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New EU-funded project to support photographers in the Eastern Partnership countries

Project : SAY CHEESE!
Published at : 2013-01-30

To create more favorable conditions for the development of photographic art, to strengthen collaboration between photographers from Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Moldova, to strive to improve quality, increase recognition and competitiveness of photo works from these countries – these are the aims of the new EU project SAY CHEESE!


On 24-25 January 2013, in Raubichi (Belarus), project partners, representing associations of photographers and publishers from five Eastern Partnership countries, signed a cooperation agreement and discussed the details of their common work. Over the next two and a half years, each partner country will host a number of events as part of the project, including round tables, conferences, seminars, business forums, photo contests, exhibitions and open-airs. Partners will also create a common online photo school and will publish Eastern Partnership Family Photo Album which will include best works of Belarusian, Armenian, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, and Azerbaijani photographers. In March 2013, Minsk (Belarus) will host an international conference Prospects for the development of Eastern Partnership photography. Participants of the conference will have an opportunity to take part in round tables and discuss the challenges of photography development in Eastern Partnership countries, opportunities for cooperation between national association of photographers, as well as other relevant issues. But the most important result of the project will be the revival of creative contacts between Armenian, Belarusian, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, and Azerbaijani photographers.   

One of the first activities of the project will be a large-scale survey, designed to assess the state of photography development in all Eastern Partnership countries.

Project “SAY CHEESE! EASTERN PARTNERSHIP FAMILY ALBUM. Capacity building, networking and promotion of thematic Eastern Partnership photography” is implemented within the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme funded by the European Union. The project will last for 30 months; its budget equals to 622 700 euro. Project partners are Local foundation for promotion of international dialogue and cooperation “Interakcia” (project developer and Lead Partner), Belarusian public association “Photoiskusstvo”, Advertising private enterprise “Riftur” (Belarus), Armenian Photographers National Association, Association of Photographers of Georgia, “Best Seller” LTD (Georgia), Union of Photo Artists of Moldova, National Union of Artist Photographers of Ukraine, with participation of Azerbaijan Photographers Union (associate partner).

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Contact (general information and work with press): Marina Borisova, project’s communication and visibility manager, +375 29 873 35 82,

Contact in Armenia: Sergey Hakobyan, chairman of Armenian Photographers National Association,, +374 91 547 894,

Contact in Belarus: Sergey Plytkevich, chairman of Belarusian public association “Photoiskusstvo”, +375 29 669 85 51,

Contact in Georgia: Nino Mghebrishvili, Association of Photographers of Georgia, member of the board, +995 91 143 185,

Contact in Moldova: Anatolie Poiata, chairman of the Union of Photo Artists of Moldova, +373 69 122 989,

Contract in Ukraine: Rostislav Kondrat, National Union of Artist Photographers of Ukraine, secretary of the board, +38 097 610 71 33,

Contact in Azerbaijan: Anna Suleymanova, Azerbaijan Photographers Union, member of the board,