The EYE SEE -Children's digital photography project- workshop was held in the city of Awassa, Ethiopia from October 31 (Sunday) to November 4 (Thursday), 2010.
Conducted jointly by UNICEF and Sony Corporation, the EYE SEE project gives children around the world the opportunity to take note of social issues in their community, and express and send out their own thoughts and views on them, through the medium of digital photography. In 2010, it marked its sixth year. This year's installment was held on the theme of children's rights, and particularly the right to receive an education.
For the workshop, special invitations were issued to five of the Youth Award winners of the Sony World Photography Award, in addition to 24 children from various parts of Ethiopia and local trainers. The workshop was facilitated by the renowned humanitarian photographer Reza, who also served as a judge for the Youth Award.
During the five-day workshop, the children learned not only about the techniques of photography beginning from the basics but also how to convey their thoughts and to portray the world as seen through their eyes with photos. They also took thousands of photos on the project sites related to the children's right to receive an education, which was the main theme of the workshop. The participants remembered the message from Reza on the first day -‘Open your eyes, and open your heart’. They interviewed the children who go to school but also work to support their family, women health workers, etc, and took powerful pictures that tell the stories. The five Youth Award winners expressed what they actually felt on their first visit to Ethiopia as seen through teenaged eyes with their photos and in their blogs.