Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia





 IOM CA launches a photography award and invites University Students and Artists/Photographers (citizens of Central Asia) to submit photographs related to the theme Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia aiming to draw attention and stimulate dialogue around the theme of migration through powerful photography, story writing and open discussions with government and non government stakeholders, societies and communities; its key goals are raising awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities.


Central Asia has been a crossroads of goods and people from the days of the Silk Road. Today hundreds of thousands of people move daily across the international borders in search of employment and opportunity, while millions of Central Asians work abroad and remit funds to their families. Migrants are an invisible force which is not always acknowledged. Their presence enriches the countries they reside by their contribution in cultural, social and economic activities. All photographs revealing this underlying power in a realistic or symbolic form are welcome.


Photographs from both categories should bear a relationship to the subject/theme and can be of any photographic genre: i/documentary ii/ street photography iii/ staged iv/ conceptual, other.
A short text should also accompany the series of the photographs,
either describing the images and telling their story or providing a short abstract which presents the concept of the artist.
See more info on how to enter.


University Students
There will be two winners in this category. The award for the first winner and second winner will be a 4-6 months paid internship at IOM in Central Asia. During their internships the aim will be for both students to work together to create an online photo-book on migration themes based on IOM’s activities in Central Asia.

There will be three winners in this category. The first winner will have the opportunity to present his work at Central Asia cities (Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe and others), travel to the openings of the exhibitions and also be one of the key speakers at IOM’s open discussions. IOM will work with the photographer/artist for the creation of an IOM CA photo-book. IOM will work closely with its partners to identify residency and other possible opportunities for the professional development of the winning photographer/artist. The second and the third winners will have their works produced by IOM CA and presented in the traveling exhibitions.