Indigenous Photo Competition 2018 Exhibition

Sinchi’s annual photography competition provides a unique opportunity for visual storytellers around the world to be recognized for their talent and commitment to the preservation of culture and indigenous rights. The aim of the competition is to celebrate the strength and beauty of indigenous culture and cultural diversity. This can be inspired from activism, relationship to nature, spirituality, community, everyday life to art, music and cultural practice. Participants were invited to submit up to 6 photos for the series award or singular photos for portrait and artistic merits awards.

‘The challenge is for all of us to care enough about what lies outside our own world, so we can recover what is nearly lost’ – UNESCO declaration on cultural diversity.

Our distinguished jury included internationally acclaimed photographer Jimmy Nelson, Aboriginal Australian photographer and former NAIDOC Artist of the Year Wayne Quilliam and founder of Natives Photograph + last years’ winner Josue Rivas.

Indigenous Photo Competition 2018- the Exhibit

The Sinchi Photo Competition 2018 will be concluded with a month long exhibition of all the winners, opening on February 21st. The opening and exhibit will be held at well-known cultural venue Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Pakhuis de Zwijger is a Dutch government- funded meeting place for the local creative industry and has some great traffic and exposure for our visual storytellers, our partners & the communities they represent.


The program of the evening will include 10 minute lectures by a few of our winners and their projects supporting indigenous rights in respective countries, a raffle for a local cause with communities currently under threat of land grabbing in Brazil and a performance by an indigenous Cordillera music group from the Philippines. If you’re around, please join us for this inspiring and culturally diverse evening in Amsterdam.

Further details on the program will soon be published on this page.