to create it;
>> Consent, resp. the disagreement of the author / author's team for publishing the work / series of works on the Facebook page of the competition for voting by the public.
Important: Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law will make a preliminary selection of the received applications for their compliance with the topic and the rules of the competition. Author's works that do not meet the conditions of the competition, damage the good name of the organizer, incite violence or hate speech will not be allowed to be evaluated by the jury, as well as for public voting.
Important: Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law does not use, distribute or promote in any way unclassified by the jury works received at the application stage, whose authors in the application form have noted their explicit disagreement with their works to be published on the Facebook page of the competition for public voting.
Bulgarian and foreign authors can participate in the competition. Works by established authors are accepted, as well as the application of artists who are at the beginning of their creative career. Participants do not have to have professional creative experience or have their works exhibited or published elsewhere.
Authors can participate in any of the 3 categories: "Photography", "Illustration", "Text". The works will be reviewed and evaluated by a jury of prominent professionals and cultural figures in the relevant category:
While the jury evaluates, the public will nominate their favorite works. Online voting will be open from June 15 to July 15, 2021, 11.59 pm on the Civic Alarm Clock Facebook page. The works that received the largest number of shares in their category will receive a special award "The Audience Choice", and their authors will be awarded a cash prize from the prize fund** of the competition.
The best, influential and related to the theme of the competition works will be awarded with cash and symbolic prizes - a set of bandana scarves and canvas bags with the design vision of the CIVIC ALARM CLOCK.
The authors of the works ranked by the jury, as well as those selected by the audience for the prize "First place" in each of the three categories, will receive a cash prize. They will distribute the funds from the prize fund ** of the competition. They will also have the opportunity to promote their work through a special interview in Spisanie 8.
A wider selection of works will be presented in an outdoor exhibition in the capital's city park, as well as promoted in an online exhibition. The awarded works will be published in an online bank for free use of images on the website of Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
Digital copies of copyrighted photographs, illustrations and texts are sent in the following format: jpg, png, pdf or word - as attachments or, if larger than 5 MB, via a link to download the files from a free sharing platform (e.g. wetransfer.com; dox.bg; tranz.it; dropbox.com).
The application form and the attached works are sent to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, contact person - Aylin Yumerova.
Application deadline: June 1, 2021, inclusive.
For the fourth year, we are looking for donors to support and encourage young artists to develop their talent, inspired by what is happening with our civil rights.
By June 1, 2021, we aim to raise the amount of BGN 1,500.
The collected donations will be distributed in the form of cash prizes for the six most exciting works in the categories of the competition - "Illustration", "Photography" and "Text", selected by a jury and after a vote of the audience.
Together we will pay due attention to the new, talented generation of illustrators, photographers and writers - awake to their rights and engaged in the themes of civil society in Bulgaria. We believe that they are the new voices, critical and powerful in their speech, mastering the power of art. They are the megaphone of time.
Donate to the cause of CIVIC ALARM CLOCK and become an engine for change!
The mission of the Bulgarian Center for not-for-profit law is to help people come together and share their ideas for a better world. With the CIVIC ALARM CLOCK competition for the fourth year we give space to awake and socially engaged artists to send messages about the importance of freedom to associate for common actions, to openly defend our goals and to say what we think. We trust the power of art and believe that it can bring change in people and communities.
So far, more than 280 authors have taken part in the editions of the competition. Thanks to donors we managed to support the creative development of 9 young artists, with a total value of BGN 2,550.
114 authors with 226 illustrations, photographs and texts took part in the CIVIC ALARM CLOCK 2020 competition. Each of the winners in the 3 categories received a cash prize of BGN 300.
You can be one of them this year. Participate!
The competition is realized with the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Sofia Municipality under the "Culture" Program for 2021
With the media partnership of:
The author of the title photo "Keep Walking" is Tuncher Eminov, awarded in the "Photography" category at the "Civic Alarm Clock" competition for 2018.