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For Public Exhibition in Refugee week

Theme: Building Sanctuary in Swansea

  • Does your local group welcome people seeking sanctuary? or
  • Are you an asylum seeker or refugee who is involved with a local organisation?

Please send us your photos and/or tell us your stories.

We want photos and stories which focus on asylum seekers and refugees
and their links to local organisations, including community groups,
schools, faith groups, etc.

The links could be through volunteering in a range of ways or simply taking part in these organisations’ activities. We also want the photos and stories to illustrate and celebrate the variety of groups and organisations which welcome asylum seekers and refugees. We hope they will show ways in which local organisations can translate their welcome into making a real difference.

There will be two categories to this competition. They will be judged for how well they illustrate Building a ‘City of Sanctuary’ in Swansea and the themes above.

1. Photography These could be portraits or self-portraits of asylum seekers or refugees, or photos which illustrate the above themes in another way. We prefer digital photos of minimum 5 Megapixels sent by email or on CD as jpg, tif or raw files, but will accept all kinds of photos. Please include some notes or explanation (up to 100 words), including title, and name of photographer.

2. Short Story These should be about real asylum seekers or refugees (part of your own story; or something you write with and about someone else). They could be in any format (prose, poetry, even just notes). Maximum 250 words. We are interested in the content, not the English or the literary quality. In order to display the best stories, we may come back to you and work with you to edit or illustrate your story.

Under-18s – there may be a special prize for the best contribution by a young person in each category. Please tell us your age.


Confidentiality – you always need written permission from the person being photographed. For a photograph showing children you must get the parent’s permission to photograph and exhibit the photograph.

The Judge’s decision is final.

You can enter as many times as you want in each category as long as it is your own work.

Prizes: The winning entries will be announced in June and prizes awarded.

Closing date: Sat 23 May 2009
No entries will be accepted after the closing date.

How to Enter
Please send your entries, with your name, address, phone number and/or email by one of the following means:

  • Post them to Swansea City of Sanctuary, c/o 25 Mansel St. Swansea, SA1 5SQ.
  • Give them in personally to Ingrid at one of the SBASSG drop-ins (Fridays 5-7 pm, basement of Brunswick Methodist Church, St Helens Rd; or Saturdays 2-5 pm, St Phillips Community Centre (opposite Tesco’s). For example Ingrid may be able to help you transfer a photo taken on your mobile phone or digital camera, providing you bring the cable with you.

The winning entries and others will be shown as part of our ‘Swansea City of Sanctuary’ exhibition during Refugee Week Wales, and launched on Sat 13 June at the National Waterfront Museum. They may become part of a touring exhibition.

Help Wanted
Please let us know if you would like to help organise the exhibition over the next few weeks.