Holocaust Memorial Day Photo Contest Winners Revealed

ByDavid M. Conte

Jan 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) announced the winners of its second photography competition organized on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the theme for the HMD 2022 competition was ‘One day’ and was open to participants between the ages of 14 and 25, who were asked to send in a photograph that completed the phrase “One day…”.

The competition jury included the photographers Rankin and Mussa Uwitonze (who was orphaned during the Rwandan genocide), Open Eye Gallery curator Mariama Attah, HMDT Trustee Tulip Siddiq MP and HMDT CEO Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE. The panel was looking for creative and original images, where the photographer was clearly committed to the “One Day” theme. An HMDT spokesperson explained, “One Day looks to the past, present and future. We learn from the mistakes of the past, celebrate individual identities today, and act for a future free from identity-based hostility.

memorial day - the winning image of the 2022 Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Photography Contest by Julia Rapoport

“A Day of Remembrance” – the winning image of the 2022 Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Photography Competition by Julia Rapoport

The big winner was ‘One Day of Remembrance’ by Julia Rapoport, 18. She explained, “I wanted to create a photograph that focused on both the hope and the memory of Holocaust survivors; I chose to represent this with the use of the ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ flower, symbolizing on one side the victims, and on the other the persecutors, who, by picking the petals, illustrate their control over the fate of the prisoner. The meaning behind the flower is “never to be forgotten”, Holocaust victims reach out, stained with dirt and bruises, desperate not to be among the faceless millions who died alongside them. Rankin said of the winning image, “It’s a great image. Conceptually brilliant, technically well executed and emotionally very touching.

the Mariama Attah, curator of Open Eye Gallery commented, “The submissions for the HMDT One Day competition were impressive in their empathy, maturity and insight. The photographers showed real diversity in their approach, practice and vision, and I think they offered unique perspectives that surprised and delighted me. Friend judge, Tulip Siddiq MPadmitted, “I was blown away by the photos, which were all powerful and poignant. The photos gave me hope that as a society we can learn from past mistakes and forge a better future.

The three co-finalists were 16 years old Sophie Harris-Aldred with his image ‘One day, pack a suitcase’, 19 years old Eloise Bishop with his photo ‘A day when things don’t go like clockwork’ and 21 years old Mira Svestarska with his photo ‘One day there is only one photo left’. This was the second year of the contest, which last year had as its theme “Illuminate the Darkness”.

One day packing a suitcase by Sophie Harris-Aldred

“Someday Pack a Suitcase” by Sophie Harris-Aldred

Of her image, One Day Packing, Sophie Harris-Aldred explained, “Pack a suitcase,” they told many before being forced onto a cattle train, with no clue as to where they were going. Some weren’t told to pack, nor given the chance, they were just taken away on the spot. Few, if any, knew this could be the last crate they packed, placing personal effects such as clothes, books, letters, shoes, jewelry, sentimental valuables and children’s toys. One case per person; No more. Packing a suitcase today will never cross our minds like it did for the victims, because we know we can go back to the stuff left at home, they didn’t.

A Day When Things Don't Go Smoothly by Eloise Bishop

“A Day When Things Don’t Go Like Clockwork” by Eloise Bishop

Of her runner-up image, A Day When Things Didn’t Go Smoothly, Eloise Bishop revealed, ‘On display at Auschwitz-Birkenau is a set of keys. There was a day when the person who had these keys was forced out of their home. They took their keys with them, hoping that one day they would return. That day would never come for most during the Holocaust. This photo of my keys, taken on the Glasgow Underground, reminds us how lucky most of us are to be able to return home at the end of each day.

One day all that's left is an old photograph of Mira Sveshtarska

“One day there is only one old photograph left” by Mira Sveshtarska

Talking about her finalist image, One day there is only one old photo left, Mira Sveshtarska noted, “In a small foreign country, in a small village, in a house that is crumbling under the pressure of unforgiving time, hangs all that is left of someone’s life – a soul captured and imprisoned in old photographs. A stark reminder of a moment that no longer exists.’

the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is a charity set up and funded by the UK government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in the UK.. HMD has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK Memorial Ceremony and over 10,000 local activities taking place across the UK on or around January 27 each year. Holocaust Memorial Day encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. HMDT promotes and supports HMD in remembering the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the millions killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. To find out more visit: www.hmd.org.uk

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