Kabul Photo Biennale

Afghanistan has often been seen as a place of conflict and strife, but Afghans know this is far from the whole story. The country is a place of extraordinary resilience, where some of the world’s most ancient cultural traditions mingled, where there are stunningly varied landscapes, where beauty, pride, and optimism are national characteristics. Afghans retain a deep well of hope and optimism for a better future.

In partnership with the Government of Afghanistan, and with the support of the Korean Government, UNESCO organized a photo competition where it brought together the best photos taken by photographers, dreamers, creative visionaries, and visual communicators of what makes Afghan cultural heritage so rich. The competition gathered 1,979 camera photos and 1,057 mobile photos from across the country between November 2015 and March 2016. The Independent Jury led by Mr. Reza Deghati examined each and every photo with admiration, finally selecting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the camera photo section, and Top 3 winners for the mobile phone photo section. Each photo was given a number and the selection process was carried anonymously. The jury selected the winners unanimously.

The photo exhibition "The Afghanistan We Are Proud Of", which offers a selection of the photos received for the competition, wishes to share the rich culture and nature of Afghanistan with the aim of re-cultivating an atmosphere of peace, freedom and beauty.