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For Immediate Release
September 29, 2009

Barbara Ayotte, Director of Communications, SocialDocumentary.net
bayotte@socialdocumentary.net; 617.549.0152

Kevin Donegan, Director of Communications, Center for Economic and Social Rights
kdonegan@cesr.org; 415.992.5307/+34.91.448.3971


Call for EntriesSocialDocumentary.net (SDN) is pleased to announce that the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) will be its partner for the SDN photography competition Crisis & Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession.

"We are very pleased to partner with The Center for Economic and Social Rights. CESR is a leading international voice on human rights whose mission compliments the goals of the SDN competition to document these challenging economic times," said Glenn Ruga, SDN founder.

"The current global economic crisis has shown how politics and flawed policies exacerbate poverty, inequality and deprivation. SDN's forthcoming competition is a terrific opportunity for photographers to document the impacts of the recession on people, especially from a human rights perspective," said Ignacio Saiz, executive director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights.

CESR's mission is to work for the recognition and enforcement of economic and social rights as a powerful tool for promoting social justice and human dignity. CESR exposes violations of economic and social rights through an interdisciplinary combination of legal and socioeconomic analysis. Together with civil society groups around the world, CESR advocates for changes to economic and social policy at the international, national and local levels so as to ensure these comply with international human rights standards.

Crisis and Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession is accepting photo essay entries until December 1. First prize winners receive $1,500 cash and an exhibition at powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY, February 15-March 14, 2010, features on the SDN website and a Lowepro bag. Three honorable mention photographers will also have some of their work displayed at powerHouse, features on SDN, and a LowePro bag. An exhibition catalogue, printed by Meridian Printing, will be available at the opening of the exhibition at powerHouse Arena. CESR will write the introduction.
For more details on the contest rules and terms, please visit

About SDN

SocialDocumentary.net (SDN) uses the power of photography to promote global awareness. SDN's members include photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students who create and explore documentary websites investigating critical issues facing the world today. Recent exhibits have explored oil workers in the Niger River Delta, male sex workers in India, Central American immigrant women during their journey north, and Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Greece. SDN was launched in October 2008. Glenn Ruga is the founder. SDN is based in Lowell, MA www.socialdocumentary.net

About CESR

CESRThe Center for Economic and Social Rights works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, it seeks to uphold the universal right of every human being to education, food and water, health, housing, work and social security, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity. It has offices in Madrid and New York. www.cesr.org